This one’s for you if you don’t like crowds and sensory overload, which is what coastal resort Scheveningen does best during peak season. Nestled in the dunes, just off the boulevard and away from the hustle is a museum with class. Despite visiting a few times in the past, I really rediscovered and properly appreciate this spot now. As I step inside I feel a calmness and enjoy the light, open space. Then I roam the museum exhibitions and step outside again onto the roof for more sculptures. These ones come with a fantastic view of the beach, the sea and the horizon.
Beelden Aan Zee is the only Dutch museum which specialises in exhibiting sculpture. But don’t be deterred if you think sculpture is not your thing. The exhibitions are presented beautifully. The staff (including 170 volunteers!) are personable and knowledgeable. And in my humble opinion, the museum building is worth the visit alone. Designed by Dutch architect Wim Quist, surprises you once you step inside into a very open and easy to navigate space, with doors pushed wide open to incorporate courtyards as exhibition spaces.
Beelden Aan Zee also exhibits in the public space in front of the museum and on the boulevard where 23 groups of sculptures based on fairytales draw the attention of both young and old. This is all free to enjoy at any time but you could enjoy the zen in the museum cafe and their coffee and cake deal (appelgebak or haags hopje).