Sculptures by the Sea  Museum Beelden Aan Zee

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Museum Beelden Aan Zee

  • Address: Harteveltstraat 1, 2586 EL Den Haag
  • Website: www.beeldenaanzee.nl/en
  • Hours: Tue-Sun 10:00-5:00
  • Museumkaart: Yes + €3.50
  • Tickets: Adults: €17,50/13-18 €8.75/Under 13 Free
  • Phone: 070 3585857

OVERVIEW: The Beelden aan Zee is a sculpture museum hidden in the dunes near the Scheveningen beach district of The Hague. Founded in 1994 by collectors Theo and Lida Scholten, the gallery features contemporary, international and local sculptures of merit. The curators regularly organize new exhibitions in its unique large circular main space, usually around a particular artist – such as Henry Moore in 2023. Important works by Karel Appel, Man Ray, Fritz Koenig and others are on permanent display both inside and outside of the facility. Since 2004, the museum building also houses the respected Sculptuur Instituut (“Sculpture Institute”), a research institute on contemporary art and sculpture.

The interior space in the main gallery

The building was designed by architect Wim Quist, who was asked by locals that the museum not be visible from the dunes. Accordingly, the structure is entirely underground, with protective mounds of sand shielding the collection from the busy nearby intersection. As a result, the museum can be hard to find for tourists.

The museum features a café and terrace located in a sheltered courtyard. The café offers a peaceful retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of beachgoers and boulevard strollers. It provides a selection of hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and soups. The café is accessible without an admission ticket. Please note that for groups larger than 10 people, a reservation is required. For more information or to make a reservation, you can contact the museum directly.

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