Temporary exhibitions

Faces from the Dutch Golden Age. Portraits by Jan van Ravesteyn

26 November 2016 to 9 April 2017

This winter, the Historical Museum of The Hague is putting the spotlight on one of the city's own 17th-century portrait painters: Jan Antonisz. van Ravesteyn (ca 1572–1657). Van Ravesteyn was one of the most sought-after Golden-Age portrait painters in The Hague. Contemporaries, such as the renowned court painter Anthony van Dyck, spoke highly of his talent. He was commissioned for many notable works by the Royal Family of Orange, the city government of The Hague and the civic guard, among others. From 26 November, you can come and learn about this exceptional painter and his portraits in the Historical Museum of The Hague – in the very place where he himself served as a civic guard more than 350 years ago.

Poor and Rich / Rich and Poor

29 April to 3 September 2017

In the image people have of the history of The Hague, the gulf between rich and poor, between the upper and lower classes, plays an important role. This is reflected in the typical terms ‘Sand and Peat’ and ‘Hagenaar and Hagenees’.

Who were the rich and poor in our city, and how did they live? How great was the disparity in income, and what differences were there in housing, diet, clothing and leisure activities? How did people view poverty and class distinctions? What was done to combat poverty? And what is the situation now, in the 21st century?

The answers to these and other questions can be found in the exhibition Poor and Rich / Rich and Poor. It tells the story of the poor people and the rich elite in The Hague and lets you peek into both worlds. Its focus lies on the 19th century, with glimpses of earlier and later times.