Panorama Mesdag, The Hague

History Museum · Landmark
Panorama Mesdag, a large cylindrical painting of a seaside town, gives the viewer an impression of being inside the landscape. Stand atop a sand dune and observe villagers at work, fishing boats docked on the seashore, and houses in the distance. Along with the realistic painting style, the feel of the place is augmented by the sand and beach objects placed below the painting on hilly terrain, making the illusion more striking. The piece was completed in 1881 by Mesdag, his wife, and his student painters. Use our The Hague trip itinerary maker to visit Panorama Mesdag on your trip to The Hague, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • despite panorama there are other paintings by dutch masters. Nice small museum with a special atmosthere.  more »
  • A great way to experience how artists, 140 years ago, managed to convey a panoramic view of a fisherman's village to visitors of their exhibition all over the world. The temporary exhibition at the.....  more »
  • For the first time visitor to the city or even the country, this should be a must visit as has got to be one of the best landscape painting during that time.  more »
  • The whole story of this place is amazing and saving it from ruin was a wonderful thing. I could have stayed all afternoon but for my stomach! It took a while for me to be able to move around freely without feeling a bit sick. Not throwing up sick but my eye was getting ‘confusing’ information, particularly when I moved. If when you sit on a train and another close by, parallel train sets off moving and your stomach/brain goes funny thinking you are the one moving, then you’ll know exactly what I mean. Very enjoyable and very realistic.
  • Do go to this place if you are into arts and paintings. Entry is €10. This is a 360° painting of The Beach at Hague from an artist's view. And it's very beautiful and interesting as it gives an illusion that you are standing on the beach. It's on the street which leads you to Peace Palace or International Court of Justice. So if you are heading from the Parliament building then inwiykd suggest first see this and then head to Peace Palace.
  • I did t really understand why this was supposed to be such a good place to visit when I was told about it. Once we walked into the room, I understood completely! Absolutely worth the visit and I’m so glad I didn’t decide to give it a miss.
  • Loved it. A very unique concept. The whole setting felt so real. It felt like an on a beach, 100 years in the past, a beautiful sunny day.
  • WOW!!! No photos; no explanation; nothing you have ever seen before can begin to describe what it's like to see this. Simply amazing work of art! Doesn't take long to go through but if you appreciate art and/or surveying you MUST see this.

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