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1819 composer Jacques Offenbach was born in Cologne, France

1887 German Dada artist and poet Kurt Schwitters was born in Hannover.

1890 Italian painter Giorgio Morandi was born.

Bonnefanten Museum

The Bonnefantenmuseum combines, in a building by Aldo Rossi, private and public collections with both old master painting and sculpture as cutting edge contemporary art. Furthermore it hosts the so-called Rijksmuseum Maastricht and collections focused both on medieval applied arts (Neutelings) as on mainstream contemporary (Vandenhove). The Bonnefantenmuseum, designed by Italian architect Aldo Rossi, is a splendid addition to the skyline of Maastricht. Featuring the famous Treppenstraße (monumental stairs) that leads to the exhibition rooms, its undisputed highlight is the cupola; the distinctive tower on the banks of the Maas. Rossi regarded the museum as a 'viewing factory'.


Fotomuseum Den Haag

The Hague Museum of Photography opened its doors in December 2002. It is part of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague and works closely with the Print Room of Leiden University Library. Every year the museum organises around six exhibitions covering a wide range of periods, disciplines and genres in the history of photography, often focusing on the human figure.


GEM - Museum of Contemporary Art

GEM displays every kind of art being produced at international, national and local level. Its groundbreaking solo and group exhibitons throw light on new trends in contemporary art



This Municipal Museum (Dutch: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag) was built by the Dutch architect H.P. Berlage. It is renowned for its large Mondrian collection, the largest in the world. His last work, Victory Boogie-Woogie, is on display here.


Groninger Museum

The new Groninger Museum (1994) is not merely a casing for art, it is a work of art in itself, a principle that is occurring to an increasing extent in contemporary (museum) architecture. It is an artwork in the centre of the city, traversed by public space where passers-by are directly confronted by all kinds of works of art.
Foto by Ralph Richter Klein


Kröller-Müller Museum

The Kröller-Müller Museum has a world-renowned collection of mainly 19th and 20th century visual art. The centrepieces include the large collection of work by Vincent van Gogh and the sculpture garden.



The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis was a state museum until it was privatised in 1995. The collection of old Dutch and Flemish masters is given the greatest care and attention. It is indeed remarkable to find a top-notch collection of seventeenth-century paintings housed in a seventeenth-century palace. The museum mounts one to two exhibitions every year; its own collection always forms the basis of these presentations. The Mauritshuis opens its doors to everyone by providing instructive and easily accessible information.


Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Museum presents a wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, decorative arts and industrial design from the fourteenth century to the present. Wandering through its galleries you will journey through the history of art, from the Middle Ages until the present day. The collections are striking in their diversity, housing old master and modern paintings alongside product design and the applied arts, and encompassing the full range of media from painting and sculpture, prints and drawings to photography, video and film. There are unique pieces and items that have been mass produced in their hundreds, thousands or even millions.


Rembrandthuis - The Rembrandt House Museum

The house where Rembrandt lived between 1639 and 1658 is a museum: Museum het Rembrandthuis or the Rembrandt House Museum. The collection as it now stands provides an almost complete overview of Rembrandt’s graphic work: 260 of the 290 etchings he made are represented.



While the restoration of the main building is underway, the Rijksmuseum is displaying the crème de la crème of its permanent collection in the newly furnished Philips Wing. "Rijksmuseum, The Masterpieces" offers the unique opportunity to view all the highlights of the Golden Age in one place.


Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum is opening its doors temporarily and brings you new exhibitions of contemporary art. And every week: performances, films, guided tours, lectures, workshops and more.


The Hermitage Amsterdam

The Amstelhof building is one of the finest examples of monumental classicist architecture in Amsterdam. The Hermitage Amsterdam is a dependency of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg.


Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum houses the world’s largest collection of work by Vincent van Gogh. In addition to work by Van Gogh, the museum has a rich and varied collection of other 19th-century art. The artists represented include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and others: Van Gogh’s friends and contemporaries, those who inspired him, and those who drew inspiration from him.



The Wereldmuseum offers, by its outstanding ethnographic collection, a unique place to absorb and experience a variety of cultures. Every year the museum presents two high quality theme exhibitions. These theme exhibitions, comprising masterpieces from museums and private collectors from all over the world, are displayed over a two-storey high exhibition area. The exhibition theme will be carried through the entire museum. Besides these temporary exhibitions, the museum also features a permanent exhibition, 'the Collection', which consists of over 2.000 art pieces of the highest quality, from Asia, Oceania, America and Africa.


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