VR_Meer is a virtual reality trip into the historic painting ‘The Music Lesson‘ by Johannes Vermeer, featuring two fully refurbished English red phone boxes.

Via the virtual reality installation VR_MEER, visitors can make a trip to the famous painting and discover the various stories displayed in the painting. To make for a trip, three original English telephone booths were placed on the outside of the Mauritshuis, which were converted into single-person VR cinemas from September 29, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Make a virtual trip to ‘The Music Lesson’ in an English red phone box

The British royal family owns one of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world. The collection was brought together over many centuries by successive monarchs. The paintings normally hang behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace and other royal residences. The Mauritshuis has the great privilege of showing twenty-two of them for the duration of this exhibition.

The highlight of the exhibition is the Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (‘The Music Lesson‘) by Johannes Vermeer. ‘The Music Lesson’ is one of 36 surviving and very rare pieces by Johannes Vermeer. This painting dates from 1660-1662 and shows a lady and a gentleman beside a virginal. Above the instrument hangs a mirror, in which we see the reflection of the foot of Vermeer’s easel.

Step into one of the three British red phone boxes in the courtyard of The Mauritshuis and make a virtual trip to ‘The Music Lesson’. Inside this virtual reality experience visitors dive deep into the famous painting and discover all the different symbolic meanings that Vermeer put into the painting.

VR_Meer is one of the many interactive installations made by DROPSTUFF MEDIA

Virtual Reality phone box experience


Commissioned by:
the Mauritshuis, The Hague

Concept and production:

VR programming:
The Virtual Dutch Men

In the context of the exhibition ‘Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection’, Mauritshuis presents the VR Experience ‘VR_MEER’ in which you make a virtual trip to the painting ‘De Muziekles’.