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    Museum Mesdag

    by Mique Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    Museum Mesdag seen from the Garden

    This museum is usually overlooked. People flock to see the Panorama Mesdag. But during his life Mesdag and his wife acquired a vast collection of paintings from dutch and french artists from the 19th century. And the museum is in the house where Mesdag and his wife lived and still breaths that atmosphere.

    I was suprised with some of the paintings i found there. Such good works. And besides the paintings there are Dutch and Asian objects on display.. Quite a diversity in one museum...

    And it has a nice small garden where in summer you can sit and just relax a bit.

    Address:
    Laan van Meerdervoort 7F

    The museum is opened from tuesday till sunday from 12 till 17 hours.

    Price: 4 euro (2003)

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    Escher in the Palace...

    by Mique Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A great artist and a great museum

    The palace Lange Voorhout nowadays houses the Escher Museum. There is much to see.. from famous work like Ascending and Decending, Babel's tower and Day and Night to the announcement card he made for his son's birth... as well as letters, diaries and much more.

    On the top floor you can experience Escher's work via virtual reality. And there are several computers programmed with Escher games.. for you to enjoy..

    In the Basement there is a cafe. Kids can play there. The door comes from the ceiling, the table is hanging on the wall and the stairs are unclimable. The cafe serves lunch and hightea. But you can also sit down to a cup of coffee or tea.

    Location: Lange Voorhout 74

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday-sunday 11.00 till 17.00
    Closed on 25th of december and 1 January

    Admission fee:
    Adults 7,50 Euro
    Kids between 7-15 5 euro
    Kids under 7 are for free
    Family ticket 20 euro

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    The Hague Sculpture

    by Mique Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    Sculpture (2003)

    From the 4th of June the new Sculptures will be on the Lange Voorhout and remain there till the 12th of september evry year though i'm not sure about the exact dates. but early june till early september in any way

    The theme of this year (2004) is 'Art the great communicator' because of the expansion of the EU with 10 countries. As a special part all the foreign ministers of the new European countries ahve been asked to make available a sculpture of an artist of their country.

    So stroll along under the trees and admire all the work of renowned and new artists on display.

    And there are more artworks to be seen at the lane next to the 'Hofvijver' and an 'l'Art de Triomphe' in front of the Central Station

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    World-famous Philosopher Spinoza

    by RoyJava Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    Ofcourse some names of famous people contribute its mite and one of them is Baruch/Benedict Spinoza. Born in Amsterdam in 1632 he settled down at The Hague where he got the famous philosophical formulations. In The Hague you'll find the Domus Spinozana, the house where the philosopher died in 1677. You can arrange for a visit and read some texts by Spinoza.

    Find and see the statue of his image in front of the house, in the centre of The Hague. I do love philosophy and this place got very special to me, just around the corner of my humble living-place ...

    "Desire is the very essence of man"
    ~ SPINOZA ~
    Paviljoensgracht 72-74, The Hague

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    Scuptures along Spuistraat and Lange Poten

    by leics Written Apr 13, 2013

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    I'm not sure whether these are permanent or temporary..... or perhaps the bases are permanent and the sculptures are occasionally replaced by new ones. But I was pleased to see them along Spuistraat and Lange Poten: they added interest to the streeetscene (almost entirely focused on shopping on Spuistraat, which is lined with shops on both sides).

    I couldn't always see the name of the sculpture or artist, and when I could the information was in Dutch (quite rightly and not a surprisingly). So I have no real idea what each sculpture represents. I just enjoyed looking at them.

    My favourite was the realistic girl on her knees but, ironically, that was the one I could not photograph well. Her position on the corner of two streets with tall buildings added to the position of the sun at the time made it very difficult.

    Forget the shopping...it's worth a walk along both streets just to see and enjoy the sculptures, though probably best not to do this when Spuistraat is packed with shoppers (as I discovered!). :-)

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    Chinatown

    by leics Written Apr 13, 2013

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    Chinatown gate

    I didn't realise Den Haag has a 'Chinatown' and it was sheer luck that I spotted the rather nice gateway as I wandered along Spuistraat.

    Through the gate, on Wagenstraat and the surrounding streets, you'll find a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian restaurants and eating places as well as shops selling all types of Asian goods.

    Worth exploring (I didn't have time to give more than a quick look).

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    Look up!

    by nighthawk Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Panorama Mesdag inside

    I spy with my hawk eye ... old canvas pulled up and held together by something ..
    Saw this when we came up the stairs to the Panaroma Mesdag, guess it is the original because it is old and faded.
    It accentuates the cylindrical form of the panaroma *makes ya kinda dizzy too lol*

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    Theater festival

    by Mique Updated Jul 13, 2003

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    Part of the Parade

    De Parade is a traveling theater-festival that goes around the 4 main cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Den Haag) every year. In each city the festival will reside for 2 weeks. And it has everything from new upcoming artist, very experimental stuff and the occasional try-out of big names.. Theater, dance, film, and music are all included. The festival area is furthermore full of places where you can have a bit or something to drink.... And the people.. i can watch them for hours.. the young and hip, the hippies and everything and all in between...

    The webside has an english version too
    And they have much stuff for kids to do to. Kids theater, or baking 'poffertjes' , a small play ground...

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    A 'hidden' Escher

    by Mique Written Feb 18, 2004

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    Escher in the Postoffice

    The main postoffice which is located in the city centre has an original Escher above its counters. It's an original Metamorphose.

    And if you ask, you're even allowed to take a picture of it.

    The postoffice is opposite the Nieuwe Kerk (new church)

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    Museum of communication

    by Mique Written Feb 26, 2004

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    Museum of Communication

    This used to be the old PTT-museum and most of the ground floor is still dedicated to that. But it also has a lot on telephony and more..

    And it is a great kids museum. There are loads of things you're allowed to touch and try out. Little games on determining which mode of transport was the quickest in a certain time period.. or trying to decipher morse-code...

    Entrance fee is 6 euro for adults and 3 euro for kids up to 12. (prices 2004)

    Monday to friday it is open from 10-17.
    Saturday and sundays from 12-17
    Closed on december the 25th and januari the 1st

    Locaton Zeestraat 80-82.

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    Know-How Of The Hague

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    A very interesting know-how >>>

    Once, in the beginning of the 13th century a Dutch Count built a living on a dune top nearby a pond. Because of the hedges surrounding this living its name became "HAGA" (=hedges-land) which turned into 's-Gravenhage (hedge-of-count). Ofcourse a royal palace was built and the place around grew into a village. And 's-Gravenhage (The Hague) stayed a village until the first King of Holland (Lodewijk, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte) granted some city rights. In present days the pond is the Hofvijver/Court Pond, next to Binnenhof, and the Palace is the Ridderzaal/Knights Hall. You can find the Know-how story about The Hague here, get some info about ...

    Read more about The Hague's name >>>

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    CHINESE NEW YEAR's EVENT

    by RoyJava Updated May 18, 2006

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    The Year of the Rooster/Chicken, that was 2005. The Chinese prophesy told we would have a better year as 2004... Well, did it work out for you? Better find out in 2006, the Year of the Red Flaming Dog... wowww!!!

    The photograph shows the beginning of the Chinese New Year 4207, officially celebrated in The Hague. Indeed The Hague got its own Chinatown! A super cultural highlight in The Hague by the Chinese with the famous Lion and Dragon Dances, and fireworks (starting with 2x 100.000 bangs!).

    Info The Hague:
    Stichting Chinatown
    St. Jacobstraat 15
    2512 AN Den Haag
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    Gedempte Burgwal 20C
    2512 BV The Hague

    please, see some great pics by Jeroen Jansen >>>
    Jeroen Jansen Chinese New Year

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    Lady of Museum of Communication

    by RoyJava Updated May 9, 2005

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    If you pay a visit to the Museum of Communication (see link) see the beautiful carved statues of the building outside. These were created around 1929 and belong to the "public women" of Holland. Meaning the carved statues of females (some famous, mythical goddesses, some famous women, some nameless females) you can find all over Holland in public ... (this one could be a Goddess)

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    The Boy His Finger

    by RoyJava Updated Dec 9, 2006

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    It wasn't the Dutch who made of Hansje Brinker, an almost 8 years old boy of Haarlem, a legendary hero. He stuck his finger in a little opening of the dike of a polder, and saved many inhabitants living in the fields of drowning. It was the American writer Mary Mapes Dodge who wrote the famous "Hans Brinker, and the silver skates"-book in 1865. His statue became world-wide known, to be seen here at Madurodam, The Hague. Its original you can find in Spaarndam, close to Haarem city ...

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    Special Obelisk

    by RoyJava Updated Sep 6, 2005

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    A very nice neighbourhood to go for a walk is at the Regentesseplein. Named the "other" The Hague most tourists miss this region where the beautiful square reminds of the Dutch Queen Regent Emma. A special obelisk with a charming Lady Victory has been specially dedicated to her. Go for a wonderful shop nearby the Weimarstraat ...

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