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Check out Vermeers 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' via the Mauritshuis-app.
Check out Vermeers 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' via the Mauritshuis-app.
Photo: © Mauritshuis Den Haag
Arts & Culture

Museums online and Dutch Masters at home

Art comforts, diverts, and enriches. Fortunately, there is plenty to experience online! Many museum collections can be viewed via their website, but as an art lover you may want more. Take a virtual tour of the museum or zoom in on the greatest works of art. Hear the stories behind a painting. Or even step into a 3D painting? We have selected a few gems from the Dutch museums for you.

  • Meet the Dutch Masters in a different way, from your home.
  • Watch and listen to art, from virtual museum tour to podcast.
  • Made for online: this is a perfect time to experience these art projects.

9x the best tips to enjoy now:

Have fun with the Rijksmuseum’s collection

Nearly 700,000 of the Rijksmuseum’s works of art are online. The museum has developed the Rijksstudio to find your way through the collection. Browse through other people’s theme collections, collect your own favourites, or discover the highlights. Explore the collection and see all the ‘selfies’, ‘flowers’, or ‘17th-century fashion’.

The Van Gogh Museum all to yourself

The Van Gogh Museum, one of the most popular and busiest museums in the Netherlands, is open online just for you. The virtual tour lets you wander through the museum at your own pace, seeing every masterpiece up close without having to look over other visitors’ shoulders.

Detail Meisje met de Parel, Second Canvas app, Mauritshuis.

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring

Who would say no to coming face to face with the Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis in The Hague? It is the Mona Lisa of the North. The Second Canvas app of the Mauritshuis lets you zoom into every detail and brush stroke and provides an incredible amount of detail about this mysterious portrait. Download the app with 10 masterworks from the Mauritshuis.

Rembrandt Reality app: De anatomische les van Dr. Tulp, Mauritshuis/ NN

Step into a Rembrandt painting

The Rembrandt Reality app lets you step into Rembrandt’s famous painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp from 1632. Watch over Rembrandt’s shoulders and see how Dr. Tulp and his colleagues studied the dead body at the Anatomical Theater in Amsterdam. The app also tells you the stories behind this famous painting at the Mauritshuis.

Visit the house in Leiden where Rembrandt was born

He is the Netherlands’ most famous painting but sadly, the house in Leiden where Rembrandt was born no longer exists. Which makes visiting the residence an even more special experience. Erfgoedhuis Leiden dove into the archives and created a virtual reconstruction of the parental home of this 17th-century Dutch Master. Step inside and walk around!

Detail, Tuin der Lusten, Jeroen Bosch, NTR productie.

Strolling through Jeroen Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights

Do you have some time to spare? Immerse yourself in the world of Jeroen Bosch, the medieval painter from Den Bosch. His triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights is full of details, strange creatures, animals and people. Listen to the stories and music in the highlights tour or explore the painting on your own.

Live Tours Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Mini docs, playlists and live tours with the museum director at the Stedelijk Amsterdam

From Jeroen Bosch’s middle ages to modern art! The Stedelijk Museum offers a comprehensive online program especially for at home: watch & listen. The director himself gives live tours through the museum. There are also playlists and mini documentaries for your daily dose of art.

Mondriaan and De Stijl in the Kunstmuseum app

At the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, you can discover the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions online in several ways. The museum explores an iconic piece every day via Instagram and Facebook, including photographs from the Fotomuseum. Download the Kunstmuseum app and wander through the Mondrian and De Stijl collection, for instance.

Fish changing into birds: Escher’s Metamorphoses

Buildings that turn out to be optical illusions, fish that change into birds, complex patterns and fluid lines. The fascinating work of the world-famous graphic designer M.C.Escher never ceases to fascinate. Go to Escher in Het Paleis in The Hague to explore his best works online. And then create your own Metamorphosis.

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