Things to do in The Hague this summer

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The Mauritshuis is back!

Lovers of the Dutch masters rejoice: the Mauritshuis in The Hague will reopen its doors on June 27 following a two-year renovation.

The return of the museum, which boasts one of the world's most important collections of Dutch masters in the intimate setting of a 17th century house, is hotly anticipated by art aficionados across the world.

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The Girl with a Pearl Earring and much more

The bijou museum will welcome back its most famous residents - Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, Carel Fabritius' The Goldfinch and Rembrandt's self portrait - as well as some newcomers, launching with an 800-piece strong collection of predominantly Golden Age art works.

Most of these old favourites will return to the original Dutch classicist building, built for Count Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen while he served as governor of the Dutch colony in Brazil from 1636 to 1644. The house first opened as a museum in 1822 and is itself the focus of the opening exhibition.

However, much of the collection will be found in the new Royal Dutch Shell Wing: a separate building located adjacent to the Mauritshuis and linked to it by an underground foyer. The new wing doubles the museum's floor space, enabling visitors to enjoy more exhibitions, a chic café and shop and an interactive education centre.

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Combine with Parkpop!

Combine art and music by attending the opening of the Mauritshuis and the Parkpop festival (29 June), a free music event held in the Zuiderpark each year since 1981.

Kick back on the grass and enjoy diverse music from Dutch and international bands on two separate stages as well as food stalls and the informal Parkpop market, where you can pick up unusual pop memorabilia.

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North Sea Regatta and the world's biggest Eurasian festival

Fortunately, the reopening of the Mauritshuis is not the only reason to visit The Hague in June.

The historic city is currently hosting the world’s biggest Eurasian festival, the Tong Tong Fair, and the Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta (both run through to June 9).

The former is a cultural and culinary festival with music, dance and photography exhibitions, workshops, cookery demonstrations and food stalls, while the latter sees Scheveningen welcome some 2,500 sailors to compete in a series of offshore and inshore races accompanied by live shows, music and parties.