Temporary exhibitions

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.

African servants at Court in The Hague

21 September 2017 to 28 January 2018

In its exhibition African servants at Court in The Hague later this year, the Historical Museum of The Hague will showcase the lives of the black children Cupido and Sideron. Originally from Curaçao and Guinea, as boys in slavery they were presented to stadholder William V as a gift. They went on to spend much of their lives as well-paid servants at the Court in The Hague. Whereas exhibitions about court life generally omit references to servants with a non-European background, this exhibition specifically focuses on servants of African descent. By doing so, the Historical Museum of The Hague is highlighting an aspect of Dutch history that remains relatively unknown.

The world behind a dolls house. Willem Tholen, Lita de Ranitz and friends.

17 February to 10 June 2018

The world behind a dolls house. Willem Tholen, Lita de Ranitz and friends brings very different worlds together. Meet the married couple Willem Bastiaan Tholen (1860-1931) and Lita de Ranitz (1876 – 1960). He, the much-requested painter of city views and portraits. And she, a lively lady of aristocratic birth who, inspired by the interior decorating magazines of her time, created her own dream interior in her dolls house.