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3 paintings not to miss during your visit to The Hague

Most major cities have a painting that is world-famous; Amsterdam has the Night Watch, Paris the Mona Lisa and Milan the Last Supper. The Hague has no less than three! Three masterpieces that people from all over the world make a trip to the city for. And usually you are not standing behind a crowd, craning your neck to catch just a glimpse of the work. Check out the must-see paintings in The Hague here.

Girl with a Pearl Earring | Mauritshuis

One of the most iconic paintings in the world, hangs in the Mauritshuis: The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Delft painter Johannes Vermeer. He painted it in the period 1665-1667. The painting is not a portrait but a so-called tronie: a fantasy head. Tronies depict a particular type or character, in this case a girl in exotic attire, wearing an oriental turban and an improbably large pearl in her ear. Who the girl was is a mystery to this day.

Master of light
Vermeer was the master of light. Here, this can be seen in the softness in the girl's face, the glints on her moist lips. And to the gleaming pearl. 
Despite, or perhaps because of her mysteriousness, the girl is the most famous girl in the world. And an inspiration to many artists, from films to music. The girl even has her own Spotify list!

“Who run the world? Girls!”
Mauritshuis Binnen3
Paulus Potter's impressive Stier (bull). Special for the time because little so 'ordinary' was painted very large.

While you are there........

There is much more beauty from the Golden Age to admire at the Mauritshuis. Be sure to see Rembrandt's impressive Anatomy Lesson, Paulus Potter's enormous Bull and be enchanted by Fabritius' touching Goldfinch. Donna Tart wrote a book about this extraordinary little bird.

Het Puttertje Carel Fabritius Mauritshuis
The Little Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. This touching little bird offers comfort even to ICC judges.


Once you've said goodbye to the girl, there's more special things to see around the Mauritshuis.

  • Escher in Het Paleis: Marvel at Escher's optical illusions in an old palace.
  • Rijksmuseum de Gevangenpoort: At this museum, you go back in time and experience the story of crime and punishment. Very exciting! 
  • Museum Quarter; The Mauritshuis is located in the Museum Quarter where you will find no less than 14 cultural hotspots.
Mauritshuis Hofvijver
Escher in het Paleis
In a beautiful old palace on Lange Voorhout, you can see, experience and even touch Escher's work!

Victory Boogiewoogie | Kunstmuseum Den Haag

You may already know that Piet Mondrian's Victory Boogiewoogie hangs at Kunstmusuem Den Haag. But did you also know that this museum has the largest Mondrian collection in the world? The Victory Boogie Woogie is the highlight of the collection and also Mondrian's last work. It was still unfinished when he died. If you look closely, and you can in the Art Museum because it is not always so busy, you can still see the bits of tape. Mondrian still changed the painting from time to time.

The painting depicts all kinds of opposing concepts - which coincide with the New York metropolis: chaos and order, large and small, light and dark, fast and slow, static and dynamic.


Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Victory Boogie Woogie
Having a close look at Piet Mondrian's Victory Boogie Woogie.

While you are there........

Marvel at much more modern art by Picasso, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck, Charley Toorop, Claude Monet and Francis Bacon, among others. Edith by Egon Schiele, the favourite painting of (former) director Benno Tempel, also hangs here. 
The Art Museum is also famous for the impressive fashion exhibitions that regularly take place here. In addition, the museum pays a lot of attention to arts and crafts in its beautiful period rooms. For children, the Wonder Rooms are a treat. And how about the amazing building itself designed by Berlage? In itself a work of art!

And don't forget to have a drink in the museum's inner garden. If only for Theo Jansen's beach animal that lives there permanently.

Katherine Hamnett, T-shirt ‘Cancel Brexit’ (2018) en broek (ca. 1980-1990); T-shirt ‘We are all prostitutes’, ca. 1982/1983, Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Foto: Alice de Groot
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Het Kunstmuseum is also known for its fantastic fashion exhibitions. And for its beautiful building by architect Berlage.


  • KM21 and Fotomuseum Den Haag
    Next door to the Kunstmuseum is KM21; a museum for contemporary visual art with a great diversity of disciplines. The building also houses the Fotomuseum Den Haag and a lovely restaurant with terrace. 
  • Museon - Omniversum
    To the right of the Kunstmuseum you will find two places where everything revolves around the earth, mankind and a sustainable future. Visit Museon for interactive exhibitions and Omniversum for spectacular big-screen films. Fun and educational for young and old.
Fotomuseum Den Haag
Omniversum Den Haag
The Fotomusuem Den Haag (photography-museum) and KM21 are together in one building. | At the Omniversum, you can enjoy impressive big-screen films.
Panorama Mesdag; The only beach in the world where it never rains!

Panorama Mesdag

In 1880, Hendrik Willem Mesdag received the commission of a lifetime: to create a 360-degree painting of his beloved Scheveningen. A vista of the sea, the dunes and the old fishing village of Scheveningen. Mesdag painted the panorama from the Seinpostduin, then the highest dune in Scheveningen.

Largest painting in the Netherlands
The Panorama of Scheveningen is the largest painting in the Netherlands: it is 14.6 metres high and 114.5 metres across. Mesdag could not complete this big job alone. With help from his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, George Hendrik Breitner, Théophile de Bock and Bernard Blommers - all important painters at the time, the Panorama was painted in four months. 

Not only is the Panorama very large, it is also one of the best-preserved panoramas because it is on permanent display and not constantly rolled up.

Museum Panorama Mesdag
Museum Panorama Mesdag-Panorama met publiek
Panorama Mesdag is not only a beautiful painting but at the same time an experience that looks different every hour of the day.

While you are there........

Have a look at the changing temporary exhibitions. These range from very modern to works by Mesdag's contemporaries. Be surprised! 

And, exit through the giftshop! In the museum shop you will find not only souvenirs of the Panorama but also an extensive collection of the nicest museum gifts. As gifts or to keep for yourself.

Badkoetsen en ezeltje rijden - Detail Panorama van Scheveningen
A detail from the grand panorama. Impressive, isn't it?


  • The Mesdag Collection: In the former home of Mesdag and his wife, you can view the collection of paintings by The Hague School and the French Barbizon School.
  • Beeld en Geluid The Hague (Sound and vision): Here you will discover everything about news and journalism. Fun for curious parents and children aged 8 and up.
  • Museum Sophiahof: At this museum you will learn about the significance of the colonial past of the Dutch East Indies.
Beeld en Geluid Den Haag
Museum Sophiahof
At Beeld en Geluid, you will discover all about news and journalism. At the impressive Museum Sophiahof, colonisation, war and migration become tangible.

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