At the Historical Museum of The Hague (Haags Historisch Museum), you can learn all about the city: originally a little pond in the dunes and home to the hunting lodge of Count Floris IV of Holland, The Hague is now a city of international standing. The museum features a wide-ranging collection: the panorama of The Hague by Jan van Goyen, measuring almost 5 m in width, Lita de Ranitz's beautifully furnished dolls' houses and such curiosities as the tongue and finger of the De Witt brothers. Famous and less familiar painters, including Jan van Ravesteyn, P.C. La Fargue and Jan Steen, depict life in The Hague in days gone by.
The museum is located in the Sint Sebastiaansdoelen, formerly the clubhouse of the St. Sebastiaan guild. The beautifully-decorated archery house (Schutterszaal) is a reminder of those times. Massive civic guard and magistrates portraits show the guild in its full glory.
Tues. – Fri.: 10.00 – 17.00
Sat. and Sun.: 12.00 – 17.00
Closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1 January