The Mesdag Collection houses a superb collection of paintings by French and Dutch masters of the 19th century. After extensive rebuilding work, Museum Mesdag reopened in May 2011 with a revamped appearance and a new name, The Mesdag Collection.
The marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915) and his wife, the artist Sientje van Houten (1834-1909), built up a large collection of paintings, drawings and objects from both the Netherlands and Asia. These paintings are displayed in a special 19th-century setting, quite unique in the Netherlands.
His private home, also part of the museum, soon became too small, so in 1887 he had a special museum built in his garden to house his collection which he later donated to the Dutch government in 1903.
Museum Mesdag also exhibits works of art from other collections, featuring not only 19th century art but also modern art by contemporary artists. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has been responsible for running the Mesdag Museum since 1991.
The museum’s beautiful period room can be hired for meetings, receptions, dinners and other occasions. The garden is also available for receptions.
* museum shop
The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.
The Mesdag Collection
Laan van Meerdervoort 7F
2517 AB Den Haag
Tel. +31 (0)70 362 14 34
Telephone: (070) 362 14 34
Wednesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00 hrs.
Closed 1 January, 30 April, 25 and 26 December