Four cultural experiences at Hollandse Duinen National Park
Sea meets land and nature meets city at Hollandse Duinen National Park. But above all, the park invites you to engage in a personal encounter with culture, from modern art to cultural history, for a brief or rather a longer visit. Several museums are enclosed by or bordering on nature, making a visit an even more attractive proposition.
Museum Beelden aan zee
The Museum Beelden aan zee (Sculptures by the Sea Museum) reflects perfectly what visitors should expect. Modern and contemporary (international) sculptures set off against the peaceful, and sometimes rough, background of the sea. The museum focuses exclusively on sculptures made from a range of materials in a variety of styles, unique in Holland. The building is shaped like a sand-colored seashell and fits perfectly into its surroundings.
The biggest private art collection in Holland is on display at Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar. The modern contemporary art collection is perfectly at home in the building with its modern design, which features large glass and natural stone surfaces. The nearby wooded areas, dunes, meadows and water result in a beautiful and relaxing contrast, which changes every season. A walk-through nature makes for a perfect conclusion to your museum visit.
The Hague boasts one of the world’s oldest nineteenth-century panoramic paintings. The cylindrical painting, which is called Panorama Mesdag, is 14 meters high and has a circumference of 120 meters. You have a 360º view and experience the late nineteenth-century North Sea, dunes, The Hague, and Scheveningen. This unique cultural historic phenomenon is still located in the building where it was originally painted
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
With 160,000 works of art, the Kunstmuseum in The Hague is one of Europe’s biggest art museums. It has a leading collection of modern and contemporary art, fashion, and applied art. There are as many as 300 works by Piet Mondrian, the museum being his international home base. No other place offers such a comprehensive overview of his life and evolution towards abstract art. The museum also features works by other famous artists, including Monet, Picasso, Kandinsky, Sol Lewitt, Francis Bacon, and Louise Bourgeois.