The Mauritshuis is a world-famous museum with a celebrated collection of Dutch 17th-century paintings. The collection consists of some 850 pictures, the majority of which are on view in two historic buildings. One of these is the Mauritshuis, a 17th-century city palace on Het Plein in The Hague.
The building owes its name to Johan Maurits of Nassau Siegen, who built it as his private residence. The second is the Prince William V Gallery on the Buitenhof, established by stadholder Prince William V. These two buildings, with their exceptional history and celebrated collection, together form a single house – the Mauritshuis – situated on a historic site in the political centre of the Netherlands.