Museum Beelden aan zee (Statues at the Sea)
In 1994 the collector’s pair Theo Scholten and Lida Scholten-Miltenburg started Museum Beelden aan Zee. It focuses on modern and contemporary (inter)national sculptures. It is the only museum in The Netherlands that focuses on this type of art.
The museum is located close to the beach and has the shape of a shell. From the outside only the soft beige wall is visible, but once inside you can explore the nicely designed building from Wim Quist. In the multiple halls and terraces various exhibitions are show, about 12 a year. What makes the building even more unique is the view on the sea from the terrace. On the terrace, you will find the alternating collections from Armando, Stephan Balkenhol, Iris Le Rütte and many more.
The museum is located in an old school building from 1877. The building was renovated into a museum, where the history of the fishing village and seaside resort is displayed together with the fascinating animal kingdom under the sea.
They have a continuous exhibition with an overview of fishing and the daily life of the old days. Also, the history of the seaside resort from the 19th century will be shown.
In the sea hall, you will find yourself in the middle of the sea. They show you the sea life that can be found in the international waters.
Stichting Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen
The Hague was affected by the Second World War, because of its strategic location at the North Sea and with London and Germany nearby. The widely scattered bunkers in the city have been preserved during the reconstruction of the city.
The museum has three different locations in the city. The primary location is in Scheveningen. This museum is an authentically furnished command bunker. It gives visitors an unique experience of a tangible past. It also exhibits historical object of German, British, Canadian and American forces.
The second location is in the dunes of Kijkduin. At this location lies a hidden tunnel system. Part of the tunnels were demolished for buildings and made it only possible to access part of the tunnels. In July 2015 the foundation has rebuilt the section and has connected three remaining parts of the complex. About 80 meters of tunnels and four bunkers are now accessible. For safety reasons, it is only possible to access the tunnels and bunkers with a guide.
The third location is the ‘Scheinflughafe Ockenburg’. This was an auxiliary airfield. The attack of the German Paratroopers on this airfield marked the start of the Second World War for The Netherlands. After the Germans took over the airfield it was rebuild into an imitation airport. This imitation airport was to confuse the enemy and to provoke bombings on the imitation airport. Off all the bunkers that were made for the imitation airport, there is only one remaining, The Schaltbunker. In this bunker there is an exhibition on the imitation airport.
Most bunkers in the city are sealed off, but the past year they opened the bunkers up for the public for one day, Bunker day. If possible, it is worth a visit. A date for 2018 is not yet announced.