Museum Panorama Mesdag
Welcome to museum Panorama Mesdag! The Panorama of Scheveningen 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.
Besides the impressive Panorama of Scheveningen, the museum contains almost one hundred paintings by marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten. This collection offers the world’s most varied and complete insight into their art.
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Museum Panorama Mesdag presents a selection of over seventy photos of contemporary beach life from a non-commonplace perspective, in the exhibition CANDID. The photos were commissioned by the museum from four up-and-coming photographers from The Hague that have started a collective on this occasion: Giedo van der Zwan (1967), Mirjam Rosa (1982), Merel Schoneveld (1983) and Sandra Uittenbogaart (1975). Together they created a portrait of contemporary beach life, that became nostalgic sooner than expected. The exhibition CANDID is on show until 28 February 2021 in The Hague.
The CANDID collective
The diversity of the seaside resort is the common denominator of the collective. As a result, the photographers challenge and inspire each other. Ordinary people are captured in everyday situations against the backdrop of the familiar seaside resort, but they appear to be anything but ordinary. The artists do not stage-manage nor pass judgement; their photos are self-explanatory, honest, and authentic. In other words: they are CANDID.
The photographers display a strong, personal signature: Giedo van der Zwan focusses his sharp lens on unsuspecting day trippers, which results in intriguing and sometimes absurd images; Mirjam Rosa really gets onto people’s skin, which creates raw, intimate portraits; Sandra Uittenbogaart manages to capture chaos at the beach in harmonious, still images; and Merel Schoneveld translates her experience of the seaside resort in powerful black-and-white compositions that feel both estranging and poetic.
Each time, visitors view the seaside resort from a very different perspective by means of seventy photos in various sizes. Merel Schoneveld does not only exhibit her photos, but also an experimental video in which she engages visitors in her surreal impression of Scheveningen.
A glimpse behind the scenes
Scheveningen is brought to life in the Hague School gallery by the life-sized photos of Sandra Uittenbogaart and Giedo van der Zwan. Visitors can also glimpse behind the scenes: the artists’ collective started to photograph each other during the work process, because the quest for the perfect photograph results in some exceptional images too. Moreover, a film by cineast and street photographer Bas Hordijk provides his impression of the mode of operation of the four photographers.
Visitors are required to book a ticket online. Online tickets are available on the website. We will use time sl ots in order to optimise safe access to our visitors.
How can I get access to the museum?
Access is only possible if you buy your ticket online. Online tickets are available on the website. We will use time slots in order to optimise safe access to our visitors.
Can I visit the museum spontaneously and buy a ticket at the front desk?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept unscheduled visits for the time being. Access to the museum is only possible by means of an online ticket purchased in advance.
Will the CANDID exhibition be open to the public?
The CANDID exhibition will also open on Tuesday 2 June. The admission fee includes a visit to the CANDID exhibition. The exhibition is a fixed part of the museum route
Do you have any question regarding your online ticket? Please contact the helpdesk at:
I have a membership card, discount card, or a voucher. Do I also need to reserve a ticket online?
Card holders must reserve online by purchasing a zero-fare ticket. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unscheduled visits for the time being. Cards must be shown at the museum.
We will exclusively accept the Museumkaart, Rotterdampas, Dordtpas, Ooievaarspas, ICOM-pas, Vriendenpas, vouchers, and ANWB tickets. We cannot accept the Hollandpas at present.
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I am a Friend of MESDAG. Do I also need to reserve a ticket online?
Friends of Mesdag must reserve their free access online. In order to optimise safe access, we must spread the number of visitors. Membership cards must be shown at the museum. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unscheduled visits for the time being.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept combination tickets at present.
We will use time slots in order to optimise safe access to our visitors. We can receive new visitors every 15 minutes. Access is only possible if you buy your ticket online.
What is a time slot?
By using time slots we can optimise safe access by spreading the number of visitors across the day and in our museum rooms. We can receive a maximum of 10 visitors every 15 minutes. Every visitor will follow a fixed route in the museum. Every time slot starts on every full quarter of an hour. Your museum visit will last a maximum of 90 minutes.
In order to enhance a smooth entry and welcome we kindly but explicitly request you to arrive 15 minutes before your slot starts, and not earlier. This means you will have ample time for the cloak room and hygiene measures. Visitors cannot be allowed access any earlier than 15 minutes before the reserved time slot.
What are the schedules of the time slots?
The museum is open every day from 10 am – 6 pm. The first time slot starts at 10 am, the next one at 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, etc. The final time slot starts at 4:45 pm.
10 access tickets are available in each time slot.
Visitors will follow a fixed route in the museum and spend a maximum of 90 minutes in the museum. The remaining 30 minutes of your visit can be spent in the catering facility or museum shop at your discretion.
We request all visitors kindly but explicitly to be present 15 minutes before the start of the time slot, for hygiene measures, cloak room, and introduction.
Is the museum shop open?
The museum shop is open. We kindly request you to only touch items you intend to purchase. Protective disposable gloves are available from the shop desk. Items you purchase can only be paid for electronically.
Is the MUSEUM CAFÉ open?
The museum café is open. The layout of the museum café has been adapted to guarantee a 1.5-metre social distance. The number of seats is limited. We also cater for a ‘to go’ range. Payment can only be effected electronically.
Can I book a guided tour?
For now, it is not possible to book a guided tour during opening hours. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for customized guided tours after opening hours.
Do you offer courses, workshops, lectures, and other public activities?
We are currently investigating what we can offer. We hope to be able to offer public activities once more, as soon as national measures allow us to. Please check our website for up-to-date information.
Can we book an education programme for the next school year?
Education offers can be booked – subject to approval – in morning time slots from 9-11 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Please check our website for more information.
Can I book a group visit to the museum?
We hope to be able to organize group visits for you once more, as soon as national measures allow us to. Please contact us on email@example.com for more information.
Receptions & Events
Can I book a reception or event in the museum?
We hope to be able to organize receptions and events for your once more, as soon as national measures allow us to. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Do you have any other questions? We will gladly be of service to you.
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Rules & extra measures
Can I visit the museum when I have symptoms of a cold?
In accordance with national measures you are expected to stay at home when you suffer from symptoms of a cold or have a fever. We will gladly receive you as soon as you have no symptoms anymore. The same rules apply to the museum staff members.
What hygiene measures have been taken in the museum?
We aim for higher hygiene levels in order to allow safe museum visits. During opening hours, contact items and surfaces touched by people will be cleaned more often. This includes door handles, taps, lockers, payment terminals, and toilets. Disinfectant hand gel is available on various sites in the museum. Besides, we provide protective disposable gloves to visitors and museum staff members. These facilities are available at the front desk.
Is it possible to pay in cash?
We kindly request everyone to pay contactless for hygiene reasons. Cash payments are not possible for the time being in the interest of safety for all those concerned.
Do you have to wear a face mask when you visit the museum?
You are not obliged to wear a face mask. However, everyone is free to wear a face mask.
This also applies to museum staff members.
Museum Panorama Mesdag is open daily from 10 am – 6 pm.
Closed on December 25th and January 1st.
|Children 4-11 years ( summer action till 1 September 2020)||admission free|
|Children 12-18 years (summer action till 1 September 2020)||€ 5,00|
|Students / CJP||€ 12,00|
|Museum Card (Museumkaart) / ICOM||admission free|
|Audio guide (not available due to COVID)||—|
Due to COVID, it is not allowed to offer an audioguide during you visit. However, feel free to listen and watch the audiotour online before or after your visit.