The
Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, recently reopened to great fanfare after a
2-year renovation. I’ve always loved this museum, which appears to float on the
water, because of its intimate feel. Despite its expansion, which has doubled
the size of the museum with an additional wing accessible via underground
tunnel that can accommodate larger pieces of art and house special exhibitions,  this intimate
feeling remains.

The
museum’s most celebrated piece, “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, hangs its original
place in a room I’d say is about the size of an average living room, 

and is
close enough to touch, though a protective railing has been placed around the
painting to help prevent that. 

The
museum also houses Rembrandt’s iconic “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”, as well as another room full
of his other works, including several self-portraits, which, let’s be honest,
are basically the selfie of the 17th century.

The
Mauritshuis collection consists only of works by Dutch and Flemish Old Masters
or pieces related to Johan Maurits, the building’s original owner, and in
addition to works by Vermeer and Rembrandt, includes pieces from Paul Rubens,
Frans Hal and Pieter Brueghel.
Some of the other changes and additions that were part of the renovation
include technical improvements, such as better lighting and climate-controlled
rooms, the entrance moved for the side to the front of the building, new educational
space, auditorium, café and museum shop. What has always been a wonderful museum, just got better.