Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 41 voyages. In 1956 it repatriated the remains of Father Damien from Molokai. In 1960, it sailed into the harbour of Antwerp and in 1961, it was equipped as a museum ship. Since 1964, it has been the pearl in Ostend’s crown.
You do not need to book in advance for an individual visit, but you do for group visits. This can be done via the website.
Open daily, even during holiday periods, except on Mondays (closing day). The Mercator remains open during the works on the masts!
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
last visit starts at 16:00-16:15
last visit with a school/group starts at 15h30-15h45