Mauritshuis, The Hague

Plein 29, Den Haag
Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)70 302 3456
closed on: Open daily, except 1 January, 6 November, and 25 December
Museum Type: Art
Vermeer Girl with a Pearl Earring Mauritshuis detail

The Mauritshuis is an art museum in The Hague, The Netherlands, particularly renowned for its collection of 17th-century paintings from the so-called Dutch Golden Age.

History and buildings
Founded in the 18th century by Prince William V, the collection is housed since 1822 in the Mauritshuis, a Classicist-style building close to the Dutch Parliament.
The construction which accommodates the museum today was completed in 1641 after a design by architects Jacob van Campen and Pieter Post. The building was commissioned by nobleman Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, from whom it takes its name, as his private residence.
Between 2012 and 2014, the home of the Mauritshuis underwent a major renovation and expansion project after a design by Hans van Heeswijk architects, which included the incorporation of an adjacent palace, the former Sociëteit de Witte, into its premises, and the construction of a new underground foyer which connects the two museum buildings, located on the opposite sides of Korte Vijverberg street.

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Exterior view of the Mauritshuis in The Hague; photo by Ronald Tilleman, courtesy of Mauritshuis

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A section drawing showing the new underground foyer of the museum

As mentioned, the Mauritshuis museum is particularly renowned for its painting collection, which comprises masterpieces by artists from the Dutch Golden Age – including Joannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Carel Fabritius, Jan Steen, and Paulus Potter -, as well as by other Dutch and European painters such as Hans Holbein the Younger, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, and Anthony van Dick

Most iconic works on view include Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer (c. 1665), The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632) and Self-portrait (1669) by Rembrandt, The Bull by Potter (1647), and Fabritius’ The Goldfinch (1654).

Special events and programs
The Mauritshuis also hosts temporary exhibitions, mostly focused on Old Masters’ art, educational programs, and special events. The museum includes a Dutch-style brasserie and a gift shop.

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Photograph: Eelco de Jong

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Pieter Post, Front Facade of the Mauritshuis, 1652. The Hague, National Library

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Exterior, and interior views of the Mauritshuis; photos by Ronald Tilleman, courtesy of Mauritshuis

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Photograph by Ivo Hoekstra, courtesy of Mauritshuis

Rembrandt Anatomy Lesson Mauritshuisl

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp,1632, oil on canvas; Mauritshuis, The Hague

Carel Fabritius Goldfinch Mauritshuis

Carel Fabritius, The Goldfinch, 1654. oil on panel; Mauritshuis, The Hague

Cover Image: Johannes Vermeer. Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail), c. 1665, oil on canvas ; Mauritshuis, The Hague

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