Louis Couperus Museum The Hague

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Louis Couperus Museum – One of the greatest

Louis Couperus is no doubt one of the greatest Dutch novelists ever. As a student I was absolutely taken away by his debut roman Eline Vere. I also loved his later work Het zwevende schaakbord. (In English: The floating chessboard.) At the border of The Hague city center, within the neighborhood of the house where he wrote his debut, you will find the small, lovable Louis Couperus museum.

Louis Couperus was born in The Hague in 1863. In 1891, he married his second cousin Elisabeth Baud. His wife and he enjoyed traveling a lot. They went to Spain, North Africa, the Dutch East Indies, Japan and even lived in France and Italy for a while. In 1923, at the age of 60, Louis Couperus died from pneumonia and blood poisoning. His oeuvre is impressive and contains among others psychological novels, fairy tales and travelogues.

The Louis Couperus museum actually consist of one room, but provides nevertheless very much information about the writer. Twice a year, the museum organizes a new exhibition around a theme within the work of Louis Couperus. At the back of the museum room you will find some personal belongings off the writer, like the desk he worked at, his desk lamp and a portrait of his father.

When you arrive at the doorstep of the museum, push the doorbell. A volunteer employee will open the front door and welcome you in.

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Details about this spot



Javastraat 17, The Hague

Telephone number


Opening Times

Fri - Sun 13:00 - 17:00


Entrance ticket: € 8


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)