Panorama Mesdag, The Hague

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Panorama Mesdag and other The Hague attractions using our handy The Hague tour planner.
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  • Visiting Panorama Mesdag is a wonderful experience. You are litterally standing in the middle of Scheveningen and you recognize the beach and boats and houses along the boulevard and the dunes. You ju...  more »
  • Worth a visit even if you are not necessarily into art. I have seen the panorama many times and it always amazes me. This momentous painting (second largest in the world) tells the story of The Hague ...  more »
  • A very common example of painting (we Poles have the battle of Racławice, which much better appreciate) demanding the immensity of the work and should not be underestimated. I have a note to ticket prices: 10 euro we have access to one of the work which most visitors spent about 15 minutes. A little pricey.
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  • A surprising and unique piece of art! Definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately unfortunately, the €10 admission is a bit steep for what you get. Online they talk about the brilliant lighting and sound. The day we went there was neither brilliant lighting for sound
  • Very ingesting, absolutely recommendable. A great permanent exhibition and a very interesting season exhibition with people lying on the beach. The big panorama is very impressive and looks like an original photo.
  • Get a quick feeling for the Dutch life of a hundred years ago. Both the Panorama and other works are worth visiting for Mesdag's play with light, air and the landscape.
  • Except for the panorama, there is not much to see here. Regarding the panorama: it balances somewhere between art and kitch, in my opinion. You are 100% better off going to the Mauritshuis.
  • quaint 360 painted beach scene with real sand in foreground..illusion like looking from a lifeguards lookout around a beach. visit in den haag.

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True to its role as the residence of the Dutch king, The Hague offers accommodations fit for royalty. The five-star hotels in the historical town center provide spacious rooms loaded with modern amenities, as well as easy foot access to most of the city's cultural sights. The Hague's elegant seaside resort of Scheveningen offers even more lodging options for travelers wishing to indulge themselves during their trip. If you're visiting on a limited budget, explore the city's economical guesthouses and youth hostels.
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