Royal Picture Gallery in Holland set to open in the summer

Date Posted: 16/12/2013

Holland’s Royal Picture Gallery and home of Vermeer’s masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring; the Mauritshuis in The Hague will re-open in June following a major renovation.

The re-opening coincides with a re-presentation of the museum’s world-famous collection of Dutch art, including Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson, Carel Fabritius’ The Goldfinch and Jan Steen’s As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young.

The museum is also home to two of Vermeer’s greatest masterpieces, Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft.

School groups can embark on the Vermeer Trail using the museum as a starting point, which comprises key locations associated with the artist.

A key feature of the redevelopment is the opening of the new Royal Dutch Shell Wing on the adjacent site, which doubles the museum’s existing floor space and is linked to the historic building by an underground foyer.

The new wing includes new exhibition galleries, an education centre and a café.

Parties of 15 or more students on a school trip to the Mauritshuis can take advantage of discounted rates, with guided tour options also available.

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Pictured: Cross section of the Mauritshuis and the new underground foyer that links the city palace to the Royal Dutch Shell Wing premises opposite at Plein 26. © Hans van Heeswijk Architects.

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