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Beelden aan Zee is a museum in the Hague, the Netherlands that houses contemporary art and is the only museum in the country to do so. The difference it has with other museums is it specializes in the exhibition of sculpture, of which, the outside sculptures are more intriguing and very unusual. Inside, you’ll find portraits and self-portraits; sculpture heads and figurines that will help you experience the flow of modern Western sculpture along a timeline. The museum showcases near to a thousand sculptures and several hundreds of medals. The museum holds works of a diverse range of sculptors; starting from Armando and Stephan Balkenhol to Iris Le Rütte, Per Kirkeby, Tony Cragg, Giacomo Manzú and Kiki Smith. Other noteworthy sculptures include the creations of Eveline van Duy Igor Mitoraj, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jan Meefout, Cornelis Zitman, and Shinkichi Tajiri.
Museum Beelden aan Zee: A crash course in modern Western sculpture
The Sculpture Instituut (Sculpture Institute, est. 2004) inside the museum has a library for researchers in the field of contemporary art, which is also accessible to the public. It remains open during the regular museum hours, so anything you want to know about art, drop in here.
There are also other attractions around the museum of particular significance, including the SEA LIFE Scheveningen and the restaurants and cafés on the beach and the boulevard.
Museum Beelden aan Zee hosts private events and parties, ranging from wedding ceremonies and receptions to dinners and corporate events, meetings and presentations in the halls and the terraces. From an intimate dinner in the Zeezaal to large receptions at the Grote Zaal and the patios, this location will never disappoint.
How to Get Tickets?
Buy your tickets on the spot for as less as 15 Euros. For private events and parties, talk to the management regarding the rates and venue availability. For group tours of 20 or fewer people, you need to pay an extra €75,0
How To Get Around?
Walking; on foot.
What Should I Wear?
There are no restrictions on dress codes that apply. However, if you are attending an event inside, appropriate dress codes will apply.
Best Time to Visit
The museum remains open from 10 AM till 5 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays are when the museum remains closed. However, visiting Hague is a pleasure at any time of the year with the best weather conditions commencing between April and October, with May being the most popular choice because it is when the flowers come full bloom and enhance the city’s natural beaut
Will I Need a Guide?
For cultural excursions, course and team-building days or just an everyday outing with your family or friends, you can avail a guided tour to understand the unique sculptures better. For current exhibitions, a group tour of 60 minutes led by a guide is always recommended. If there are more than 20 people, more than one tour leader is still better. They can speak Dutch, English, German and French fluently.
How To Get There?
Transit options to Den Haag, Beelden aan Zee, is the Citybus from Centraal Station, Scheveningen Noorderstrand, Duindorp, and Duinzigt. Transport to The Hague is possible by air through the international airports of Amsterdam (Schiphol) and Rotterdam-The Hague. The first one is accessible by car (takes approximately 30 minutes) and bus (about 45 minutes) while for the other, it is 20 minutes by car and approximately 45 minutes by public transport. If you are willing to travel by train, board one from Hollands Spoor Station that leaves for Amsterdam to avail a direct service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Additionally, there are public guided tours available every day at 1.30 PM for 45 minutes, charging €2,00 per person and offering complimentary coffee or tea. Furthermore, there are also provisions for the visually impaired, which are special guided tours at €7,50 per person, excluding admission price. The best thing is, you can also bring your guide if you want to save on these additional costs.