Den Haag


Korte Vijverberg 7

2513 AB
Phone: +31 070 3646940
Fax: +31 070 3646942
Website: http://www.haagshistorisc

Haags Historisch Museum

The historical museum of The Hague, the Haags Historisch Museum, is located in the ancient heart of The Hague. The museum is housed in the former archery house of St. Sebastian’s guild and dates from 1636. It is built on the spot of a gatehouse that was used by the civic guard. Parts of its cross-vaulted basement have been incorporated in the new archery house and can still be seen today. The civic guard of St. Sebastian used their quarters for parties and meetings. Immediately behind the building, alongside the Hofvijver, their shooting ranges were situated.

Since the late 18th century, after the dissolution of the civic guard guild the building has been used as a hotel, court house and museum. Since 1986 the Haags Historisch Museum resides in the St. Sebastiaansdoelen. Because the monumental building was never meant to house a museum, several adjustments have been made. At this moment the building is adapted to the latest demands regarding climate and safety in museums.

Permanent Collection

Rijksmuseum aan de Hofvijver Highlights of Dutch history

The historical museum of The Hague (Haags Historisch Museum) is until 2008 the Rijksmuseum aan de Hofvijver.

The most important pieces in the collection of the Department of Dutch History of the Rijksmuseum are on display in an exhibition designed to highlight the principal events in the history of the Netherlands.

The exhibition covers the period from the Eighty Years’ War to the 20th century. Dutch history is brought to life by a wealth of interesting objects, including Van Oldenbarnevelt’s walking stick, treasures from the Silver Fleet, the first Dutch kilogram and Willem Drees’s desk.


Link to dutch page

27 February till 7 January 2008
Captivating! Seven centuries Gevangenpoort
On 26 February 2007 the Gevangenpoort museum had its 125th anniversary. This anniversary and the important restoration which the bldg. undergoes at present have been the occasion for the historical museum in The Hague to dedicate a captivating exhibition to this icon of The Hague.


Under 18 years gratis
Adults € 4,-
With museums card gratis
CJP,CKV € 3,-
Groups from 10 persons € 3,50 per person

Opening hours

Tuesday – Friday 10.00-17.00 hrs
Saturday & Sunday 12.00-17.00 hrs
On national holidays the museum is open from 12.00 to 17.00 hrs.
On December 31 the museum closes at 16.00 hrs.
The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Prinsjesdag (the opening of the parliamentary year) and Christmas Day.

Getting there

Parking Plein or Malieveld. 10 minutes walking from The Hague Central Station


Accessible for wheelchairs



Museum internal and external photos (2)

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Educational activities (in dutch)


The historical museum in The Hague organises guided tours for all exhibitions.
For further information on guided tours and cost please contact Hettie Slot.
Phone. +31 (0) 70 3123062 (till 14.00).


Many activities for children (in dutch)


Information about the friend of the museum (in dutch)

Venue hire

An exclusive venue for all your events (in dutch)
For further information please call
Phone +31 (0) 70, 312 30 62 (on working days before 14.00)