The Hague Sights

Panorama Mesdag

  • Zeestraat 65 Map It
  • The Hague

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Long before TV was capable of reproducing reality, painted panoramas gave viewers the chance to immerse themselves in another world. The Panorama Mesdag, painted in 1880 by the renowned marine artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag and a team including his wife, Sientje Mesdag-van Houtenback, is one of the largest and finest surviving examples of the genre. The cinematic vision is a sweeping view of the sea, the dunes, and the picturesque fishing village of Scheveningen. To enhance the effect of the painting, you are first led through a narrow, dark passage, then up a spiral staircase, and out onto a "sand dune" viewing platform. To the southeast is The Hague, detailed so perfectly that old-time residents can identify particular houses. So lifelike is the 45-foot-high panorama with a 400-foot circumference that it's hard to resist the temptation to step across the guardrail onto the dune and stride down to the water's edge.

Sight Information

Address:

Zeestraat 65, The Hague, 2518 AA, Netherlands

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Phone:

070-310–6665

Sight Details:

  • €10; combination tickets available with other major sights
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 11–5

Published 11/18/2015

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