The Mauritshuis in The Hague is the celebrated home of some of the best Dutch and Flemish artwork from the Golden Age. The world-famous collection includes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring”, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and oeuvres by masters like Rubens and Rembrandt. And now- much to the delight of the international culturati- the Mauritshuis has revealed the fruits of a two-year renovation project by Hans van Heeswijk Architects.
Originally built as a private residence for Count Johan Maurits, the building dates from the 17th century. To enlarge the space, an Art Deco building across the street was connected via a light-filled underground foyer. Reopened this summer, the museum has doubled the size of its existing floor space, and now boasts an educational art workshop, library, event spaces, a brasserie and museum shop. New LED lighting showcases the collection in an optimal way, and vibrant wallpaper covers the walls.
Adult tickets cost €14. Open every day; Thursday evening is open late until 8 pm. Address: Plein 29 2511 CS Den Haag, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 70 302 3456, www.mauritshuis.nl
Photos courtesy of The Mauritshuis, The Hague/ Ronald Tilleman