Culture and arts, The Hague
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.
Laan van Meerdervoort 7F
The museum is opened from tuesday till sunday from 12 till 17 hours.
Price: 4 euro (2003)
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
Tuesday-sunday 11.00 till 17.00
Closed on 25th of december and 1 January
Adults 7,50 Euro
Kids between 7-15 5 euro
Kids under 7 are for free
Family ticket 20 euro
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
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!). :-)
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).
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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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*
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...
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)
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.
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 ...
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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:
St. Jacobstraat 15
2512 AN Den Haag
Gedempte Burgwal 20C
2512 BV The Hague
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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)
Guess the name of Johan De Witt (1615-1672) is wide known as the Dutch advocate who became the most powerful man in republic Holland (still in medieval times). Yes, he did the study of law and showed remarkable talents. He became an advocate and lived at The Hague. Althoug Johan De Witt brought about peace with England in 1654 and, being extremely succesful in bringing prosperity to Holland, he and his brother were attacked and killed by a large crowd.
This horrible, incredible story happened in the Gevangenpoort, The Hague, when Johan visited his brother there. The Hagues (yep, a very socially thinking crowd *joking*) heard about the visit, collected outside the building, burst in and, battered at the 2 brothers. Finally the crowd, mad with rage, tore them in pieces. The inside of their bodies was eaten by dogs ...
It was not before 1918 when there was a statue erected for Johan De Witt at the "Plaats", unveiled by Queen Wilhelmina. Read on the statue about his goodies (translation will be added): "Leider en dienaar der Republiek, vormer harer machtigste vloten, verdediger der vrije zee, verzorger van ’s lands gelden, wiskundige, een volmaakt Hollander."
In front of Palace Noordeinde (Noordeinde 68) next to Queen Wilhelmina, you'll see the statue of Prince William II Of Orange (Willem Van Oranje) on horseback, dated form 1845.
This legendary prince (1625-1650) was long-haired Prince William II of Orange, and Count of Nassau in 1647. He married Mary Stuart (1631-1650) of England, Scotland and Ireland and, daughter of King Charles I. The poor guy would be crowned emperor by the Pope, but died in a battle of war before the event. So he never finished to build the Ridderzaal (Knight Room), which his only son William III did. Another famous William Of Orange ...