Explore the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague on a private tour with an art historian.
This small but exuberant museum holds one of the richest art collections in the Netherlands. It’s also one of the most important world collections of Flemish and Dutch Golden Age art.
The Mauritshuis features several major masterpieces: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, made into a star by Donna Tartt’s eponymous novel.
* tour price based on 4 hours including VAT, excluding entrance fees.
For more hours the price will be adjusted accordingly.
- Dutch Golden Age must-see masterpieces: Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft, Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp and Self-portrait, Ruisdael’s View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds, Fabritius’ The Goldfinch.
- More highlights of Flemish and Dutch art: paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Peter Brueghel the Elder, Jan Steen, Anthony van Dyck, Hans Holbein, Frans Hals.
- Overview (outside) of the historic building of the Binnenhof – the seat of the Dutch parliament
- Pick-up and drop-off at the Hague Central Station (15-minutes walk from the Mauritshuis)
- Let us arrange your entrance tickets (entrance fee not included)
- Prolong and/or customize to your wishes
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Explore the Mauritshuis Museum at a Comfortable Pace
The Mauritshuis is a small palace dating back to the Golden Age. This building is part of the historical ensemble of the Binnenhof—a medieval palace that houses the Dutch parliament since the 15th century. The private tour includes an overview of the Binnenhof.
The Mauritshuis’ cozy setting and small size make it a very comfortable museum to visit. It’s comparable to the Wallace Collection in London or the Frick Collection in New York.
There is no risk of cultural overload. Art is presented on a human scale, with calibrated lighting, often without glass. You can look at every painting carefully and intently, as it was meant to be seen.
With only about 250 paintings on display and no crowds, enjoy a sense of privacy rarely felt in major museums. The Mauritshuis is perfect for a relaxed browsing and an intimate art talk with a friendly expert. Go at your own pace, rest as needed, and ask your guide any questions as you explore the secrets of the old masters together.
Delve into the Secrets of Dutch Golden Age Masterpieces
World-class paintings often contain surprising stories. The Mauritshuis museum holds its share of secrets.
Who was the “Girl with a Pearl Earring”? How did Vermeer work? How to tell if a painting is a real Rembrandt? Why were French impressionists obsessed with Frans Hals? What do half-peeled lemons and tipped-over glasses mean in Dutch Golden Age still lifes? What made Paulus Potter’s Bull as famous as Rembrandt’s Night Watch?
These and many other stories will unfold as we look at Dutch and Flemish masterpieces. In addition to several paintings by both Rembrandt and Vermeer, the Mauritshuis’ collection includes many astounding pieces. We’ll examine fine portraits by Hans Holbein, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck, marvel at sumptuous 16th and 17th century still lifes, and decipher crafty genre paintings by Jan Steen or Frans Mieris.
As we leisurely browse through the treasures of the Mauritshuis, we’ll also talk about the development of Dutch art. We’ll observe its evolution from the 16th century to the Golden Age and beyond. You’ll learn what colors and techniques Dutch masters used, and what attribution challenges experts face today. A broad art and historical context will enrich your perception of these fabulous paintings.
Discover the Binnenhof—the Historic Heart of The Hague
The Mauritshuis’ collection, called the Royal Picture Gallery, grew out of the private art collection of the Dutch rulers—the princes of Orange and Nassau. Since 1822, it’s housed in the Mauritshuis. This miniature palace was originally built in the 17th century for John Maurice, the governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil.
The Mauritshuis museum belongs to the architectural ensemble around the Binnenhof—the palace of the Dutch parliament. After the tour of the museum, we’ll take a look at this stunning 13th century building.
The Binnenhof (“Inner Court”) is the former medieval residence of the counts of Holland. It’s located in the historical center of The Hague, overlooking the Hofvijver lake.
The Binnenhof has long been a focal point of Dutch political life. Its importance, soared in 16th century Holland, played a key role in the Dutch rebellion against the Spanish rule. As The Hague became the capital of the Netherlands in 1559, the government of the Dutch Republic established itself in the Binnenhof.
Today, the building still houses the Dutch parliament. The King opens its fall session from the historical Ridderzaal—the Hall of Knights.
We’ll take a short walk around the Binnenhof and talk about a few important moments in Dutch history, which complement the art story of the Golden Age.
At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you back to the train station (Den Haag Centraal). Should you choose to stay longer in The Hague, your guide can give you suggestions on what else to see and do.
Tips to Plan Your Visit to the Mauritshuis museum
The Mauritshuis is located in the historical center of The Hague, a 15 minutes walk away from the main train station (Den Haag Centraal).
Traveling by train from Amsterdam? A pick-up and a drop-off at The Hague Central Station are included. If you come by train (about 1 hour from Amsterdam Central Station), your guide will meet you at The Hague Central Station.
After the tour, your guide can either accompany you back to the train station or provide suggestions for your further exploration of The Hague.
Where is the meeting point?
If you come by train (about 1 hour from Amsterdam Central Station), your guide will meet you at The Hague Central Station. If you reside in The Hague, we can pick you up at your hotel or meet you at another location which is convenient for you.
Is the tour suitable for young children?
This tour is suitable from the age of 12.
Is this tour suitable for people with reduced mobility?
Yes. The Mauritshuis and The Hague city center are wheelchair-friendly. Please let us know if if you’ll be needing special mobility options, and we will adapt the itinerary for you.
I have particular interests and/or special needs. Can this be arranged?
By far most of the time, the answer is yes.