Historical Museum of The Hague

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Historical Museum of The Hague

Historical Museum of The Hague
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Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Historical Museum of The Hague is located in the historical heart of The Hague. The museum is housed in the former archery house of St. Sebastian's guild and dates from 1636. It is built on the spot of a gatehouse that was used by the civic guard. Since the late 18th century, after the dissolution of the civic guard guild the building has been used as a hotel, court house and museum. Since 1986 the Historical Museum of The Hague resides in the St. Sebastiaansdoelen. Nowadays, the Historical Museum of The Hague tells you the story of The Hague, about its government and inhabitants. Temporary exhibitions with a Hague twist are shown. Also, the Museum organises several events and activities.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Voorhout
How to get there
  • Den Haag Centraal • 9 min walk
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Bartek
Western Poland, Poland5 contributions
Not bad at all
Sep 2020
Honestly, I expected something more, so that's why I'm giving 3/5 here. Overall, it's a decent museum with beautiful paintings and exhibitions. However, the exhibition about WW2 didn't have an English translation so that was a big drawback for me.
Written 17 September 2020
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Walkabout Mike
The Hague, The Netherlands140 contributions
Dollhouses in the attic, interesting temporary exhibitions
Jan 2020 • Family
It's not a "must see" however if you're interested in the history & development of The Hague from prehistoric times till now then this small museum is worth a visit. The attic has several historical doll houses and there are interesting temporary exhibitions.
Written 14 January 2020
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tallpinesCO
Steamboat Springs, CO403 contributions
Informative for History Buffs
Dec 2019 • Couples
This smallish museum contains the usual historic paintings plus some more modern exhibits about the history of the city. It’s good for a brief visit for background, and serious students of history would be able to appreciate it more than the average tourist.
Written 2 December 2019
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TarjaR
Helsinki59 contributions
For history lovers
Nov 2019
A good introduction to the history of the Hague. Unfortunately some of the rooms upstairs were closed because they were building something new. But still, worth visiting
Written 9 November 2019
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,569 contributions
Charming museum
Oct 2019
Two floors, the ground floor and the third floor, of this building deal with the archeology and history of The Hague, while the second floor is currently devoted to a fascinating exhibition on the city during the Golden Age, the 17th century. We found it to be of great interest, though it may seem too specialized to people uninterested or little interested in history. But such people are unlikely to find their way into this building. I recommend it strongly.
Written 17 October 2019
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Jennifer T
Grand Junction, CO674 contributions
Not the top museum but if you have the time well worth a visit
Sep 2019
The museum covers the history of the development of The Hague city from 4000 B.C. until now. Of course at a high level and focusing on the most recent 400 years or so. The first room has a great video (no sound just text in Dutch and English) that shows how the city map build out from 4000 BC until current. Initially ~50% of The Hague was under water (part of the sea). Over a few thousand years the sand and peat most build up the land to make high ground on which today's city was built. The video covers that evolution nicely. Quite interesting. The rest of the museum talks mainly about the "government" evolution including for example the civil guard and the guilds. Much of the depiction is through quite good paintings. Each artifact has a good write-up in both Dutch and English.

The museum is housed in the former archery house of St. Sebastian's guild and dates from 1636. They have a small cafe and store as well as bathrooms. We spent about 2 hours enjoying this museum. The museum is right across the street from the Hofvijver and just 2 minutes from the Mauritshuis.
Written 14 September 2019
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JohnSt_2
The Hague, The Netherlands959 contributions
Selected history of the Hague
Aug 2019 • Solo
I went to see the exhibition 'Gloss, glory and misery. The Golden Age in The Hague'
The Hague was a rich town being the locus of the court, politics and diplomacy. I enjoyed some of the less well-known paintings that rich patrons have commissioned, the portraits - e.g. Amalia van Solms, and Spinoza or Huygens.
Ofcourse the poor did not have themselves painted as often as the rich. So it is mostly about the rich. I bought the interesting book 'Courtly Rivals' in de museumshop and had a free coffee in the basement.
Written 8 August 2019
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NJChisoxFan
Maplewood, NJ203 contributions
Big Surprise!
Jul 2019
This was the most pleasant surprise of the sites we visited in The Hague. This museum has some beautiful art and brings the history of the city alive.
Written 7 August 2019
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275Alan
The Hague, The Netherlands44 contributions
Worth a miss for non Dutch speaking visitors
May 2018 • Friends
I am sure that thisis interesting for Dutch speakers and having lived in The Hague for some time and grown to love this place, it would have interested me also. However, there is little language support for any non-Dutch speakers and the staff (unusually for The Netherlands) struggled to communicate. If you have a museum card and nothing better to do, then ok, but not worth paying an entrance fee.
Written 27 April 2019
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dmpSweden
Stockholm, Sweden21 contributions
Interesting to a degree but poorly organized
Feb 2019 • Solo
I had looked forward to the museum to find out more of the city I have spent a few days in already. I was slightly disappointed.

I asked at the ticket counter for the best viewing strategy but was unfortunately guided to the top to start which turned out to be the recent history of The Hague (post WW2). I suppose this would’ve been ok if the next floor hadn’t yanked me to the end of the 1500’s to early 1600’s as I expected the be guided more gently backwards in time. The rooms were not clearly marked and for ten minutes I was wandering around the end of the second story galleries before realizing I had begun in the wrong end.

The order of the exhibit was slightly illogical and seemingly meaningless parts were shown before parts that gave context to them. I frequently had to go back and forth to piece things together.

The last floor (ground) had a great digital animation of the area’s changes during thousands of years. But there was no information on WW1 and their exhibit of the WW2 Years was very small. I really hoped for more information on the last great war’s mark on the country and city.

Plus, I still don’t really know who the De Witt brothers really were. Glad there’s Wikipedia.

As a summary: worth a visit if you have time! But acquaint yourself with what is where and go with realistic expectations. I got tons of questions answered about mid 16th century to mid 17th century though.
Written 26 February 2019
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Historical Museum of The Hague is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00