National Museum Week is the logical sequel to the popular Museum Weekend and takes place this year from 18 to 26 April, also in The Hague. Throughout the week more than 400 museums around the Netherlands will entice the public to come and take a peek inside.

National Museum Week
Our true gold

Where does our past come to life? Where do we keep our treasures? Where can we learn about who we are? Where can we regain a sense of ourselves? Where do we experience unexpected encounters? Where do we find our true gold?

In this quickly changing world museum are perhaps more important than ever. They are our spots for reflection and recognition, for wonderment, amazement and emotion. Museums connect us to the past, with the present, with the big story about who we actually are.

The Netherlands has many beautiful museum collections on history, visual arts, natural history, economics, science, technology and ethnology.

Special deals

The museums participating in the National Museum Week will be free or will offer a drastically reduced price. Many museums will offer special activities for adults and children.

The list of participating museums is subject to change.

The Hague
  • Children’s Book Museum
  • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
  • GEM, Museum for Contemporary Art
  • Historical Museum of The Hague
  • Humanity House
  • Louis Couperus Museum
  • Museon
  • Museum Beelden aan Zee
  • Museum for Communication
  • Museum Meermanno
  • Museum of Literature
  • National Archives
  • Prison Gate Museum
  • The Mesdag Collection
  • Museum Paul Tétar van Elven
  • Museum Prinsenhof Delft
  • TU Science Centre
  • Huygensmuseum Hofwijck
  • Museum Swaensteyn
  • Museum Rijswijk
  • Kasteel Duivenvoorde

A complete list of all the participating museums in the Netherlands can be found at

From, 17 April 2015


Saturday 18 April 2015 – 11.00-14.00 hrs

Church Hall of the Anglican Church of

St John & St Philip, Riouwstraat 2, Den Haag

 Refreshments available

Admission Free

 Huge variety of English, Dutch and other language books – fiction/non-fiction – art books – children’s books – much more – at bargain prices!

31 March 2015 (MM)


Dear Gransjean followers: Spring is coming!
Sunday 19th of April: BIG SPRING TASTING in the Carlton Ambassador Hotel. There are 50 spring/summer wines to try this afternoon and there is a possibility to dine afterwards with all the wines of this day.

10 March 2015



Once a month we organize a mantrasinging night. We call it songs of the soul. We sing in a group of people songs from all over the world. Everyone can join us, the songs are easy to sing. Purpose is connecting to one another and creating happiness by singing. We invite you to come and sing and play together on easy to play instruments. Improvising on second voice of other voices you like to sing: welcome. Absolutely not necessary to have any experience.

We are accompanied by Rik Fennis on the guitar.

What you need to take with you: a bottle of water

Location: De Zalen (previously Helicon), Riouwstraat 1, The Hague. Easy to reach with tram line 9, stop Koninginnegracht or line 1, stop Scheveningseweg (playground).  Parking is free in the neighbourhood after 18.00 o’clock.

From 20.00 to 21.30 hrs. You are welcome as of 19.45,  on 20.00 o’clock the door closes.

Participation fee:  
€ 10,- per time

Dates (every last Friday of the month):

24 April 2015

29 May 2015

26 June 2015

Holidays in July and August

19 January 2015 (DP)

The magnificent Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park reopens to the public on 25 April 2015. The garden is open daily from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs. until 7 June 2015. Admission is free.


Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy sailed off a number of times by ship to Japan and brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the pavilion, the little bridges and several plants.

The original design with the serene pond, meandering brook and the winding pathways has remained intact all these years.

The Municipality of The Hague has always taken great care of the Japanese Garden because of its uniqueness and tremendous historical value. The garden was placed on the list of national historical monuments in 2001. Due to its fragility, the garden can be visited only during a short period of the year.

Free information, a map of the garden and a walking route through the garden are available at the entrance to the garden. You can also request permission to take wedding photos in the Japanese Garden.

17 April 2015 ,


Mrs Vandana Sharma, Archipel resident,  has planned a new series of workshops on Indian cooking  at her home: on Saturdays from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. The cost is €40 per workshop. If you participate in 3 sessions, you will get 10% discount.

If you are interested, please call:  06 5588 3510 or email:  or visit the  website 

25 April

Punjabi cuisine

2 May – 23 May

Mei vakantie & Pinkster vakantie

30 May

Traditional Indian meal

6 June

Mughlai cuisine

13 June

Vegetarian meal

20 June

Punjabi cuisine

27 June

Vegetarian meal

4 July                    

Traditional Indian meal

11 July  – 29 August

Summer holidays

5 September

Resume cookery workshops

29 December 2014 (MM)


In the Kingsday journal, that has been distributed door to door,  is one page a summary in English of the festivities with which our neighbourhood will celebrate the King’s birthday.

The start is 11.00 am at Bankaplein, followed by a whole range of activities that will keep you and your family occupied until 9.00 pm. At 5.00 pm you are cordially invited to the expat happy hour at the expat meeting point (on the first soccerpitch on Riouwstraat). Buy the one and only Archipel Kingsday beermug and be served free beers for a full hour!

You can buy tickets for the BBQ and sign your children up for the fun activities on the upcoming Saturdays April 11, 18 and 25 on the corner Bankastraat/Sumatrastraat, in front of Cafe Banka and Albert Heijn.

13 April 2015 (MM)


* Until 10-05-2015: Exhibition ‘Witte Nachten’ (white nights)

* The Louis Couperus Museum would  welcome new volunteers to host exhibitions and special events. Please contact Jeannette van Bennekom, manager, tel. 06-41038588 or email to

 For more information see:

28 March 2015 (MM)