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Mauritshuis is home to one of the best collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings in the world. Often referred to as "the jewel box," the ornately elegant 17th-century mansion is a textbook example of Dutch classical architecture, built as the private residence of John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen.
With approximately 800 works, the Mauritshuis collection is small in number, but mighty in scale. Home to Johannes Vermeer's celebrated Girl with a Pearl Earring, the intimate space also houses masterpieces such as The Goldfinch by Fabritius and Rembrant’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. An underground foyer connects the Mauritshuis to the Royal Dutch Shell Wing across the street.
The museum is a popular stop on tours of Den Hague and on multi-city tours, which typically also cover Delft or Rotterdam. If you want to learn more about Dutch and Flemish art, consider booking a tour with an art historian guide.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Guests with e-tickets and Museum Cards can enter the museum directly without having to stand in line at the cash desk.
- Photographs without flash are allowed, except in the Royal Dutch Shell Wing.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though the elevators may not accommodate larger wheelchairs.
How to Get There
The museum is accessible on foot from Hague Central Station, which is about a 10-minute walk away, are there are plenty of buses and trams that can get you even closer. You can also take tram line 9 from Hague HS station. Parking is available in the nearby Pleingarage and Malieveld parking garage.
When to Get There
The Mauritshuis is open daily, though crowds tend to be smaller after 3pm or on Thursday evenings, when the museum opens late. Note that the museum is closed on Monday mornings.
Prince William V Gallery
Maurithuis tickets also include entrance to the Prince William V Gallery, a 5-minute walk away, at no extra charge. Housed in a room built in the 18th century by Prince William V of Oranje-Nassau, this museum showcases roughly 150 old masterpieces, including works by the likes of Steen and Rubens. The beautiful setting is replete with crystal chandeliers.
Address: Plein 29, 2511 CS The Hague, The Netherlands, Netherlands
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Mauritshuis
The Mauritshuis is renowned for its impressive collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, including masterpieces like Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. This private tour gives art lovers the chance to discover the Royal Cabinet of Paintings with an art historian guide, offering additional insight into the famous works. Also included is a walking tour of the Old Town, a visit to the City Hall and an optional tour of The Hague Historical Museum or the Gemeentemuseum.
On this self-guided GPS audio tour you'll see the beautiful old city centre, where kings reign and some of the world's most famous art is displayed. We'll begin our journey at the Mauritshuis and find out how The Hague grew from a small settlement to the centre of political power in the Netherlands, and end the tour with a stroll along the country's most famous avenue. Along the way, we'll stop by a square that was the site of many executions, a notorious former prison, and I'll point out the best fish-shack in town. The Hague forms a rich part of the Netherlands' history and the characters that people it. Join me to uncover some of these people and their stories. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
Do as the locals do, and hop on a set of wheels for an active bicycle tour around The Hague. This tour will keep you busy and biking for about 3 hours. One of our local guides from The Hague will take you around town for you to see the most beautiful and interesting sights the city has to offer.
I am going to take u back in time, where The Hague was founded. What is the history of the Netherlands, and what role did The Hague have in the history. How did the Dutch royal family came to power and what role do they play in current Holland. These and other stories will be told during the walking tour. The Hague is beautifull and rich in history. A lot of the landmarks are still here. With a guided walking tour u not only know the story behind the buildings but also what the function is today. History of The Hague is Dutch history and I would love to tell u all about it. We walk with small or private groups to have some interaction and flexibilty in the tour. I like to adjust the tour according to the group. I also arrange water and some snacks to have a great morning or afternoon.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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