1 hour
The Hague

Visit the breathtaking Panorama Mesdag

This Attraction is closed until further notice.

Travel back in time to the world of 1880. Upon seeing this panorama painting, you feel like you are actually in the old fishing town Scheveningen in the nineteenth century. The enormous artwork is painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag with a little help from his wife and students. The painting is 14 meters high, 120 meters long and has a diameter of almost 40 metres. It was painted on location guided by Mesdag’s sketches and even photos. Just a few panorama paintings like this one have survived until this day. Visit the unique artwork at Panorama Mesdag in The Hague!

Just as Rembrandt belongs to Amsterdam and Vermeer to Delft, Mesdag belongs to The Hague. Hendrik Willem Mesdag was born in 1831 in Groningen and moved to The Hague with his wife Sientje. He was seen as an important person in The Hague’s art scene. Besides being a painter, he also was an art collector and a board member of the Dutch “Teekenmaatschappij”. Mesdag painted mainly seascapes in his life for which he stayed a lot in Scheveningen.

During his life he collected a lot of art which can be seen nowadays in the Mesdag Collection museum in The Hague. Click here for more information and tickets.

LOCATION Zeestraat 65, Den Haag / The Hague
OPENING HOURS Mon – Sun: 10:00 – 17:00
Closed: December 25  and January 1
✅  Entrance museum
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Bus 22 or 24, stop: Mauritskade
Tram 1, stop: Mauritskade
TICKET TYPE Printed ticket

Extra information

  • The museum is wheelchair accessible, but the panorama painting itself can only be viewed by going up the stairs. There is a small elevator available which can only be used by light wheelchairs
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee in the cozy museum café
  • Visit the cute museum store which has all kinds of gifts
  • Parking “Mauritskade” is directly located next to the museum
  • Of course the panorama itself is the absolute highlight of the museum. This is the oldest panorama that is still to be admired at the same location. After visiting this 19th century panorama of the fishers village Scheveningen, why not visit the city itself? This will make your visit complete.
  • The collection consists of more than 20 works by the Mesdag family
  • The building ‘Rotonde’ creates an optic illusion which leaves all visitors stunned!

Panorama Mesdag Scheveningen
Painting by Mesdag
Front building Panorama Mesdag
Painting by Mesdag

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
November 25, 2016

Small and cute museum. This panorama makes you feel as though you are on the beach yourself!

February 27, 2019

One of the rarest of the rare and exceptional painting you will ever see in your life. When you are there, observe very minute to minute details, the painter has taken into account. The shadow of the small fishing boats as the day passes on. Excellent painting.

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