Mauritshuis

Hague, Netherlands

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.

References:

Comments

Your name



Address

Plein 29, Hague, Netherlands
See all sites in Hague

Details

Founded: 1822
Category: Museums in Netherlands

Rating

4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Bülent Kaplan (6 months ago)
Beautiful museum full of amazing paintings. It was great to see the original of the girl with the pearl earring. Although it is a bit smaller than I thought it was not disappointing at all. Other than Wermeer, you can also see some Rembrandt paintings as well as other masterpieces. Highly recommended. It is also worth mentioning that the museum is free of charge for museum card holders.
Kentaro Wada (7 months ago)
A must visit art museum in Haag (actually in the Netherlands!) where you can see the masterpiece of Vermeer and Rembrandt. The museum gets busier and busier so I would highly recommend to go there at 10 am which is the opening time so that you can avoid congestion in the museum.
Georgia Sands (7 months ago)
Definitely a must see museum while you are in Den Haag, I spent about four hours here. Make sure to take your own headphones so you can scan the QR code and listen to the audio descriptions. Makes it a much more immersive experience. The building's architecture is a marvel in its own right. And of course with so many Dutch Golden Age paintings and artists you've got to take it all in.
Goran S. (8 months ago)
Spent an hour in the museum which was great stop along my route. There are many great paintings and you can easily take more time to read and listen about each one. As my visit was at weekday afternoon there was no big crowds at the entrance.
Liz Taft (9 months ago)
Yes, there she is. “The Girl with the Pearl Earring painted by Johannes Vermeer. The building is stunning and it was once a home. This is a must see. Book online for tickets and choose your entry time too. I won’t spoil it for you, but just know that the collection will far exceed your expectations, all seen in this grand home. Enjoy every moment.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Doune Castle

Doune Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c. 1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scots, and Regent of Scotland from 1388 until his death. Duke Robert"s stronghold has survived relatively unchanged and complete, and the whole castle was traditionally thought of as the result of a single period of construction at this time. The castle passed to the crown in 1425, when Albany"s son was executed, and was used as a royal hunting lodge and dower house.

In the later 16th century, Doune became the property of the Earls of Moray. The castle saw military action during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and Glencairn"s rising in the mid-17th century, and during the Jacobite risings of the late 17th century and 18th century.