The Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis is located in the centre of The Hague, the historical and political heart of the Netherlands. A small world-class museum with a formidable collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 16th and 17th century; the golden age of this type of art. In the Mauritshuis, you’ll discover iconic masterpieces, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world to our museum every year. The Mauritshuis should definitely be on your tour when visiting Holland.

It takes some 90 minutes to meet all our masters: Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Peter Paul Rubens, Rachel Ruysch, Carel Fabritius, Judith Leyster and many others.
The most famous painting at the Mauritshuis is without a doubt Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. His View of Delft and Diana and Her Nymphs are on display in the same room.
We have 11 Rembrandts, one of the world’s largest collections of work by the great master. The best known are The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp and his final Self-Portrait.
The oldest painting at the Mauritshuis is Rogier van der Weyden’s The Lamentation of Christ from 1460 – 1464. The most recent painting – Ger Lataster’s Icarus Atlanticus of 1987 – is on the ceiling of the stairwell.

Adjacent from the Mauritshuis, on the other side of the Hofvijver lays the Prince William V Gallery. The Gallery is one of The Hague’s hidden gems. Prince William V of Orange-Nassau had it built in 1774 so he could show his impressive collection of paintings to the public. He did this filling the gallery walls from floor to ceiling. It became the Netherlands’ first ever museum and the foundation for the current Mauritshuis collection.

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