The Hague has some 30 top-quality museums and can rightly be seen as a city full of art and culture. Some enjoy a worldwide reputation while others are less well known, which only adds to their charm.
The Mauritshuis has an extensive collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th century, including the gem Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. The Gemeentemuseum has a permanent collection with a number of paintings by Piet Mondrian and the only 19th-century panorama in the Netherlands can be admired in Panorama Mesdag.
The Museum Card (Museumkaart) is an annual membership card which provides free and reduced admission to more than 400 museums in the Netherlands.
The Hague boasts a number of nationally renowned companies as well as a lively international theatre scene. A few nationally renowned companies are based in The Hague like the Nationale Toneel, which performs in the beautifully classical Koninklijke Schouwburg (Royal Theatre), Toneelgroep De Appel, with its theatre – a former coach house for The Hague’s horsedrawn trams – in Scheveningen. They present internationally known pieces by playwrights like Chekhov, Shakespeare, Ibsen and others.
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