Home to the Dutch Masters from the Golden Age
Welcome to the Outdoor Museum, home to several of the best Dutch Masters from the Golden Age. You can visit our museum in a picturesque part of the historical city of The Hague around the Dunne Bierkade. Almost all locations can be visited by one of our guides. The Outdoor Museum has an attractive program for both groups and individuals. The focus is on interaction, learning and experiencing. We focus on three themes: The Dutch Masters and painters of the nineteenth century, Royal The Hague and the old harbour district
Inside and outside the Outdoor Museum
Jan van Goyen’s house – Dunne Bierkade 16a
A unique dwelling-house, home to the landscape painter Van Goyen, who made hundreds of his paintings here. Jan Steen painted his family in law, the Van Goyen family. Immerse yourself in the Golden Age!
Paulus Potter’s house – Dunne Bierkade 17
The animal painter Paulus Potter rented this house from his neighbor, Jan van Goyen. Here Paulus Potter painted the landscape of his most famous painting “The Bull”. Paulus Potter married the neighbour girl Adriana van Balckeneynde. In the antechamber you can admire beautiful ceiling paintings by the palace decorator Stortenbeker, a good example of the Royal Hague.
Van Balckeneynde’s house – Dunne Bierkade 18
The Monumental House of Van Balckeneyndes is designed by Pieter Post. Van Balckeneynde was the builder of The Hague Palaces and the Cats House. Later the house was bought by Anton and Johann Frantz Lyncker (1776-1791). Here he set up the factory for the Hague porcelain. The brothers Verveer, a Jewish family of artists of the 19th century, also lived in this house.
Spinoza House – Paviljoensgracht 72-74
Jan van Goyen had a house built on the Paviljoensgracht. Here, the famous philosopher Baruch de Spinoza wrote his “Ethica”.
Painters of the Romantic and the Hague School – Dunne Bierkade
The Dunne Bierkade and its surroundings have been a creative breeding ground for centuries. At first it was the neighborhood of famous painters. In the 19th century, the houses and studios of famous painters of the Romatic and the Hague School stood here. The founder of the Pulchri Studio, Bartholomeus van Hove, lives here, among others, alongside the painter of the Hague School Johannes Bosboom. That is why, among other things, attention is drawn to this in the Paulus Potterhaus.
Vincent van Gogh Experience
Van Gogh was also a much-seen artist here. He first lived as an art dealer in one of the neighborhood’s small courtyards. In Jan van Goyen’s house we focus on the artworks that are related to the neighborhood. Here is a “neighborhood exhibition” of the greatest artist of the 19th century. Only reprints are exhibited, the exhibition aims to show the life of the artist, the paintings and the neighborhood in relation to each other.
Courtyard of the ‘Holy Spirits Masters’ of the Grote Kerk – Paviljoensgracht 125
This picturesque courtyard from 1616 is the oldest of its kind in The Hague.
It was founded by the ‘Holy Spirits Masters’ of the Grote Kerk, who were in charge of caring for the poor. The small houses were built in a square shape and were connected according to a mirror-symmetrical pattern.