Saturday – several activities including a guided tour of the Ridderzaal and the House of Representatives, and the rental of a 3D tablet.
Sunday – extra guided tour of the Ridderzaal, 45 mins. € 5.50.
Sign up at ProDemos, Hofweg 1, opposite the Binnenhof.
A small exhibition that includes images of the Prinsjesdag parade is free to visit in the cellar of the Ridderzaal.
Haags Historisch Museum
Korte Vijverberg 7
Historical Museum of The Hague: Saturday and Sunday at 14:00 there will be special themed guided tours (30 minutes) on the Stadhouders and the De Witt Brothers. The guided tours and lectures are included in the museum entry ticket. Entry to the museum is free for Museum Card holders.
Prison Gate Museum: Special guided tour and themed city walk on the ‘Sterfdag gebroeders De Witt’ (the day of death of the De Witt brothers) at 13:15 on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August. Reservation is recommended. € 10, free for Museum Card holders.
EXCLUSIVE LECTURES (in Dutch) & tips
Haags Historisch Museum and Museum Bredius
The historian Marcel Nonhebel of Vrienden van de Witt (friends of De Witt), will give a lecture entitled (in Dutch) ‘Waartoe de Acte van Seclusie? Nooit meer een Oranje als stadhouder aanstellen’ (what is the purpose of the Act of Seclusion? Never again appoint an Orange as Stadhouder) at 15:15 on Sunday 12 August in the Historical Museum of The Hague. If you have a Museum Card, the entry is free. For entry tickets see Haags Historisch Museum website. Reservation: email@example.com.
The Hague’s Baroque Orchestra, the New Dutch Academy, will give an exclusive lecture (in Dutch) at 15:00 on Saturday 11 August in the Bredius Museum. This is an 18thcentury mansion at Lange Vijverberg 14. Take a seat among Abraham Bredius’ private collection of paintings by Jan Steen and Rembrandt. Director Simon Murphy will deliver the lecture entitled ‘Den Haag, Internationale Muziekstad in de 18e eeuw’ (The Hague: international city of music in the 18thcentury). His lecture includes interesting information on Francesco Zappa, the lead cellist of Prince William V. Tickets for the lecture are € 6 and include entry to the museum. The Museum Card is not valid for this event. Reservations are recommended via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum Bredius is open to the public on Saturday 11 August from 11:00 to 15:00 and on Sunday 12 August from 11:00 to 17:00. Entry is € 6 and is free for Museum Card holders. Did you know that Abraham Bredius was the director of the Mauritshuis for 10 years?
Willem V was the last Stadhouder and was the father of King William I. He loved art more than he did ruling. He opened the first public museum in the Netherlands, the Prince William V Gallery, next to the Prison Gate. His collection forms the basic collection of the Mauritshuis.
TIP Experience the sites where these famous paintings in The Hague were painted with the Buitenmuseum (outdoor museum).
Gilde Den Haag
Historic guided walking tour of the city
Saturday and Sunday: walking tour through the old ‘Die Haghe’ at 12:45 and 14:45. Duration 1 hour. The city of The Hague grew from a village that belonged to the count’s castle on the Binnenhof. Register with the guide next to the Haringkar (herring stand) in front of the Binnenhof. Costs € 5 p.p., children aged 6-12 years € 2.50, max. 15 persons.
Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 and 15:30 carriage rides along the Hofvijver and Lange Vijverberg € 5.
Get on at different points e.g. Central Station, Kneuterdijk
Saturday and Sunday unlimited travel with a day pass in the 60 year old Haagse Tram between the City and Scheveningen. Day pass € 15, children aged 4 to 12 years € 5.
Sunday 12 August Sail like a prince from the city to the beach on the Koninginnegracht canal. Boat departs at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00, board at Central Station. Boat departs from the beach to the city at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00, board at the Haringkade (at the Vijzelstraat). Adults € 10, children aged 3 to 11 years € 6, and children aged 0 to 2 years free. The Willemsvaart canal boat company is named after King William I who had the Koninginnegracht canal dug.
Guided boat trip through the old canals of The Hague. It’s another view of the city! € 12 p.p., children up to 12 years € 8. Reserve on the website. Board at Bierkade 18B.
Startlocatie Paulus Potterhuis Dunne Bierkade 17.
A walking tour, ‘Ontmoet wereldberoemde schilders’ (meet world famous artists) will be held at 12:30 and 14:30 on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12. The Buitenmuseum – the outdoor museum – is an artistic part of the area around the Dunne Bierkade road. World famous artists lived and worked here. Their paintings hang in several museums including the Prince William V Gallery, the Mauritshuis and Haags Historisch Museum, the Historical Museum of The Hague. The one hour walk costs € 9 for adults and € 6 for children. Tickets must be reserved through 070 – 3220487. PS: Meet a former resident of the area on Sunday 12 August.
One of the leading scientists of the 17thcentury, Christiaan Huygens, will also be at the Hollands Historisch Festijn. His father, Constantijn Huygens, was a famous advisor to the House of Orange. Their country house, Hofwijck aan de Vliet in Voorburg, is open to the public. It was designed by Christiaan Huygens to depict the perfect shape of the body with the house as the head.
TIPS FOR THE HAGUE
Museon’s exhibition ‘Knights & Castles’ up to 2 September Historic Festival Scheveningen, Saturday 18 August Open Monuments Day, 8 and 9 September. Queen Anna Paulowna will hold a ‘meet and greet’ in ‘her’ Kneuterdijk Palace on the invitation of the Raad van State (Council of State) where it now has its seat PRINSJESFESTIVAL from 13 September to Prinsjesdag on 18 September, celebrating democracy Kinderrijk (in Dutch) – ‘Als ik de baas zou zijn’ (if I would rule) for children aged 6 to 12 years. On Thursday 25 October is ‘Leve de Rechtstaat’ (long live the rule of law) and on Friday 28 December is ‘Leve de Koning’ (long live the king). Aletta Jacobs in de klas (Aletta Jacobs in the classroom), celebrating 100 years of general suffrage. Educational performance for upper classes in primary schools in the The Hague region (in Dutch), see 100jaarkiesrecht.nl.