The Hague has approximately thirty museums, some of which are internationally renowned. Others are less familiar, but no less interesting. Museums like the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Panorama Mesdag, the Mauritshuis, Escher Museum, the Fotomuseum (Museum of Photography) and the GEM (Museum of Contemporary Art) add cultural spice to the city.
Escher in Het Paleis
This new centre houses a huge collection of prints and drawings by the world-famous Dutch artist M. C. Escher, plus fascinating explanatory programmes and a host of old family photos, drawings and design sketches that help to bring Escher’s work even more vividly to life.
The Mauritshuis is mostly celebrated for its world famous collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th century. Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer (‘Girl with a pearl earring’), Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Potter, Ruisdael and numerous other masters from the Golden Age form the core of the collection.
Museum of Photography
The Museum of Photography in The Hague hosts at least four topical and refreshing exhibitions each year, featuring both established names and new talents.
GEM is one of the Netherlands’ leading museums for contemporary art and its exhibition area of 2000 m2 also makes it one of the largest. GEM has a trendy in-house café-restaurant called Gember.
The Gemeentemuseum The Hague is world-renowned for its collection of paintings and drawings by Piet Mondriaan.
Museum Beelden aan Zee
A quiet place with sculptures of man, large and small, made of bronze and stone, tender, harsh, sad and cheerful. From the intimacy of the museum one has a surprising view of sea and clouds.
Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting more than 14 meters high and 120 meter in circumference with a surface of 1680 square metres. The vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village was painted by one of the most famous painters of the Hague School, Hendrik Willem Mesdag.