Highlights in Perspective

From Act of Abjuration to Abdication 

The National Archives is exhibiting fifteen documents from its own collection which represent a special piece of history: from the separation treaty of the Netherlands and Belgium to the Constitutional Reform of 1848, and from Suriname’s declaration of independence to the abdication of Queen Beatrix. All highlights from the National Archives of the Netherlands, each of which marks a key historical moment. Additional documents and artefacts are also on display to contextualize these important documents.

The National Archives is aware that a collection formed along these lines offers only one perspective. This raises the question whether these documents hold the same significance for everyone and what their meaning is within today’s society. The exhibition addresses these considerations.

Visitor information

Opening times

  • Tuesday 10.00 - 21.00
  • Wednesday to Friday 10.00 - 17.00
  • Saturday and Sunday 11.00 - 17.00

We are closed on 25 December 2019 and 1 January 2020


  • Adults € 5,-
  • 65+/students/CJP/uitpas € 3,-
  • Children 12 to 18 years € 3,-
  • Children younger than 12 years free
  • ICOM, Museumcard and Friends free

Guided tours

English guided tours are € 70,- for a group of max. 15 persons (entrance to exhibition included).

To book a tour, please contact us at least two weeks ahead on events@nationaalarchief.nl

or +31-70-3315400.

Visitor address

Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 20
2595 BE The Hague

The Nationaal Archief is situated next to The Hague Central Station.

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