Our Visit to the MAS in Antwerp

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Yesterday, Saturday, we went into Antwerp along the quayside and visited the MAS or Museum Aan de Stroom (River). It is very impressive and located on one of the basins for the Port of Antwerp. This was formerly the site of the former Hanzehuis (Hanseatic House), which was as storage depot in the 16th century.

This is the MAS, Museum Aan de Stroom or Museum on the River.  It has a number of exhibitions about Antwerp, the Port, Ships and Shipping.

This is the MAS, Museum Aan de Stroom or Museum on the River. It has a number of exhibitions about Antwerp, the Port, Ships and Shipping.

You can also see the oldest harbor crane for the Port and also the old custom house for the Port from this vantage point. All those little thumbnail photos on the wall are of each single item curated and stored from the old Shipping Museum and now on display in the MAS.

In the background in front of the MAS in the port basin is the oldest harbor crane in the Port of Antwerp.

In the background in front of the MAS in the port basin is the oldest harbor crane in the Port of Antwerp.

Behind me is the Port of Antwerp Custom House or Deurne.

Behind me is the Port of Antwerp Custom House or Deurne.

Inside there are neat exhibits, one included this cannon off an old 18th century ship.

I am looking down the barrel of an old cannon in the Museum of Shipping exhibit galley at the MAS.

I am looking down the barrel of an old cannon in the Museum of Shipping exhibit galley at the MAS.

In the shipping museum exhibit they have a huge display of nautical knots you can try your hand at and I did.

Knot tying at the end of the shipping museum exhibit at the MAS.

Knot tying at the end of the shipping museum exhibit at the MAS.

Then they had a pristine classic 1935 Belgian Minerva automobile. My Papie’s dad once worked in the Minerva factory then afterwards started his own garage in Hoboken just south of Antwerp.

In the exhibit on Power they had this old (1935) Minerva, a great Belgian designed and produced automobile.

In the exhibit on Power they had this old (1935) Minerva, a great Belgian designed and produced automobile.

Near the last floor of exhibits, I stopped to rest on one of the handrails at the glass walls looking out on Antwerp. This time we are looking north.

Sitting on a handrail on the 4th level of MAS overlooking the north or Antwerp.

Sitting on a handrail on the 4th level of MAS overlooking the north or Antwerp.

Leaving the exhibit on Displays of Power, you are urged to write or draw something on the chalkboard at the exit. I drew one of my “Eggcellent” characters and a small message of farewell.

You are encouraged to write on this board as you exit one of he exhibitions.  I left a message from my cartoon character -  His Eggcellency.

You are encouraged to write on this board as you exit one of he exhibitions. I left a message from my cartoon character – His Eggcellency.

After the MAS we drove in the center and made our way to the Schutterhofstraat for my Mom to shop for a dress. After that we had an early dinner outside at Cafe Horta named after the famous Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta.

2 thoughts on “Our Visit to the MAS in Antwerp

  1. Now that you have seen the cannon, put Patrick O’Brian on your future reading list — YOu don’t have to read it now.

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