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.
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.
Inside there are neat exhibits, one included this cannon off an old 18th century ship.
In the shipping museum exhibit they have a huge display of nautical knots you can try your hand at and I did.
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.
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.
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.
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.