Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you will find all sorts of questions regarding the museum, collection, Meetings & Events and the transition.

Museum

Sound and Vision The Hague is a modern museum according to the most modern definition. We show our collection to visitors, provide education, welcome scientific research at our location, and offer a diverse programme that is in line with the city of The Hague. Just like others museums, we also open our doors for meetings and events. The building has an open atmosphere which offers a wonderful setting for meetings and events. It provides a great setting for stimulating human interaction. As of 10 September 2020, our doors will also be open to anyone who wants a cup of coffee and a chat in our Lounge.

We actually never completely closed. Various groups, business meetings, events, symposiums and conferences were organised over the past month. These included a cabaret festival (Haagse Peperfestival), the Museum night and the start of our series Ode to Press Freedom. During the transition phase, adjustments will be made to the exhibits and presentations on display. This occurs in phases as of spring 2020, while previously-made adjustments are preserved as much as possible. In early 2020, we commenced with the phased introduction of a new programme and public activities. Various further changes were made as a result of Covid-19 measures. As of around 18 September 2020, the museum will be open to the general public again. For the latest information, please check the ‘opening hours‘ page.

The different museums will intensify their co-operation during the transition phase. We will decide what story we want to tell, where and with which collections. The collections of the former Museum for Communication, the former Press Museum (Persmuseum) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in The Hague, Sound and Vision in Hilversum and online will serve as a source for stories and the programmes. The collections all fall under the responsibility of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Image. If you have any questions about the collection, please email: collectie.denhaag@beeldengeluid.nl

Because of the transition and administrative takeover there is no reason to do this. If we decide to ‘deaccession’ or dispose of items, we will follow the procedure of the Dutch Museum Association (Nederlandse Museum Vereniging). For questions on the collection, please email: collectie.denhaag@beeldengeluid.nl

Due to the transition this is currently only possible on a limited scale. This will be fully possible later in 2020 when the adjusted museum floors will be ready.

Accessibility

Over the past months, the Lounge was redesigned. The new look is in line with the look and feel of the new media museum. We look forward to welcoming everyone again. For the latest information, please check the ‘opening hours‘ page.

Sound and Vision The Hague is a modern museum according to the most modern definition. We show our collection to visitors, provide education, welcome scientific research at our location, and offer a diverse programme that is in line with the city of The Hague.

All our programmes contribute to the mission. The series Ode to Press Freedom and Backlight (Tegenlicht) meetups are good examples of this. Together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we are working on a series for the Henriette van Lynden lectures. Other initiatives are also planned. These will be offered in a slightly adjusted form because of the Covid-19 measures. We are also preparing a programme on the opening of the exhibitions. To receive updates, subscribe to the newsletter.

The building continues to provide an appealing location for meetings and events. We are ‘more than a venue’. By working together with Sound and Vision Hilversum we can offer our customers an even larger (digital) collection and additional programme.

In 2017, overdue maintenance work was carried out on the building. This effort was aimed at creating an appealing location to display collection of the Museum for Communication in a modern and interactive context. The museum also invested in creating an appealing event location and providing a high-quality service. This is extremely appreciated by our business customers. Sound and Vision The Hague has tackled the transition and changes in the most sustainable way possible. The renovation mainly concerns the building’s layout and re-use of museum exhibits. The focus lies more on audiovisual media and less on displaying objects. In this way, the museum’s new mission is also integrated into the exhibitions.

Co-operation with Sound and Vision Hilversum

Both organisations were involved in the administrative takeover of the Museum for Communication. These two separate foundations have entered into a strategic partnership.

The collection of the former Museum for Communication contains valuable collections that supplement its current collections. Sound and Vision also wanted to have a physical location in the centre of Dutch democracy, the city of The Hague. With a dynamic city as a backdrop, Sound and Vision wants to reach a larger and more diverse audience through its programmes, education and museum exhibits. It also serves as a wonderful location for meetings & events, a cup of coffee and chat in our Lounge. The Lounge will be re-opened after the renovation.

No, certainly not. Sound and Vision The Hague is a new and extra location of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

It currently receives no subsidy. For the time being, Sound and Vision The Hague is an independent legal entity and responsible for its own financing. Where possible, we will work with ‘Hilversum’ to request funds and submit subsidy applications for joint projects, which other partners will sometimes also be a part of.

Yes, PostNL is still involved with our organisation. Over the past years, COMM has invested in maintaining a close relationship with the founding father. Sound and Vision The Hague will also continue these efforts.

Education

Yes, this is possible. The education departments are currently discussing what will be on offer in The Hague. The workshops in Hilversum and The Hague have already created synergy. In the near future, we will also develop new programmes, education etc. that fully dovetail with our new mission. In the long term, private groups will also be able to book workshops as part of a package. Examples include scouting and children’s parties.

Yes, you can. Sound and Vision The Hague will continue its co-operation with CultuurSchakel. Our services are explained in VONK and on the CultuurSchakel website.

For further questions, please contact us via: info.denhaag@beeldengeluid.nl