Museum Beelden aan Zee
A silent sensation
Published: 10 February 2011 Modified: 10 February 2011
Like a pearl in the sand, Museum Beelden aan Zee (Sculptures by the Sea) lies concealed in the dunes of Scheveningen, one of the busiest tourist centres in the Netherlands.
'Light of the Moon' by Igor Mitoraj
It is built around the old Pavilion ‘de Witte’ (1826), just 200 metres from the Kurhaus on the Boulevard in Scheveningen. An oasis of tranquillity with sculptures of man, large and small, made of bronze and stone, tender, harsh, sad and cheerful. Sculptures of contemporary man with his experiences and moods.
The building by the famous Dutch architect Wim Quist is at its best in this museum, with its surprising variety in size, light, shape and level. In large and small halls, on patios and terraces, the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Scholten-Miltenburg has found a unique haven by the sea. An impressive bronze monument of the Royal family has a permanent place on one of the patios. From the intimacy of the museum one has a surprising view of sea and clouds: a silent sensation.
In addition to the museum's own collection there are regular special exhibitions of contemporary sculptors.
'Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea' by American sculptor Tom Otterness is a permanent outdoor public art project normally located in front of the museum on the Scheveningen Boulevard. The pieces are being kept in storage while the boulevard undergoes a major transformation. The works should be replaced in their usual spot once the renovation project has been completed in 2012.
Since 2004 Museum Beelden aan Zee has housed the Sculpture Institute, a research institute specialising in the field of international modern and contemporary sculpture which manages the library, documentation and the archival collections. The institute is accessible through the entrance of the museum.
- cloakroom (unguarded)
- museum shop
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Taking pictures is allowed.
The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and there is a lift. The museum also has a wheelchair which can be borrowed.
Address & contact
Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs.
Closed on 1 January and 25 December
'Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea' by Tom Otterness
Due to road construction the Fairytale Sculptures can not be visited. At the end of the year 2011 they will be placed on the boulevard again.