Temporary exhibitions

Never Built The Hague

Extended till 28 June

The nineteenth-century Palace of the States General on the Binnenhof, high rise estates in the Schilderswijk, a world capital in the dunes and the Gothic palace of King Willem II at Zorgvliet. All of these buildings that you will not encounter in The Hague. They were never built.

In Never Built The Hague the focus is on the plans that have remained unfulfilled: from designs for iconic buildings such as the Peace Palace, the town hall and the parliament to ambitious city expansions. From practical solutions to utopian vistas. What were the ideas behind these plans? And why were they not implemented?

Beautiful design drawings and models by architects H.P. Berlage, W.M. Dudok and Rem Koolhaas show how spectacularly different the city could have looked. Visit our Virtual Reality area to dive into the never-built World Capital of Internationalism. Look at The Hague with different eyes.

How spectacularly different could The Hague have looked?

Desire for Freedom and Peace
Eyewitnesses of 1940 – 1945

18 July 2020 - 17 January 2021

Queen Wilhelmina, George Maduro, Anton Mussert and Erik Hazelhoff Roelfsema have become known for the role they played in the Second World War. In the exhibition Desire for Freedom and Peace, less well-known eye witnesses of the war also speak. Like the Jewish girl Edith van Hessen, who kept a diary just like Anne Frank. And Reinder Zwolsman, active in the black trade but also in the resistance.

What does war do to people? This question is central to the exhibition. Eyewitnesses talk about the frightening May days of 1940, the German administration, the raids, the persecution of the Jews, the Atlantic Wall, the bombing and the Hunger Winter. How were these people doing and what can we learn from them? These unique stories - with photos, film and objects - make the exhibition an impressive experience.

A special part is the donation that the museum recently received: the uniform of George Maduro. This uniform is included in the Canon of the Netherlands.