Support the Mauritshuis

Friends, donations and more

Vermeer View Of Delft

Thanks to the support of private individuals, we can continue to share the best of 17th century Dutch painting; now and in the future. The Mauritshuis has counted on the support of our Friends for many years. Thanks, in part, to our Friends, we have been able to acquire important works and hold extraordinary exhibitions.

You can support us by becoming a Friend, by donating, or by making a one-time deposit. Our big thanks in advance!

Jubilee gift from our Friends

Because the museum celebrated is 200th birthday in 2022, the Friends of the Mauritshuis gifted us a unique present. 

On 2 February 2023, with the support of the Friends, we added a new work of art to the collection of the Mauritshuis. Glass artist Bibi Smit designed an intricate and colourful light artwork, inspired by the many flower still lifes of our museum. 

The artwork 'Whirl of life' is nearly 6 meters high, in the form of a spiral and consists of 233 coloured glass elements. You can find it in the atrium, just before you go up to our exhibition room. 

Bibi Smit Lichtkunstwerk Werveling In Mauritshuis 1200

Friends of the Mauritshuis

Friends are indispensable to the Mauritshuis. For more than 30 years, the Friends of the Mauritshuis have supported us with contributions for purchases and exhibitions.

The support of our Friends has enabled us to add important works to our collection. Our Friends also contribute to making exhibitions possible. We organise many lectures, excursions, openings and other activities as an expression of our gratitude.

For the large international community in The Hague and beyond that wished to become more involved in the Mauritshuis we set up an international group of friends with an English-language program: The International Friends.


Jacob Van Hulsdonck Rozen In Een Glazen Vaas MH1214 Mauritshuis
Bibi Smit, glass elements, 2022

Granting and bequeathing

It seems obvious that the Mauritshuis collection will always be preserved. Art is however always vulnerable. This most certainly applies to our works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens and the other great masters of 17th-century painting. Help us keep our collection in top condition.

Every donation, however large or small, is therefore extremely welcome. There are countless ways to spend a gift appropriately. There are also attractive tax benefits that we would be happy to provide more information about.

Ruysdael Met Bezoekers In Mauritshuis Den Haag 1200

Become a volunteer

Volunteers are extremely important to the Mauritshuis. Our volunteers form part of a large team of people who make your visit to the Mauritshuis an extraordinary experience. Would you like to become a volunteer? Please let us know.

What do volunteers do?

You will find our volunteers at the information desk, among other places, where they answer our visitors’ questions with enthusiasm and personal attention.

The museum shop is also staffed by our volunteers. Thanks to their indispensable contribution, the proceeds from the shop can be used to support the Mauritshuis; including in the organisation of exhibitions and important purchases for the collection.

In short, the volunteer tradition has become an integral part of the Mauritshuis.

Would you like to become a volunteer?

Our volunteers form part of the Foundation Friends of the Mauritshuis. You can register by sending an email to:

Foundation Friends of the Mauritshuis

Jan Davidsz De Heem Vaas Met Bloemen MH1099 Mauritshuis
Jan Davidsz de Heem, Vase of Flowers, c. 1670


The Mauritshuis is a public benefit institution (ANBI). This offers you as a private individual several possibilities to deduct gifts to the Mauritshuis from your income tax. The Mauritshuis is not required to pay inheritance tax on donations. Furthermore, the Mauritshuis is a cultural institution, which means that a donation based on the Donation Law provides extra tax advantages.


Bedrijfsuitje In Mauritshuis Den Haag 1200


There are many ways to support the Mauritshuis and our activities. Would you like to find out which of these match your wishes and options?

Please let us know:

Catharina Duschka
+31(0)70 302 3445