The Hague City Archives

The Hague City Archives (Haags Gemeentearchief) is housed in City Hall and is the documentation and information centre for the history of The Hague as recorded in documents, sound and visual media.

Reading room in the Hague Archives

The City Archives is part of a network throughout the Netherlands of hundreds of archive centres for various strata of government. Many municipalities, including The Hague, offer a special service for monitoring the workings of the various strata of government.

Here anyone can consult the archives free of charge, either for professional purposes, for study, or purely as a hobby. This extends to the other historical collections held in the City Archives, including:

  • a library which includes newspapers and magazines
  • a large collection of photographs, drawings, prints and maps which depict the city and its inhabitants through the centuries
  • private material from foundations and clubs in The Hague
  • a collection of film and sound material

Reading room

The Hague City Archives, the archives of Leidschendam-Voorburg and the collection of the Netherlands Music Institute have a joint reading room on the ground level of The Hague City Hall (Spui 70). Part of the reading room (Studiezaal) is for the consultation of digital collections and microfiches. The other part is for the consultation of original materials. Professional staff can assist you in your research.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00 hrs.
  • requests for original materials, photocopies and photo orders until 16.15 hrs.
The library of the Netherlands Music Institute is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon from 13.00 to 17.00 hrs.

Requesting materials

Requests to view original materials must be done from the reading room. You must be able to show a valid ID to do this.

Conservation and restoration

Altogether, these items occupy 14 kilometres of shelving. They are safely held in strong rooms which meet strict requirements regarding fire resistance and climate control. The City Archives has its own restoration studio in which the archives and collections are conserved and even restored.

Nearly 12,000 people visit the City Archives every year to carry out research into a wide range of topics (mostly connected with genealogical research). Photocopies are also available, although there is a charge for them.

Lectures and courses

In addition, the City Archives organises lectures and courses, assists with the preparation of publications and organises exhibitions on various aspects of the history of The Hague, using materials drawn from its own resources and in cooperation with external partners in the city.

Each year in April the City Archives organises the History of The Hague Day to celebrate the history of the city with all of its residents, including internationals.

The City Archives is also responsible for De Galerij in the tram tunnel. De Galerij (The Gallery) is located in the Spui station, under the Spui / Grote Marktstraat intersection. A new exhibition is mounted here 4 times a year.

The Hague City Archives

The Hague City Hall
Spui 70
2511 BT The Hague
Telephone: (070) 353 70 42 or (070) 353 70 13
Website: (in Dutch)

The Hague City Archives

    Published: 5 April 2019Modified: 9 July 2020