Welcome to Panorama Mesdag!

Panorama Mesdag gives you a 360 degree vista of the sea, the dunes and the fishing village of Scheveningen as it was in 1881. Step back in time and experience a unique view of our cultural heritage – the oldest 19th century panorama in the world on its original site. This cylindrical painting, more than 14 meters high and 120 meters in circumference, was painted by one of the most important painters of the The Hague School, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, with help from his friends.

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Current exhibtion | Louis Apol on Nova Zembla

Louis Apol on Nova Zembla: from 19.10.2019 – 01.03.2020

Panorama Mesdag presents an adventurous expedition to Nova Zembla, depicted by nineteenth-century artist Louis Apol. For the first time ever since 1955, so many ‘travel works’ will be on display together. In 1880, artist Louis Apol (1850-1936) from The Hague joined a scientific expedition to Nova Zembla.

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He spent four months on board the polar schooner Willem Barents and created a spectacular visual report. This trip inspired him for the rest of his life. His works are on display from 19 October to 1 March 2020.

Louis Apol
Apol was the most renowned painter of winter landscapes of his era. The expedition to Nova Zembla offered him a unique opportunity to study the most remarkable ice formations and desolate, snow-covered landscapes up close and to depict them. From the ship, he was able to record magnificent reflections of light on ice and snow surfaces.

Unique visual report
The exhibition Louis Apol on Nova Zembla at Museum Panorama Mesdag features a selection of unique pencil drawings, sketches, and water colours created by Apol in the course of this adventurous trip. Visitors experience the exciting expedition through the eyes of this unusual crew member; it offers a unique insight in life on board of the polar schooner and the artist’s working method. This exhibition also focusses on the remarkable creatures, human beings, and natural phenomena that he encountered during the journey.

‘Apol draws and sketches everywhere; he won’t even leave his sketchbook behind when we go out hunting.’ Source : Captain’s log of Nova Zembla expedition.

Panorama
The theme fits well into the museum’s nineteenth-century character. Similar to Hendrik Willem Mesdag, founder of museum Panorama Mesdag, Apol was an artist of The Hague School and painted Dutch landscapes with loose brushstrokes, with due regard for depiction of light and atmosphere. Moreover, Apol was inspired by this trip to create a panoramic painting in 1896. Fifteen years earlier, Mesdag had painted his Panorama of Scheveningen. As such, Apol and Mesdag became close competitors. Apol’s panorama was displayed successfully for many years in the Amsterdam Panorama building.

Panorama Nova Zembla
The exhibition also calls attention to the panoramic painting created by Apol in 1896 based on his Nova Zembla sketches. The panorama fell off the radar around 1930. What happened to this enormous canvas?

The exhibition Louis Apol on Nova Zembla is on display from 19 October 2019 to 1 March 2020.

Opening hours

Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00 hours
Sunday and public holidays: 11.00 – 17.00 hours

Panorama Mesdag is closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Admission for wheelchairs by appointment only. Guided tours and special arrangements for groups on request.

Admission Fees

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Children (4-11 years) € 5,50
Adults € 10,50
Scholars / Students / CJP € 9,00
Museum Card (Museumkaart) / ICOM admission free

Combitickets

The following combination tickets are available for same-day visits:

Panorama Mesdag and Museum Beelden aan Zee € 18,50
Panorama Mesdag and Escher in het Paleis € 10,50 – € 17,00
Panorama Mesdag and Madurodam € 24,00
Panorama Mesdag and Muzee Scheveningen € 13,50
Panorama Mesdag and Omniversum € 12,50 € – 19,00
Panorama Mesdag and Louis Couperus museum € 11,50

Groups

Groups of 15 persons and more: € 9,00 (per person)

Audioguide

For more information about the permanent collection and the Panorama itself you can rent an audioguide at € 1,- at the entrance.Lees meer

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