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The Quack House

By Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser
1904
Varied Building style
The Hague
Elandstraat 12
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Come and visit one of the first terraced houses in the Netherlands! It may sound like nothing special, but Quack House is an exception.

It has been extended, modified, rebuilt on numerous occasions. Architect Jan De Quack bought the property in 1902 and extensively renovated it. He had to be creative with his funds and the space available. He set to work immediately, searching for ways of perfecting the finishing touches of his work. And did this in combination with his unconventional vision as an architect and being a man of means. The result was an unusual staircase tower at the rear of the house, a dumb waiter, a living room decorated with gold leaf and beautiful wooden and marbled features.

If you'd like to come and admire this piece of architecture, then you can borrow the key and explore it by yourself! You can open all the doors and cupboards, sit down in the living room and wait until the staff come and bring you a cup of tea or coffee.

Coördinator Museumhuis Van Meerten and De Quack

Marije Strating

Marije Strating -  Coördinator Museumhuis Van Meerten and De Quack

The washbasin shines yet again!

Colour research has been carried out in the Quack House to discover what the original colour palette was in Jan de Quack's time. During such an operation, various colour tests are carried out layer by layer, each colour revealed in turn, and the type of paint used over the years becomes visible.

This specialised operation carried out in the Quack House revealed stunning marble details, especially the panelling in the hall, the corridors and the staircase. These marble features were re-instated during the restoration.

The washbasin Museumhuis De Quack, before
The washbasin Museumhuis De Quack, after

The Kitchen

Interesting to know: there is a dumb waiter between the first floor and the kitchen, which is still in working order today! A bell would ring to signal that a meal was being loaded onto the lift and was then hoisted up into the dining room. You can see the dumb waiter in the back right-hand corner of the photo.

The Kitchen Huis De Quack, before
The Kitchen Huis De Quack, after

The Living Room

The colour examination revealed the original colours used on the woodwork on the doors, skirting boards, and window frames. And also the colour of the ceiling. Traces of the intricate gilding were apparent too. As you can see from the photos, both the colour palette and the gilding work have been restored.

The Living Room Huis De Quack, before
The Living Room Huis De Quack, after

The Staircase Tower

The Quack House in the Zeeheldenkwartier in The Hague was built in 1878 and rigorously renovated and rebuilt in 1904 by the architect Jan de Quack.

At the front of the house, he designed a unique-looking bay window to the first floor. Above it, on the second floor, he added french windows and a balcony.

At the rear of the building, he built a staircase tower to connect all the stories. From the first floor, he added an outside staircase to give direct access to the garden. The family was then able to climb down the stairs and into the garden - without going through the servants' quarters.

The Staircase Tower, before
The Staircase Tower, after

The Staircase Tower

The Quack House in the Zeeheldenkwartier in The Hague was built in 1878 and rigorously renovated and rebuilt in 1904 by the architect Jan de Quack.

At the front of the house, he designed a unique-looking bay window to the first floor. Above it, on the second floor, he added french windows and a balcony.

At the rear of the building, he built a staircase tower to connect all the stories. From the first floor, he added an outside staircase to give direct access to the garden. The family was then able to climb down the stairs and into the garden - without going through the servants' quarters.

The Staircase Tower, before
The Staircase Tower, after
"What I think is so special about this house is all the decorative opulence we have discovered. The two washbasins also really unique, something you wouldn't expect to find in a house of this kind".
Frank Stoffels
Senior medewerker Onderhoud
imitating marble on the stairs
Gold leaf and Marble detailing

We found gold!

During the restoration, we commissioned an examination to discover the original colours that were used on the doors, woodwork and ceilings. We also unveiled traces of the magnificent gilding and the wooden-marble design features. We are really pleased that we have been able to bring these back to life.

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During opening hours, if you have any questions about the Museumhuis, please call 020 5210630.

Entrance fees

Adults €6,-
Visitors aged 12 – 26 years €5
Visitors aged under 12 Free

Free entrance for:
• Huisgenoten
• BankGiro Loterij VIP-KAARThouders (alleen in 2021: 1 VIP-KAART = gratis entree voor 2 personen)

Practical information

For the Museumhuis we use entry time slots. Select a day and a time and we will guarantee you will not stand in front of a closed door! We also make sure that it is not too busy, and you have all the time you need to take a good look around. Reserve your time slot by clicking on the ‘ticket’ button.

We regret that Museumhuis De Quack is not accessible for visitors in a wheelchair.
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Come and stay the night!

You can also book Quack Museumhuis as a holiday house. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity! Imagine having this house to yourself and spending one or more nights together with your friends or family.

I will stay the night.
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