Welcome to the Mauritshuis… in a lifelike virtual environment! We are the first museum in the world to have been fully digitised in gigapixel format.
This tour in gigapixel format makes the Mauritshuis accessible to everyone around the world. It is an great tool to reach out to our existing friends all around the globe, who currently can’t visit us because of Covid-19. But more importantly, it is an amazing tool to connect with new audiences. We are fully aware that visiting our majestic city palace, surrounded by high fences with gold-plated arrows, might be an obstacle for audiences that don’t often visit a museum. By introducing this virtual environment on schools, nursing homes and community centres, we hope to reduce obstacles, increase accessibility and facilitate the interaction between people and our collection.
Captivating stories behind 36 Masterpieces
Wander through the rooms of the city palace, and explore the museum, right down to the smallest details. Let yourself be captivated by the artworks you see and discover details you might never have seen in real life.
By combining the Gigapixel Museum together with our existing Second Canvas app, the engaging stories behind our paintings are also revealed in this virtual environment. 36 of our masterpieces, including all the Vermeers, four Rembrandts, three Jan Steens, Fabritius’s Goldfinch and The Bull by Paulus Potter, are complemented with captivating storytelling features, including detail to detail storylines and audiotours.
A number of artworks also offer the option of switching between the photographic image and infrared images. This allows you to swap between the different images and discover the changes that the artist made during the painting process. In the underdrawing for “The Garden of Eden with the Fall of Man” by Rubens and Brueghel, for example, two dogs are visible that do not appear in the final painting.
Share stories together
Never visited the museum before? Gather together with your classmates, colleagues or friends and visit the Gigapixel Museum together with one of our tour guides. Join us on Zoom or Teams and discover what it is like to visit a museum. Share stories, memories, interact with each other to bring the objects to life.
An entire museum in Gigapixel museum
Paintings in gigapixel format are nothing new, but an entire museum digitised in gigapixel format is a world first. During the first lockdown of spring 2020, the images of the museum and its paintings were taken with 360-degree cameras. To create these high-quality, razor-sharp images, we have worked together with Madpixel, a Spanish company specialized in digital solutions for museums and institutions managing artistic and cultural heritage. Every centimetre, skirting board and wall hanging in the rooms was mapped by a digitisation robot, the Madpixel ROB.
This robot selected the resolution required for every artwork: the larger the painting, the higher the resolution needed to be to ensure the optimum millimetre-level ‘zoom experience’. The results of the 360-degree gigapixel photography means that online visitors can see the Mauritshuis collection in extremely high resolution. And discover the smallest details.
The virtual museum can be visited on your desktop, by clicking the image above, or by downloading the Second Canvas Mauritshuis app, available in the AppStore or Google Play. Or connect with us for a custom made guided tour.