Den Haag


Korte Vijverberg 8

2513 AB
Phone: + 31 (0) 70 302 3456
Fax: + 31 (0) 70 365 3819

Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis

The collection of the Mauritshuis is the property of the Dutch state. The oldest part of the collection consists of the paintings owned in the 18th century by the stadholder, Prince Willem V of Orange-Nassau (1748-1806). In 1815 his son, King Willem I (1772-1843), handed over these paintings to the Dutch state, thus providing the basis of the Royal Cabinet of Paintings, now called the Royal Picture Gallery.
In the last 200 years the collection of the Mauritshuis has grown considerably. In 1822 the museum housed around 200 paintings, but now it has nearly 800.

The Mauritshuis, a unique 17th-century palace, is one of the most beautiful examples of Dutch classicist architecture.
The house was named after the man who had it built: Count Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen. Johan Maurits was the governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil from 1636 to 1644, during which period this house was built for him. He entrusted the project to the best architects of his day: Jacob van Campen and his assistant Pieter Post.
The Mauritshuis is one of the first examples of Dutch classicism; it is also one of the most perfect. Jacob van Campen was the founder of this architectural style, which flourished between 1640 and 1665. Dutch classicism was based on the principles of classical Greek and Roman architecture. Another important source of inspiration for Van Campen was the work of the 16th-century Northern Italian architects Scamozzi and Palladio.

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Permanent Collection

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis houses a world-famous collection of art. The heart of the collection consists of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including top-quality work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Frans Hals.

But this is not all. The collection also offers a splendid overview of Dutch and Flemish painting from 1400 to 1800. The masterpieces on display include work by Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling, Rubens, Van Dyck, Cornelis Troost and Adriaen Coorte. Moreover, the museum owns several top-notch works by the 16th-century German artists Lucas Cranach the Elder and Hans Holbein the Younger.

This exceptional collection has been housed for nearly 200 years in the Mauritshuis, a 17th-century palace on the Hofvijver in The Hague.

The entire collection
The collection of the Mauritshuis currently consists of some 800 paintings, 50 miniatures, 20 pieces of sculpture, and a few drawings and prints. All these art works can be viewed here, along with such information as the date, material and format.

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Permanent collection
06.02.07 - 23.09.07
The Mauritshuis’ collection is now optimally displayed. The museum’s galleries have been reinstalled with pictures from the permanent collection.

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Previous Exhibitions

Rubens & Brueghel
21.10.06 - 28.01.07
Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens were the two leading artists in Antwerp in the 17th century. They regularly combined forces. These collaborative efforts display the best of both artists, and more.
In collaboration with the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Mauritshuis presents the most beautiful examples of these kinds of 17th-century paintings.

A summer full of Rembrandt
26.06.06 - 17.09.06
To celebrate Rembrandt’s anniversary in 2006, the Mauritshuis has restored three exceptional masterpieces by the renowned Dutch artist:
• Simeon's song of praise (1632)
• Homerus (1663)
• Self-portrait (1669)
Technical analysis in conjunction with the restoration provided insight into the working method of Holland’s greatest master. The other paintings by Rembrandt in the Mauritshuis’ collection are also on view in this summer presentation.

Dreaming of Italy
11.03.06 - 25.06.06
This spring the sun will shine in the Mauritshuis. Guest curator Henk van Os highlights the Western European artist’s love of Italy. For centuries, faraway Italy was the country of many northern artists’ dreams.

Frans van Mieris. Painted perfection
01.10.05 - 22.01.06
Gerrit Dou called him the prince of his pupils. He received commissions from Cosimo de Medici in Italy. And, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm implored him – in vain – to be his court painter in Vienna.
The Mauritshuis is organising the first survey exhibition ever devoted to Frans van Mieris. Approximately 40 paintings and some drawings provide an image of the Holland’s best master of fine painting.
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Forthcoming exhibitions

Rembrandt and Frans Hals
13.10.07 - 13.01.08
Seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture is a remarkable phenomenon: never before had so many portraits been painted. To this very day they afford insight into the taste, fashion, occupations and ambitions of affluent 17th-century individuals.

Still-lives by Adriaen Coorte
23.02.2008 - 08.06.2008
Many visitors to the Mauritshuis are familiar with Adriaen Coorte’s bowl of strawberries. This small painting has long been a favorite of the public and inspired the Mauritshuis to stage an exhibition of the artist’s work in 2008.

Dutch city views from the Golden Age
11.10.08 - 11.01.09
Governed by powerful burghers Dutch cities flourished in the 17th century. This engendered a veritable revolution in the art of painting. The affluent citizenry favoured different subject matter than the aristocracy or the church. They fostered a new genre of painting, the cityscape, in which their towns and cities were limned with genuine pride.
This exhibition offers a survey of this special type of painting, including famous examples such as Vermeer’s View of Delft.

Gabriël Metsu
November 2010 - February 2011 (date subject to change)
He only lived to 38. Nevertheless, the work of Gabriël Metsu is among the best produced in Holland in the Golden Age. He was a master in depicting scenes of everyday life rich in details that often have a double meaning.


Permanent collection until 12 October 2007
Adults € 9.50 incl. audio guide
Children up to 18 free
CJP € 4.75
Museum card free
ICOM free
Rembrandt Society free
Friends of the Mauritshuis free

Exhibition Dutch portraits - The age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals, 13 October until 13 January 2008
Adults € 12.50 incl. audio guide
Children up to 18 free
CJP € 7.75
Museum card € 3.00
ICOM free
Rembrandt Society free
Friends of the Mauritshuis free

Group visits (minimum 15 persons)

Permanent collection until 12 October 2007
Adults € 8.00 incl. audio guide

exhibition Dutch portraits - The age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals, 13 October until 13 January 2008
Adults € 11.00 incl. audio guide

E-tickets for the Mauritshuis

Book your visit to the Mauritshuis. Buy your ticket online.

What do you need?
• Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
• Printer
• Email address

Adults € 9,50
Museumcard free
Until 18 years free

Museum card: You must be able to show a valid Museum Card!
Youths: Valid only if accompanied by an adult. Maximum of 3 children’s tickets per adult.

Attention: online tickets cost € 1,00 more than regular tickets, but avoid waiting in line.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sundays and holidays 11am-5pm

Holidays Prince's Day Tuesday 18 September 2.30pm-6pm
St-Nicholas Wednesday 5 December 10am-4pm
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December closed
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December 11am-17pm

Getting there

Korte Vijverberg 8, The Hague

Public transport
From the railway station Den Haag Centraal
• 10 minutes walk
• tram 10,16 or 17
From the railway station Den Haag Hollands Spoor
• tram 10,16 or 17

For a public transport advice from your starting point to the Mauritshuis, see

coming from all directions on the motorway
• Follow the signs for Den Haag Centrum.
• Turn left at the end of Utrechtse Baan into Zuidhollandlaan.
Keep the Malieveld on your left.
• Turn left at the traffic lights into Koningskade.
• Turn right at the next traffic lights into Korte Voorhout.
• Turn down the second street on your left,
which is Lange Houtstraat.
• Straight ahead to the Pleingarage (car park).

For advice on how to travel to the Mauritshuis from any point in the Netherlands, see

Car parks

• beneath the Plein
• next to the Mauritshuis
• paid parking
• limited parking

• beneath the Malieveld
• 10-minute walk to the Mauritshuis
• paid parking
• ample parking

• Fluwelen Burgwal 54
• 10-minute walk to the Mauritshuis
• paid parking
• ample parking


The Mauritshuis offers its disabled visitors the following amenities:
• Lift
• Disabled toilet
• Wheelchairs

For the blind and visually impaired audio guides are available.
These audio guides are in Dutch only and free of charge.

Book a wheelchair or audio guide for the blind?
• T + 31 70 302 3435
• F + 31 70 365 3819
• E

Disabled parking is available in the Pleingarage (car park).

Museum café De Braziliaan
In museum café De Braziliaan you can enjoy delicious food and drinks during your visit to the museum. Whether you order a cup of steaming cappuccino, a nice slice of cake, quiche or soup, you can be certain that Museum Catering serves only the best.
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Monthly offer for September
When buying a sandwich, the museum café will give a free cup of coffee, tea or milk.

The museumshop carries a wide assortment of gift items, books, postcards and posters. You are always welcome in the museum shop, even without a ticket to the museum.
We will be happy to provide you with information about other products, please contact the museumhop:

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Welcome to Education.

The Mauritshuis is a treasure trove for young and old alike.
This section provides information on the museum’s educational programmes. There is no admission charge for children and young people up to the age of 18!

Educational programmes:


The Mauritshuis will gladly arrange a guided tour for you.
• € 50.- per guide (excl. admission)
• Maximum 15 persons per guide
• Various languages
• Last approximately one hour
• Only on request, at least two weeks in advance

Would you like to book a guided tour or give notice of a group visit?
• Booking form
• T + 31 70 302 3435
• F + 31 70 365 3819
• E

Tours led by someone other than a Mauritshuis guide are permitted, maximum 15 persons per guide, but only if the Communication Department is notified in advance. Privately guided tours are not generally allowed during special exhibitions.


Young people aged 12-18

In the heart of The Hague stands an old palace which now houses a museum called the Mauritshuis. It has an internationally famous collection of paintings that attracts visitors from all over the world. Once inside the museum, it is easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a busy city.

Various projects have been designed to allow you and your class to explore the building and learn about the museum’s collection. Primary and secondary school pupils are admitted to the Mauritshuis free of charge!


Children under 12

There are many exciting things to see and do in the Mauritshuis. To learn more, click on one of our programmes. Children and young people under 18 are admitted to the Mauritshuis free of charge!



The Mauritshuis takes great pains to preserve and restore its collection and to carry out research on the paintings. Here you will find information on the newest developments in these areas, from the latest publications to reports on recent restorations.
Rembrandt Restorations
Goldfinch of Fabritius


Teaching professionals
(other than primary and secondary school teachers)
The Mauritshuis is a 17th-century palace in the heart of The Hague. The museum it houses has a world-famous collection of paintings by such Old Masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Frans Hals. No matter how often you visit this magnificent museum, you will discover something new every time. The Mauritshuis provides many opportunities for adult education.

Click on one of our programmes for more information.

Tour 'Get to know the Mauritshuis'
Theme walk 'Get to know the Mauritshuis'


Friends of the Mauritshuis