The Hague is full of museums. Unfortunately, none of them are cheap, so it’s a good thing we were only there for one full day. We first went to the Gementemuseum, which also happened to be housing the famous pieces from the Marithuis, which is currently being renovated. We saw Mondriaan, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring. In contrast, we also saw some exhibits about Javanese gold and silver, and a rather terrifying 6-room display by Hans Van Bentem, a current artist who likes to make chandeliers and nightmare-inducing sculptures.
Before heading to the train station, we stopped at the Escher museum. This was much less extensive than the Gementemuseum, but obviously still very cool.
The Dutch royal family used to live in the palace where the museum is housed. As we learned, Escher had a fascinating life and, of course, a fascinating view of the world, not limited to the “impossible situations” that he liked to depict. My favorite quotation from the museum? The fact that his Curl-Up drawings were borne of “a disastisfaction with the lack of wheel-shaped creatures in nature.”
Other museums we wished we could have hit up include The Historical Museum, the Panorama and the Prison Gate Museum. I don’t think that any museums in the Hague are open past 5, and most don’t open until 11 a.m., so you’ll have to pick and choose carefully if you’re on a tight schedule.