Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ghost Zoo--Hague, Netherlands

The Hague once had its own zoo. ‘Beestachtig Den Haag’, a historical exhibition on The Hague Zoo, will be held in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall from 26 February to 8 May 2011.

The Hague Zoo, which was located where the Provinciehuis now stands, stirs up lots of memories among residents of The Hague. The zoo was a part of the city for more than 100 years from 1863 to 1968.

Many people paid a visit to the zoo to look at the animals and enjoy various activities like musical performances and spring fairs. The zoo had an elephant house and a bear pit as well as botanical gardens and a playground. Much of the it was destroyed by the German occupation forces during the Second World War.

‘Beestachtig Den Haag’

The exhibition focuses on the animals which could be found in The Hague Zoo as evidenced by the title ‘Beestachtig Den Haag’ (Beastly The Hague). The Hague Municipal Archives decided to organise this exhibition following the acquisition of a watercolour by H.M. Horrix depicting a ride on an elephant in The Hague Zoo. The painting will be accompanied by other objects including photos, posters, film images and a map of the zoo, all belonging to the collection of the Municipal Archives.

A special highlight is the replica of a lion cage which was created together with the National Museum of Natural History Naturalis in Leiden.

Opening hours for the Atrium

The exhibition can be visited free of charge in The Hague Information Centre in the Atrium of City Hall from 26 February to 8 May.

The Atrium of The Hague City Hall at Spui 70 in The Hague is open Monday to Friday from 7.00 till 19.00 hrs and Thursday until 21.30 hrs. On Saturday the Atrium is open from 9.30 till 17.00 hrs and it is closed on Sunday.

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