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Mauritshuis

Admire over 800 works of art in Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.

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What's included

  • E-ticket admission Mauritshuis museum The Hague
  • E-ticket train, day return to The Hague

Mauritshuis

The real Girl with a Pearl Earring

Does Vermeer’s world-famous Girl with a Pearl Earring look like Scarlett Johansson, the actress who played her in the motion picture of the same name? Decide for yourself by visiting the Mauritshuis museum, just a seven-minute walk from The Hague Central Station.

Admire over 800 works of art

Girl with a Pearl Earring may well have you mesmerized. But do leave ample time to admire some of the other 840 works of art in the Mauritshuis, or in fact the building itself. The Mauritshuis (‘Maurice House’), built in 1644 as a residence for Count John Maurice of Nassau, was carefully restored between 2012 and 2014. It houses the Dutch Royal Cabinet of Paintings, as well as the Dutch Royal Cabinet of Rarities. (Inspire younger visitors to come along by mentioning the fact that such a Harry Potter-esque thing exists in the first place).

Discover the Dutch Masters

The majority of the paintings in the Mauritshuis museum are from the Dutch Golden Age of Painting. You’ll find works by Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and Paulus Potter among them. Scenes from Dutch middle-class life in the 1600s are a common subject. Take a unique peek into the domestic life of those days by studying the paintings closely. Paintings by Johannes Vermeer often feature the same room and the same window in his house in Delft. Vermeer was only 43 when he passed away, leaving 36 paintings, 3 of which are in the Mauritshuis. Fascinated by light, color and perspective, Vermeer used only the very best pigments he could afford. He would carefully apply layer upon layer of color to make the drape of a dress reflect light realistically. Fast-forward 350 years, and the results are still breathtaking.

The Goldfinch

Another famous painting in the Mauritshuis that stars in a popular work of fiction, is The Goldfinch (‘Het puttertje’). The 2013 book was written by Donna Tartt; the little goldfinch chained to a feeding station was painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654. Fabritius, incidentally, may have had some influence on Vermeer’s painting techniques. One thing sustaining this theory is the uncanny level of photorealism achieved in The Goldfinch. Position yourself at the right angle, and the bird appears to sit in front of the canvas. A marveling sight indeed.



Special terms and conditions

  • Special Mauritshuis ticket is available until 30 June 2017.
  • Mauritshuis tickets are valid until 30 June 2017.
  • Free admission for children up to and including 18 years of age. They are advised to buy a train ticket online or at the NS train stations.
  • Mauritshuis ticket includes an e-ticket by train to The Hague, day return. Valid Monday till Friday after 9:00 a.m., all day on Saturday and Sunday, and only together with the tickets of this day trip.
  • Attention: e-ticket day return is valid on all trains of NS, Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Veolia and Syntus. Not valid on the Thalys train from Amsterdam-Paris, valid with an Intercity Direct supplement between Schiphol and Rotterdam & ICE International. Tickets cannot be combined with any other offers of discounts. No refunds possible.

Useful information

Address:

Plein 29 2511 CS Den Haag

Opening hours:

Monday 1 a.m to 6 p.m. Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location:

Den Haag

More details:

Mauritshuis website

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