The Hague: 9 Gems That'll Let You Indulge In Art & History

By Shamilka Rasheed | 20, Feb, 2019
The Hague: 9 Gems That'll Let You Indulge In Art & History

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch Parliament and is just as famous for some of the best art collections in the world, interesting historical buildings and is also known as the “Royal City by the Sea” - is the home of the Royal Family.

From shopping spots to wide streets with a bustling city life where you can explore interesting art museums and beautiful old Gothic buildings, you will also enjoy the fusion of cultures. We have listed out the best places to visit in The Hague if you plan on making any trips to the Netherlands.

1. The Binnenhof

Located right next to the Hofvijver lake, the Binnenhof translates to the Inner Court, a place where the Dutch parliament have been carrying out their meetings since 1446. Right in the heart of the city, the Binnenhof is surrounded by old buildings, framing a courtyard with a neo-Gothic fountain.

Take a stroll to the famous Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) which is an impressive Gothic castle that was built in the 12th century, and where the King gives his annual speech. One of the towers known as Torentje has been the Prime Minister's office since 1982, and another highlight you cannot miss is the Erste Kramer’s, richly decorated interior and magnificent painted ceiling.

Address: 2513 AA The Hague, Netherlands

2. Mauritshuis

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Overlooking the Hofvijver Lake, the Maritshuis was built in the 17th century by Johan Maurits in the classic Dutch architectural style and is well known for its impressive art gallery.

You can take a guided tour through the museum and admire the fascinating paintings of the Dutch Golden Age – that includes works from Jacob Van Ruisdael, Rembrandt, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum is home to 841 paintings, and you can sign up for some engaging workshops or group tours as well.

A five-minute walk from the palace will take you to the Prince William V Gallery which is known as the ‘Gem of Hague’ for a good reason - with over 100 works of priceless artwork.

Mauritshuis Museum

Address: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: 1PM to 6PM (Monday)
                                 10AM to 6PM (Tue & Wed | Fri-Sat)
                                 10AM to 8PM (Thursday)

Prince William V Gallery

Operating Hours: 12AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)
                                 Closed on Mondays

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3. Escher in Het Paleis

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Originally the former winter palace of Queen Mother Emma, the Escher Het Paleis is located a quick walk away from Binnenhof. The building itself is quite regal with unique chandeliers that light up the elegant interior making it a popular venue for events.

You can experience the mesmerizing artwork of renowned graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, so do take a guided tour which will be quite fun. Some of Escher’s notable artwork includes Drawing Hands, Hand with Reflecting Sphere and Day and Night.

From landscapes to woodcuts and a floor dedicated to interactive optical illusions, there is something for all ages which makes this an ideal attraction to visit during a family holiday in The Hague.

Address: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours:
 11AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)
                                  Closed on Mondays

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4. Peace Palace

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The Peace Palace is one of the most popular attractions in The Hague, which is home to a famous law library and houses the International Court of Justice. The building features the neo-Renaissance architecture styles and was built between 1907 and 1913. The domed hallways with tiled floors are quite beautiful, and most of the interior was designed by Herman Rosse.

You can take a tour of the fascinating building and even join a garden tour, or simply explore the museum for free. Some of the highlights include the Eternal Peace Flame and the unique Polar Bear peace fountain as well.

Address: Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: April to November
                                  10AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)
                                  November to April
                                  11AM to 4PM (Tue-Sun)
                                  August
                                  10AM to 5PM (Mon-Sun)

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5. Panorama Mesdag

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The Panorama Mesdag is a unique circular mural that was painted by Hendrik Wilhelm Mesdag and his wife, Sientje Mesdag-Van Houten with other art students from the Hague School. The mural which is 46 feet in height and 280 feet long, depicts the Scheveningen seaside in 1880 with sand covering the edge of the painting to make it look more realistic.

You can stand on the observation deck in the middle of the attraction, which will give you the unique experience of being in the painting itself while marveling at the wonderful details. This intricately designed mural is something unique that is worth visiting while you are in Hague.

Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Mon-Sat)
                             11AM to 5PM (Sundays & Public Holidays)

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6. Madurodam

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When it comes to interesting things to do at The Hague, you should definitely make a visit to the Madurodam to see miniature versions of Holland’s highlights on a scale of 12:5. The park is divided into sections that each have something unique to offer. Drop by the Water Park where you can see the boats and watermills in action. You can even get a miniature 3D model of yourself at Innovation Island!

It's easy to get a quick tour of the best parts of Holland in just an hour at this unique attraction and enjoy the details of the miniature building and windmills. You can even see paintings through the tiny windows of the mini Rijksmuseum.

Madurodam is the best place to visit while you are on a family holiday in The Hague, as there is something for all ages to enjoy here including engaging tours.

Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: 11AM to 5PM (Mon-Sun)
                                  *Specific timings for various dates

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7. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

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It’s no secret that The Hague is the city for art buffs, especially when it comes to the Gemeentemuseum. Not only does the museum showcase a variety of paintings, but collections of musical instruments, furniture and fashion exhibits which will certainly keep you interested.

The museum building was designed by Hendrik Berlage so that art lovers can enjoy the exhibits in a pleasant setting with beautiful decor, and there are five rooms that depict different time periods as well. You will find artwork from Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Mondriaan to name a few, along with several paintings from the Hague school.

Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Tue-Fri)
                                  Closed on Mondays

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8. Louwman Museum

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Car enthusiasts should not miss out on the Louwman Museum where the oldest collection of cars admired in their glory. You can take a guided tour to check out old models of past eras, modern times and even see some racing cars.

The museum highlights include the first patented motor car - the Benz Patent Motor Car, James’ Bond’s Aston Martin, and Elvis Presley’s Fleetwood Cadillac.

The museum was established in 1934, and the collection of 250 cars is currently owned by Evert Louwman. There is no doubt you will enjoy spending some time at the Louwman museum!

Address: Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594 BB Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Tue-Sun)
                                  Closed on Mondays

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9. The Prison Gate Museum (Gevangenpoort)

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The Prison Gate Museum is one of the most prominent historical buildings that was initially a gatehouse built in 1296. The building became a prison in the 15th century, and there are many tales of the severe punishments and torture that prisoners had to endure. You can get an idea of how prisoners were treated during a different time, and about some of the most important moments in Dutch history.

Going on a guided through the cells and torture chambers is certainly an experience where you will learn about the time before the prison became a museum. Despite its history, this museum is worth visiting if you want to delve into the past of the Netherlands.

Address: Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH Den Haag, Netherlands
Operating Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Tue-Fri)
                                  12PM to 5PM (Sat & Sun)

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