Panorama Mesdag
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Stefan L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands221 contributions
Jul 2021
Many decades ago, when a little kid, I visited this Panorama with my parents. It has always stuck in my memory: the artificial dune, the seagulls screaming, the great 360-degree view of Scheveningen as a small fishing village that no longer exists, the fishing boats laid out on the beach, the cavalry training. With pandemic restrictions lifting, or lifted, it was great to revisit this spectacular museum. True, aside from the panoramic view the museum has a rather small collection, but the impression the panorama makes should make up for that. And even the small collection of other, related works, is nice to take in. And yes, the seagulls are still screaming overhead. Do go, if you have the chance!
Written July 23, 2021
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RP-Netherlands
Wemeldinge, The Netherlands1,144 contributions
Mar 2020
Panorama Mesdag is absolutely spectacular. Unlike most museums this is not just a collection of paintings, it is a 3D experience, made over a century ahead of its time. On the way in, there is a corridor with about 20 paintings by HW Mesdag and his wife. The sea and the sky and the way the light are brilliant in the paintings by Mesdag. The story of the Mesdag family is also told in a timeline on the wall. After you climbed the few steps to get into the panorama, you feel like a time traveller. You are surrounded by the painting, and because one cannot see the top or the bottom of te painting, is seems very real. Remarkable is the fact that there are no cars depicted. It was painted in the same era in which the first cars were invented. We didn't try the restaurant. The souvenir shop has some nice, quircky stuff which makes it better than most souvenir shops. A visit to this museum will take between 1 and 2 hours makes it good for kids, also because they cannot get close enough to touch to the panorama painting. This museum gets quite a few visitors, but it is quiet compared to some of the famous museums in Amsterdam. Best seen off season or avoiding peak hours.
Written March 10, 2020
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La Jolla Traveler
La Jolla, CA14 contributions
Aug 2022
Great side trip in the Hague. Small but weel designed and managed museum. of course the centerpiece is the Panorama which the museum has done a tremendous job in making it a real experience in and of itself. I definitely recommend a stop here if you have some extra time in The Hague.
Written August 29, 2022
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evanherk
Kampen, The Netherlands8 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This museum enables you to stand on the top of a dune 140 years ago and watch the spectacular view all around you of a largely pre-industrial, pre-mechanized world. Two plumes of steamboats on the horizon presage the modern times; the wooden flat bottom fishing boats have sails and are drawn onto the beach by horses. As you keep observing you will keep encountering new surprising details. All painted by hand, 140 years ago.
Written July 23, 2020
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pdjroberts
Gosport, UK137 contributions
Feb 2020
We decided to visit during our Valentine's long weekend in Den Haag. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the view as you reach the top of the stairs into the dome housing the panorama is absolutely stunning and literally takes your breath away. The painting is some 14m high and standing at the railings, you are 14m away. When you consider that it took one day to paint 14sqm you can soon imagine what a feat of artistic skill this painting is. There are some additional galleries on the ground floor as well as a cafe and gift shop as you exit the museum. I would thoroughly recommend a visit to anyone, this is something you just have to see!
Written February 18, 2020
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Rami A
Tel Aviv, Israel1,162 contributions
Sep 2019
The panorama Mesdag is situated in the house where he used to live. This panorama looks very realistic because it is 3D painting at 360 degrees. You stay in the middle of a room and you can see the view of an old fishermen village exactly as it was some 120 years ago.It is very interesting as you do not see very often something like that. If you happen to be in The Hague do not miss it.
Written April 16, 2020
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Abhijit Gupta
Dhaka City, Bangladesh12 contributions
Jun 2019
We had our board dinner their. The panorama experience is quite breathtaking, From an observation gallery in the centre of the room the cylindrical perspective creates the illusion that the viewer is on a high sand dune overlooking the sea, beaches and village of Scheveningen in the late 19th century. A foreground of fake terrain around the viewing gallery hides the base of the painting and makes the illusion more convincing.. Really a must see if you are in Hague.
Written February 10, 2020
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GiudittaGerusalemme
Jerusalem, Israel51 contributions
Mar 2020
i thoroughly enjoyed the experience recommended by a Dutch friend, that i should go despite it being "touristy." the guides are very well informed. it's a really FUN experience, and as the weather was not good to go to the actual dunes, this kind of made up for it for me.. Take any combination ticket they offer
because it saves on admission price
Written March 8, 2020
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j1234
Belfast, UK185 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Deffinately recommend visiting this. Close to city centre. No long queues. I think this was the highlight of my visit to The Haguue
Written September 30, 2019
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Jane S
The Hague, The Netherlands22 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
Panorama Mesdag is one of the last panorama paintings left in the world. It's the turn of the century (last century) equivalent of 3 D and quite impossible to explain that once "in it", it hard to believe that what you are seeing is actually a painting. The museum is very low key, and not well known to visitors but is probably one of the most extraordinary (art) attractions in the Netherlands.
Before going into the panaroma painting itself, you should take the time to watch the film explaining the renovation of the painting, which is in itself an amazing technological feat. And if you have the time, take a trip along the boulevard in Scheveningen (where the painting was painted) to see for yourself what it actually looks like for real. Do this preferably beforehand. The detail in the panorama is extraordinary and even today many of the exact buildings are still standing. Really, nothing can quite explain what it is like, so you just really "have to go to know"!
Certainly, you should not visit the Hague without seeing this panorama.
The museum also has a very nice shop (as most museums in the Netherlands), a great place to buy presents and a very pleasant cafe.
If you are trying to introduce your children, young or teenagers to art, this is a terrific place to start, as the fascination of whether they are seeing a painting or a real view will intrigue most people including children.
Written February 19, 2015
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