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’.
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.