International Friends of the Mauritshuis

For more than 30 years indispensable

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Welcome International Friends!

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 the realisation of our exhibitions. We organise many lectures, excursions, openings and other activities as an expression of our gratitude.

Becoming an International Friend

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.

Joining the Mauritshuis as an International Friend offers the chance to become a member of an international culture-loving community of English speakers in The Hague and beyond. You will enjoy many benefits, as well as being a member of an active group of people with a shared enthusiasm for art. The Mauritshuis organises special events for its International Friends in English.

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Activities International Friends

Special trips, interesting lectures, in-depth guided tours and a wonderful range of educational activities - the Mauritshuis organises a lively international programme specially created for our International Friends group.

Information on future event will follow soon.

History of the Friends Foundation

The Johan Maurits van Nassau Foundation was established in 1957. The aim of this foundation was to support the museum in expanding the collection and realising exhibitions and publications. The foundation also acquired paintings and presented them to the museum on permanent loan.

In 1982, a second foundation was established with the aim of active fund raising: the Foundation Friends of the Mauritshuis. The two foundations merged in 1986, and a major campaign was held to recruit volunteers, friends and donors. One of the primary objectives was still to support the museum in the purchase of paintings.

The volunteer organisation was founded in 1987. This organisation performed (and continues to provide) a wide range of services. This includes offering tours, and staffing the shop and information desk. The money generated by those activities are for the benefit of the foundation. The Mauritshuis volunteer organisation is one of the oldest in Dutch museums and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.

In 2014, we expanded the ‘friend’ levels with 'De Companen'. We also set up an international group of friends with an English-language program. This was done to accommodate the wishes of the large international community in The Hague that wished to become more involved in the Mauritshuis.


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