Temporary exhibitions

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.

Corona Collection The Hague

3 December 2020

When the coronavirus strikes the Netherlands in March of 2020, The Hague changes: supermarket shelves and streets are empty, museums, theatres, gyms and restaurants close their doors. Public life comes to a halt; The Hague is in lockdown.

To record this exceptional experience and its impact on the city for future generations, The Historical Museum of The Hague started the Corona Collection (page is in Dutch). With assistance from hundreds of city residents, volunteers and photographers, a large number of objects, diaries and photos were collected.

In this presentation, you will see the consequences of the first lockdown and the impact of this time on the city and its residents. The objects, photos, videos and diaries show the uncertainty, fear and sadness, but also the togetherness, creativity and (at times dark) humour that accompanied this experience.

In addition to the personal submissions and diaries of city residents, a selection of photos taken by documentary photographer Sandra Uittenbogaart are also exhibited. This series of photos is the result of a collaboration between The Hague Municipal Archives and The Historical Museum of The Hague. The complete series is also be viewed via the digital data base of The Hague Municipal Archives.

A special feature is the ‘In times of corona’ photo project by Johan Nieuwenhuize, which links photos by the artist with other recent corona-related photos.

The presentation Corona Collection,The Hague in lockdown is produced in collaboration with The Hague Municipal Archives and Stroom Den Haag.