Temporary exhibitions

Johan van Oldenbarnevelt. Man, might and murder

1 December 2018 - 14 April 2019

In 2019, it is exactly four hundred years since Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1547-1619) was beheaded at the Binnenhof, the houses of parliament. He still counts among the greatest statesmen in Dutch history, the builder and founder of the Dutch state. For the first time The Hague dedicates an exhibition to the man, his reputation and role as political leader during the Dutch War of Independence. The Historical Museum of The Hague reveals the dilemmas that challenged this historically important statesman. Themes that still appeal to the imagination, and are more relevant than ever in our society.

To this day the trial and execution of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt continues to fascinate us. From mid-February to mid-May 2019 the Prison Gate Museum will be hosting a special themed presentation on this. In May 2019 the baton will be passed to Museum Flehite in Amersfoort, which is also organising an exhibition on Van Oldenbarnevelt, who was born in this city.

Gloss, glory and misery
The Golden Age in The Hague

28 April - 8 September, 2019

In the Golden Age of the Netherlands, The Hague was the national centre of power and politics. Moreover, The Hague was home to the House of Orange, who enjoyed a dominant position as Stadtholders. Around the Binnenhof, the world’s oldest surviving centre of government, palatial mansions were built to house diplomats and the wealthy elite. Their presence stimulated the production of luxury goods and ambitious architectural projects. But what was the situation with regard to poverty, child mortality, trade in products from the colonies, and slavery? In the exhibition Gloss, glory and misery, the Golden Age in The Hague, the Historical Museum of The Hague takes a closer look at society during this period and explores the difference between the image we have of this time, and everyday reality.