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The first Gigapixel Museum in the world

Welcome to the Mauritshuis... in a lifelike virtual environment! We are the first museum in the world to have been fully digitised in gigapixel format.

To enter our virtual museum, simply click on the image below, or download our Second Canvas Mauritshuis-app, available in AppStore or Google Play.

Een virtuele tour door de zalen van het Mauritshuis

This tour in gigapixel format makes the Mauritshuis accessible to everyone around the world. Wander through the rooms of the former city palace and explore the museum, right down to the smallest details. Let yourself be captivated by the paintings and discover details you have never seen before. 

Virtual Mauritshuis in Gigapixel - detail of Girl with a Peal Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Captivating stories behind 36 Masterpieces

By combining the Gigapixel tour together with our existing Second Canvas app, the wonderful stories behind our paintings are also revealed in this virtual environment.

No fewer than 36 of our masterpieces, including all the Vermeers, four Rembrandts, three Jan Steens, Fabritius’s Goldfinch and The Bull by Paulus Potter, are complemented with captivating storytelling features, including detail to detail storylines and audiotours.

Infrared images

A number of artworks also offer the option of switching between the photographic image and infrared images. This allows you to swap between the different images and discover the changes that the artist made during the painting process. In the underdrawing for The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man by Rubens and Brueghel, for example, two dogs are visible that do not appear in the final painting.

Virtual Mauritshuis in Gigapixel - detail of Rubens and Brueghel, Garden of Eden in Infrared
Virtual Mauritshuis in Gigapixel - detail of Van Haecht

Razor sharp images 

Paintings in gigapixel format are nothing new, but an entire museum digitised in gigapixel format is a world first. During the first lockdown of spring 2020, the images of the museum and its paintings were taken with 360-degree cameras. To create the high-quality, razor-sharp images, Madpixel took countless small images. Every centimetre, skirting board and wall hanging in the rooms was mapped by a digitisation robot, the Madpixel ROB.

This robot selected the resolution required for every artwork: the larger the painting, the higher the resolution needed to be to ensure the optimum millimetre-level ‘zoom experience’. The results of the 360-degree gigapixel photography means that online visitors can see the Mauritshuis collection in extremely high resolution. And discover the smallest details.

Website or App

The virtual museum can be visited on your desktop, by clicking the image above, or by downloading the Second Canvas Mauritshuis app, available in the AppStore or Google Play.

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