Welcome to the Historical Museum of The Hague!

The Hague is a city of many faces: it is a centre of government, a Royal Residence, an international city of peace and justice but also the home of the Beatstad music festival, the ADO football team and the stork in The Hague town arms. The Historical Museum of The Hague faithfully reflects all these aspects in its exhibitions and permanent presentation.

The collection is highly diverse: a painted view of the city by Jan van Goyen, nearly five metres across, the superbly furnished doll’s houses by Lita de Ranitz, but also the tongue and finger of the De Witt brothers, curiously preserved. Paintings by artists both familiar and obscure like Jan van Ravesteyn, P.C. La Fargue and Jan Steen show what life was like in The Hague in days gone by. As you look out onto one of the Netherlands’ most famous stretches of water, the Hofvijver, the museum’s digital chronological map will show you how the city has developed over time.

A series of townscapes from different periods show how life was lived in olden times, revealing the city’s long history as the political and administrative centre of the Netherlands. And while the king lives here, The Hague is not a capital city. We will explain why. The wealthy and chic residents lived cheek by jowl with the ordinary townspeople.