Visit Museum Panorama Mesdag

See Historic Scheveningen Beach Painted 150 Years Ago on the Largest Single Canvas in the World!

Museum Panorama Mesdag

  • Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag
  • Website: oo
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 10:00-5:00
  • Museumkaart: Yes
  • Tickets: Adults €16 / Under 12-Free
  • Phone: +31 (0)20 244 2877

OVERVIEW: The Panorama Mesdag is a small museum in The Hague that is built around one gigantic painting, the Panorama of the Scheveningen. This huge masterpiece is the work of Hendrik Willem Mesdag, a Dutch painter with family ties to the city and a particular love for the local beach – the Scheveningen. In 1880, Mesdag received the assignment to create a huge, cylindrical mural of his beloved hometown. He chose a panorama of the sea with a depiction of the entire village of fishermen, buildings, ships, houses, horses, and residents with a 360º view of Scheveningen.

The canvas would become over 14 meters tall (50 feet) and an astounding 120 meters (400 feet) around, making it the largest cylindrical painting in the world. It took over four months to complete with the help of his wife and three other artists and was presented to the city on August 1, 1881. It has been in the same location ever since, enjoyed by over 100,000 visitors each year.

The nearby Mesdag Collection holds an extensive 19th-century art collection featuring important Dutch, French, and Italian artists such as Antonio Mancini, Theodore Rousseau, Camille Corot, and Anton Mauve. Ask the museum staff about visiting this private gallery.

A detail from the huge panoramic mural

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