The Christmas holidays start at the Mauritshuis!

Enjoy the children's activities during the Christmas holiday.

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The Christmas holidays start at the Mauritshuis! The atmosphere in the museum is magical. You’ll arrive to a warm welcome with an impressive Christmas tree and music. Enjoy a fun day out with the whole family. There are daily workshops and winter-themed read-aloud stories for both the youngest and older children. Maurits Mouse will be happy to show you his favourite paintings like the Girl with a Pearl Earring! Become a painting surgeon at the art workshop or go on an exploration quest through the museum yourself.

The museum is free to visit for everyone up to the age of 18. Some workshops only offer a limited number of places. Take a look at all our activities and book your tickets now!

Maurits Mouse and Rembrandt (4+)

Did you know that there is a mouse living in the Mauritshuis museum? His name is Maurits Mouse and he has lived an exciting adventure with the famous painter Rembrandt. During the programme, you will observe his favourite paintings, read the picture book Maurits Mouse & Rembrandt together, and even make your own painting.

  • Age: for children from 4 to 6 years old (accompaniment by an adult is required)
  • Time: 13:00
  • Duration: about 90 minutes
  • Language: Dutch/English
  • Date: Wednesday 5 January 2022 (the other Maurits Mouse workshops are in Dutch)
  • Price: €7.50 per person (children and adults) + valid museum entrance ticket. Children up to the age of 18 always have free access to the museum.
Maurits Muis Kinderworkshop Schilderijen Bekijken In Mauritshuis Den Haag 1200

Get to work as an art doctor (7+)

Do you know what an art doctor (conservator) does? You will find out during this workshop! They clean, study and repair art when it has become worn out. This is very important as the paintings in the Mauritshuis are often 400 years old and have been through a lot. Find out all about this in the special exhibition Facelifts & Makeovers!

Then pull on a white jacket and become an art doctor yourself. You will clean paintings, study them and of course you also get to work with paint. Are you a really careful conservator, or do you prefer to use your own imagination like a real artist?

  • Age: 7+
  • Time: 13.00
  • Duration: about 90 minutes
  • Language: Dutch/English
  • Date: Thursday 6 January 2022 (the other workshops are in Dutch)
  • Price: €7.50 per person (parents and children all buy their own ticket). Children aged 18 and under enjoy free admission to the museum, but will need to book an available time slot.
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Family tour: Smartphone photography (9+)

Together with a photographer, you will discover the most beautiful paintings of the Mauritshuis. View the paintings through the eyes of a photographer, while learning at the same time to take beautiful photos with your own phone. We will print out the most beautiful photo you take, which you can take home.

  • Time: 15:00
  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Language: Dutch
  • Age: for families with children from 9 years old
  • Price: €7.50 per person (children and adults) + valid museum entrance ticket. Children up to the age of 18 always have free access to the museum.
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Ongoing activities (without reservation)

During the Christmas holidays, there are many fun things to do in the museum every day. Take a picture with your family or friends, or take a completely different view on the paintings using the Slow Art Cards. For the little ones, stories are read aloud in the hall, or you can go exploring together with the free viewing and research assignments.

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Greetings from the household of... (all ages)

Take a picture with the whole family in the foyer of the Mauritshuis as a Jan Steen household. No advance booking is required.

  • Age: for all ages
  • Time: 11:30 – 15:30; on Mondays from 13:00 – 16:00
  • When: every day during the Christmas holidays
  • Where: in the Foyer
  • Price: free
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Reading in the Golden Room (4+)

Every day at 11:30, you can listen to a story in the Golden Room. About Ia the Christmas donkey or about Maurits Mouse, who is living an exciting adventure.

  • Age: 4+
  • Time: 11:30
  • Language: Dutch
  • When: every day except Monday during the Christmas holidays
  • Where: in the Golden Room
  • Price: free
Bezoekers In Het Mauritshuis Vader In Rolstoel Met Kind Op Schoot Voor De Stier Van Paulus Potter

Quests (4+)

Go and discover the most beautiful, exciting and funniest paintings in the museum with the free viewing and exploration assignments. Available at the service desk.

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Slow Art Cards (16+)

Experience the museum differently with these cards that help you observe a painting longer and look at it differently.

  • Age: from 16 years
  • When: every day during the Christmas holidays
  • Where: available free of charge at the counter in the foyer
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