Photo: © Toolkit The Hague
Museums in The Hague


The 17th century Mauritshuis, which originally served as a residence and hotel for high-placed guests, is located in the city center of The Hague. Today the building houses the top museum for 17th and 18th century art. Its collection includes some 800 works by a variety of artists.

  • Discover 800 works from the 17th and 18th century.
  • See the world-famous Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer.
  • Discover the classical interior with its silk wall coverings and chandelier.

Top paintings by Dutch masters

The Mauritshuis boasts works from the leading masters from 17th and 18th century Netherlands and Flanders. Examples are Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, and The Goldfinch by Fabritius. You can also admire works by Rubens, Jan Steen and Frans Hals at the Mauritshuis. The exceptional collection and the building’s royal allure have earned it the nickname ‘the jewelry box’.

Thorough renovation

The Mauritshuis reopened in 2014 after a thorough renovation. The main change is that it has doubled its surface by adding an extra building to the museum. The museum’s total floor surface now amounts to 6400 square meters. An underground passage takes you from one building to the other. The museum also offers space for activities, a museum shop, and a café where you can enjoy a cup of coffee.

Don’t forget to check out the building’s exterior, as it is one of the 17th century’s architectural highlights. The museum is located next to the Binnenhof and government buildings, an area worth exploring on foot.  

Buy online tickets for the Mauritshuis

If you are planning to visit the Mauritshuis, buy your tickets online. Other museums that are certainly worth a visit are Escher in het Paleis, Museum de Gevangepoort and Panorama Mesdag.

Frequently Asked Questions

Did you find this interesting? Discover more

Mauritshuis, Den Haag


The Netherlands boasts the largest number of museums per square kilometre in the world!

Read more