The Mauritshuis is celebrated for its world famous collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th century. You’ll find a unique collection of paintings in this museum, once the home of Count Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen.
The Mauritshuis closed its doors on 1 April 2012 for a two-year refit. Some 100 of the museum’s most important works of art will go on show temporarily from 28 April 2012 until mid-2014 in a separate wing of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague while the renovations take place.The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is housed in one of Holland’s most outstanding classicist buildings next to the Binnenhof in The Hague’s fashionable city centre. The main collection consists of paintings from the Golden Age and a number of paintings from the 18th century. Over the last 200 years the collection of the Mauritshuis has grown from 200 paintings in 1822 to nearly 800 at present.Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals form the core of the collection.While the Mauritshuis is mainly known for its Dutch Golden Age paintings, including the Girl with a Pearl Earring, there is much more to see. How about a wonderful overview of Dutch and Flemish painting from the 15th to the 18th century? From Flemish primitive art to sun-drenched landscapes, from Biblical figures to detailed still lifes and from serene interiors to humorous genre pieces.
Panorama Mesdag is the oldest 19th-century panorama in the world still on its original site. See for yourself the vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen as it appeared in 1880.
The panorama was painted by one of the most famous painters of the Hague School, Hendrik Willem Mesdag. It evokes an almost magical illusion of reality. Visitors find themselves on the top of the Seinpostduin in Scheveningen as it looked in 1880.
The view spreads out endlessly in all directions: to the fishing village with its lighthouse, over the North Sea and the beach with bomschuiten (flat-bottomed fishing boats), to the fashionable seaside resort, where bathing carriages with bathers are being rolled into the sea, over the dune landscape and to The Hague.
The panorama is a cylindrical painting more than 14 metres high and 120 metres in circumference with a surface of 1680 square metres. It is the biggest painting in the Netherlands. More on http://panorama-mesdag.com
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is world-renowned. You can visit a fabulous collection of modern art and dozens of exhibitions every year in a sensational building designed by the Dutch architect H.P. Berlage.The museum is best known for its collection of paintings and drawings by Piet Mondrian. In honour of the most famous Dutch painter of the 20th century, an entire section of the museum is permanently devoted to his early works as well as his last work, the sparkling ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’.The Gemeentemuseum is one of the most important museums in the world for modern art.
The museum’s permanent collection contains not only works by Mondrian, but also works by Picasso, Appel and Klee as well as the Dutch landscapes of the Hague School paintings. In addition, the Gemeentemuseum organises dozens of top-notch expositions each year on modern art, decorative art and fashion.
You’ll find the ‘Treasure Rooms’ on the ground floor, containing highlights from the various museum collections such as paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, Toorop, Willink and Appel and the fantastic dollhouse from 1743. In the basement there is a special permanent exhibition for children and teenagers called the ‘Wonderkamers’.
In the Historical Museum of The Hague you will become acquainted with the colourful history of The Hague. The museum organises changing expositions as well as all kinds of activities.
The Historical Museum of The Hague, the Haags Historisch Museum, is located in the historical heart of The Hague. The museum is housed in the former archery house of St. Sebastian’s guild along the Hofvijver and dates from 1636. The civic guard of St. Sebastian used these quarters for parties and meetings.From the late 18th century, following the dissolution of the civic guard guild, the building was used as a hotel, courthouse and museum.
The Historical Museum of The Hague has been here since 1986. Visitors can treat themselves to paintings of Hague cityscapes, silver objects, dollhouses and even a tongue and toe. More on www.haagshistorischmuseum.nl.
More info on http://www.denhaag.nl