Self-Guided Museums and Art Galleries Tour of The Hague, Hague (Self Guided)

The Hague remains a significant and exciting city with many museums and art galleries. Some of these institutions are internationally known, while others are less famous. Art museums, such as De Verdieping van Nederland and the Museum Het Paleis, add to the culture of the city, as do the Historical Museum, the Mauritshuis, and many others. Here is a list of museums and art galleries you should visit in The Hague.
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Self-Guided Museums and Art Galleries Tour of The Hague Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Museums and Art Galleries Tour of The Hague
Guide Location: Netherlands » Hague (See other walking tours in Hague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: valery
Louis Couperus Museum

1) Louis Couperus Museum

This museum was founded in 1996. It is located in the former Gallery of Albert Bird (1924-1982), named after a famous biographer and performer. The museum is within a walking distance of many places where Louis Couperus lived. It is near Mauritskade, where he was born in 1863 and where he enjoyed the view of the Alexanderplatz, the former parade ground of the Alexander Barracks. It is also close to Suriname Street, where Couperus's father built a large house in 1884 and where the author wrote his first novel Eline Vere.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12.00 – 5.00 PM.

2) Stroom

Stroom was founded in 1989. It focuses on visual art, architecture, and urban design, and holds various events, exhibitions and lectures throughout the year. Stroom is located in a former shop that was built in the 19th century. It was substantially renovated in 2004 and modified by the architect Wim Cuyvers. The works of art found in Stroom are focused primarily on visual arts in relation to the urban environment.

Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm (entrance is free)
De Twee Pauwen

3) De Twee Pauwen

The art gallery De Twee Pauwen was opened in 1989. Initially, expositions were arranged on Anna Paulownastraat, but since 2000, the gallery has been sheltered in the heart of The Hague. De Twee Pauwen Art Gallery displays high-quality modern art with an emphasis on artists, who use their technical talents to express their imaginative inner world. The gallery shows the work of illustrious Dutch painters and sculptors, as well as famous artists from other countries.

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 - 17:00; Sunday 13:00 - 17:00
Museum Het Paleis

4) Museum Het Paleis

The Lange Voorhout Palace was founded in the 18th century. It is situated in the most attractive part of The Hague. For many years queens had lived at the palace, but the building is now a museum devoted to the work of a Dutch graphic artist. Printed material, drafts and annals are exhibited by the museum. You will be surprised by Escher Hall, which plays games with natural human size, and captivated by the delightful works of this illustrious artist.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Historisch Museum

5) Historisch Museum

Haags Historisch Museum, is located in the historic center of The Hague in the former house of St. Sebastian that dates back to 1636. Since the late 18th century, the house has been used as a hotel, court house and a museum. The Haags Historisch Museum has occupied the building since 1986. There have been numerous renovations, as the building was not originally designed to accommodate a museum.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm

6) Mauritshuis (must see)

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is an art museum. Previously the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau, it now has a large art collection, including works by Dutch and German painters. In 1822, the Mauritshuis was opened for the public and housed the Royal Cabinet of Paintings and the Royal Cabinet of Rarities. In 1875, the entire museum was available for paintings. The Mauritshuis was a state museum until it was privatised in 1995. The foundation set up at that time took charge of both the building and the collection, which it was given on long-term loan. This building, which is the property of the state, is rented by the museum.

The museum collaborates regularly with museums in other countries. The collection of paintings of stadtholder William V, Prince of Orange was handed over to the Dutch state by his son king William I. This collection formed the basis of the Royal Cabinet of Paintings of around 200 paintings. The collection is currently called the Royal Picture Gallery. The current collection consists of almost 800 paintings and focusses on Dutch and Flemish.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
De Verdieping van Nederland

7) De Verdieping van Nederland

De Verdieping van Nederlanddis displays a unique selection of masterpieces from the National Library and National Archives. Original books and historic documents are shown here. It is fascinating to see first hand some of the books and documents that played such an important role in the history of the country.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am–5pm; Saturday & Sunday: noon-5pm

Walking Tours in Hague, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Hague

Create Your Own Walk in Hague

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hague is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Self-Guided Museums Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Museums Tour of The Hague

Museums bring together and care for items of educational, creative, technical or historical importance and make their collections accessible to the community. Museums like the Public Transport Museum, Volksbuurtmuseum, Prisongate, and the Museum Bredius are the main cultural tourist attractions in the Hague. Visit the most popular museums in the Hague on this tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands, although not officially a Dutch capital, does accommodate the Dutch parliament, sitting at Binnenhof (Gothic-style “Inner Court” complex); the supreme court; all the ministries; embassies; and other governmental agencies of Holland. Moreover, the Dutch Queen herself opts to operate from her Hague's “working residence”, 16th-century...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Self-Guided Churches Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Churches Tour of The Hague

On this tour, you will find a mix of churches, both inside and outside the heart of The Hague. With a mission to guide the religious community of The Hague through its relationship with Jesus, local churches place great importance on worship and living in God's presence. Take this tour to visit churches that are popular with both locals and tourists.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Places of Worship Tour of The Hague

The Hague has a number of prominent religious buildings, testament to the strong faith of the city's residents over the years. This tour will take you to just a small number of the churches found in The Hague. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the city's most alluring religious structures.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
Self-Guide Landmarks Tour of The Hague

Self-Guide Landmarks Tour of The Hague

The Hague is a historic city and one of the most important cities in the Netherlands. It has a rich collection of impressive landmarks and memorials that date back hundreds of years, but are still in an extraordinary condition. Take this tour to visit some of the most notable landmarks in The Hague.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Self-Guided Classical Architecture Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Classical Architecture Tour of The Hague

A number of buildings in the center of The Hague were built in medieval times under the feudal system. In the Netherlands these historic buildings are often located on the river, which adds to their beauty. Explore The Hague's fascinating past with this tour of the city's medieval architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hague for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hague has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hague, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.