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MoMu's Renovation and the Future

The image shows the front view of the infamous MoMu staircase. A ladder has been placed in the middle of the hallway to represent the renovation.
Entrance hall MoMu
MoMu Antwerp | Stany Dederen

Once the renovations are complete in 2021 we will be presenting the story of Belgian fashion on a permanent basis and giving our visitors a deeper look into our own world-renowned fashion history.

Kaat Debo, director MoMu

MoMu is closed for renovation and will reopen in 2021. During the renovation, you will not be able to visit the museum building on the Nationalestraat in Antwerp.

The image shows a render of how the entrance hall will look like. Upon entering, the staircase will be on the left and right in front will be the cash register.
Render entrance hall MoMu 2020
Render: Studio Dos Santos

Since its opening the museum has committed to holding temporary exhibitions, working closely with the designers to position fashion in an extensive scenography supporting the story of the pieces. MoMu’s own extensive collection, comprising about 30,000 objects, has been less frequently exhibited because of the lack of physical space within the museum. Until now.

The image shows three silhouettes from the MoMu collection. From left to right silhouettes from Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester and Raf Simons are shown.
From left to right: Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester and Raf Simons
MoMu Antwerp | Stany Dederen
The image shows three historical dresses. From left to right: A summer dress in striped cotton decorated with satin ribbon from 1898 - 1900, A dress and skirts in chintz, India, ca. 1770 - 1790 and a dress in cambric, decorated with pleated flounces, 1875
Historical silhouettes from the MoMu collection. Donated by Jacoba De Jonge
MoMu Antwerp | Hugo Maertens

In charge of the modifications to optimize the infrastructure are B-architecten who will respect the building’s original signature designed by Marie-José Van Hee. This means that the spacious entrance hall and the sculptural wooden staircase will remain untouched.

The image shows a pallet transporter in the middle of an aisle in our MoMu depot. The transporter is used to move the heavy boxes.
Moving the depot at MoMu
Photo: Stany Dederen

Respectful, but extensive update.

Rougly 800m² of additional public exhibition space will be created to house a permanent exhibition for the permanent collection. This allows visitors to visit MoMu while thematic exhibition are being changed. Also, an auditorium with retractable stage will be added enabling MoMu to put on more readings, conferences and Q&A sessions.

In addition, MoMu library will also receive a make-over and will be expanding its infrastructure to house the museum’s study collection. Besides reading books and magazines, visitors can study and handle the objects. Behind the scenes, the depots and restoration studios will be complete renewed, which allows MoMu to store collections and archives for future generations in a high-quality infrastructure under the best possible conditions.

The image shows the side view of the MoMu building at Nationalestraat with a new entrance with revolving door, new door for the emergency exit and an extra access to the multipurpose room.
Renewed entrance Nationalestraat with tourniquet. Changes are indicating in red.
The image shows the side view of the MoMu building at the Drukkerijstraat with a new floor, a blind façade, a high auditorium, an educational space above the garage and a new gate.
Renovation of Drukkerijstraat. Changes are indicated in red.

Closes for renovations, open to inspire at other locations.

MoMu is definitely not taking a break but is taking it elsewhere. The museum is stepping out into the world. Its collections of Belgian fashion is the largest in the world and can be seen from Paris to New York

In September, the exhibition "Soft? Tactile Dialogues" will be held on location in the Maurice Verbaet Center in Antwerp. This exhibition presents the work of Belgian textile artists from the 1970s and ‘80s in an inspiring dialogue with contemporary artists who express themselves freely in textiles.

MoMu will continue to organise workshops and birthday parties for children, and a varied selection of guided tours for adults, all on location in Antwerp.

The renovation of MoMu was made possible thanks to an impuls subsidy of Visit Flanders, support from the City of Antwerp and the Province of Antwerp and own resources of the museum.