Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Tours and Activities
The building that houses Den Haag’s premier fine-art museum is almost as important as its collections. Built the 1930s by HP Berlage, Holland’s leading exponent of Art Deco, the structure is of honey-colored brick, while the inside is all yellow-and-white tiles and straight, harmonious lines. Nowadays, the building forms part of a complex that includes the science-themed Museon, the Den Haag Museum of Photography, the Omniversum 3D movie theater and the Museum of Contemporary Art. However, there is so much to see in the world-class Gemeentemuseum Den Haag alone that several hours are required to do the vast displays justice. There are even two onsite restaurants to choose from so you don’t have to leave once you get hungry.
Top billing has to go to the world’s largest collection of abstract paintings by Piet Mondriaan; 50 of his works hang in the tranquil white galleries of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, including his last, the unfinished Victory Boogie Woogie of 1944. Other permanent exhibitions are equally strong: “Discover the Modern” covers the very best of 20th-century art with artists ranging from Kandinsky and Schiele to Kirchner, Monet and Picasso.
There is also a sublime collection of decorative arts that showcases tulip vases from Delft, intricate doll houses, an enormous display of antique musical instruments and a horde of some 50,000 prints by illustrious artists of the last two centuries. A new innovation is the wonderfully child-friendly interactive exhibition called Wonderkamers, in which kids effectively become part of a space-age computer game as they explore the gallery.
Tours and Activities to Experience Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
- The Hague Museum of Photography (Fotomuseum Den Haag)
- Panorama Mesdag
- Noordeinde Palace (Paleis Noordeinde)
- Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)
- Sculptures by the Sea (Museum Beelden aan Zee)
- Prison Gate Museum (Gevangenpoort)
- Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)
- SEA LIFE® Scheveningen
- Inner Court & Hall of Knights (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal)
- Square 1813 (Plein 1813)
- The Hague City Hall (Stadhuis)