The Mauritshuis museum houses the Royal Cabinet of Paintings which consists of 841 objects, primarily Dutch Golden Age paintings. The collections contains works by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Paulus Potter, Frans Hals, Hans Holbein the Younger, and others. Probably the most famous painting in Mauritshuis is The Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665), one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks. It has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague since 1902. The another masterpiece in collection is the Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp painted by Rembrandt van Rijn (ca. 1632).

Originally, the 17th century building was the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau. In 1820, the Mauritshuis was bought by the Dutch state for the purpose of housing the Royal Cabinet of Paintings. In 1822, the Mauritshuis was opened to the public and housed the Royal Cabinet of Paintings and the Royal Cabinet of Rarities. In 1875, the entire museum became available for paintings. It is now the property of the government of the Netherlands and is listed in the top 100 Dutch heritage sites.

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Founded: 1822
Category: Museums in Netherlands

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Matthew Key (20 months ago)
A phenomenal gallery. I really recommend downloading the app before you go in, the guided tour of the treasures on there is fantastic, detailed and only takes 90 minutes or so.
Pim Willems (21 months ago)
Great museum with some beautiful pieces of art. The layout of the building is great and we didn’t have to wait long to get in. The free audio (and text) tour via the Mauritshuis app makes this a 5 star experience.
Adv Decals (21 months ago)
An outstanding Dutch artists museum in the Hague. The museum has a cozy feel with it's human sized rooms and the paintings are easily viewed and appreciated on a personal level. Download the museum's app, and through it, you will have an audio guide to most of the exhibited art. Vermeer's masterpieces are displayed here with the city scape in Delft being a personal favorite. Museumkaart is accepted here.
Mark Lynch (21 months ago)
Amazing collection of Dutch art from the Golden Age. Great descriptions of each work of art are available in Dutch or English. Well organized throughout. Nice staff. Pleasant restaurant for coffee or tea after the visit. Well worth the price of admission.
Chris Ingram (2 years ago)
An easily accessible gallery in the heart of the city. Friendly and efficient staff were very helpful. The app was great to have as an audio and written guide.
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