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An interactive journey

To visit DIVA is to journey through her 850 m²-house. Acting as your personal guide, DIVA’s butler will allow you a peek inside the various rooms where her most precious treasures are kept, and you’ll be able to admire them to your heart’s content because DIVA regards her visitors as privileged guests and she wants them to enjoy her wondrous world to the full.

Your first steps inside DIVA’s house take you into her amazing Wunderkammer. In this contemporary interpretation of a chamber exhibiting a collection of curiosities, objects from every corner of the globe are brought together in a cocoon of luxury.  As you marvel at them, you’ll learn all about Antwerp’s illustrious past, for until the middle of the seventeenth century the city led the way in the production and distribution of art and luxury goods. Silverware, jewellery, precious stones and exotic curiosities like coconuts, shells and coral were highly sought-after. Each object has a story to tell, and so do its collectors.

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In the next room you’ll learn how all these beautiful objects were made. The art of diamond-cutting and silversmithing is demonstrated in the middle of a timeless atelier. Take a seat at a workbench and select the information that interests you most.

 

DIVA’s butler will then take you inside the world of international diamond trading. A multimedia globe makes it instantly clear why Antwerp was and still is the diamond centre of the world. Projected trade routes illustrate how diamonds have made their way to Antwerp for 550 years. Screens and short films provide a wealth of additional information. But don’t worry, DIVA’s butler will wait until you are ready to continue to the next room!  

 

In the next room DIVA invites you to take a seat at her surrealist arrangement of tables, decked with costly silver services worthy of the grandest of banquets. You’ll overhear tantalizing snippets of conversation. A central spoken narrative conjures up an atmosphere of plenitude, pure decadence even. The rules of etiquette and stories about some of Antwerp’s aristocratic families shed light on the use of silver and the different lifestyles of rich and poor.

 

Before entering DIVA’s boudoir, you’ll step into a strongroom. Just answer a few questions and you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of information and stories. Tests, which you’ll carry out yourself, film excerpts and animated films will provide insight into diamond crime and what is being done to tackle the problem.   

 

You leave DIVA in style.... through DIVA’s jewellery boudoir where she keeps her most precious treasures. Discover the DIVA in yourself!

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DIVA celebrates its opening with a grand party on May 5th and 6th!

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Soon, there will be an additional DIVA in Antwerp. Apart from the Cathedral, there will be the DIVA of the Coral Mountain, the highest point of Antwerp.

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DIVA was conceived in 2013 when the Diamond Museum and the Silver Museum closed and the time was deemed right to create a new home for the collections from those two museums.

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DIVA's future looks bright. Or is it flawless white and shiny as you may expect from an exceptional diamond? Whatever it may be, DIVA is ready.