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The Hague International Open Day

The Hague International Open Day

Sep 22, 2019
Various buildings
The Hague
Free (registration required before September 20)

The Hague International Open Day

The biggest peace festival of the Netherlands takes place in The Hague, to celebrate the worldwide UN International Day of Peace on September 21. For the occasion, many international institutions open their doors, offering guided tours and presentations to the public.

Open day at international organisations in The Hague

Participating institutions include international NGOs, EU, UN and intergovernmental organisations. There are numerous international organisations offering guided tours, panel discussions, presentations and meet and greet sessions. 

The Hague International Open Day

Here's the list of participating organisations:

  • Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) & Specialist Prosecutor's Office (SPO)
  • Europol
  • Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
  • International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT)
  • International Criminal Court (ICC)
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)
  • International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
  • The Hague Academy of International Law
  • Europe House
  • The High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM)
  • Eurojust
  • International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
  • The Hague Humanity Hub
  • Justice and Peace
  • Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC)
  • Human Security Collective (HSC)

Additionally, there will be free entry to Museon, where UNICEF will be present with a VR Experience, a bouncy castle, the "Goose Game" and "World Class", where students - whether local or international - can take part in a debate with a special invitee.

Plan your visit

This open day is a festival partner of Just Peace Festival, which is occurring all throughout the weekend. There are so many other events happening, as a result, so make the most of the weekend by visiting multiple venues during this celebration of peace.

Plan your visit by checking out the detailed programme of the International Day and checking whether the talks, presentations and tour are in English or Dutch. Register before September 20 for your free tickets online on the International Open Day website. Check beforehand which identification and security measures are called for – you'll need your ID / passport and in some buildings, you will need to go through a security check like you would in an airport.

Popular open days in the Netherlands in autumn

Other popular open days in the Netherlands in autumn include Open House | European Space Agency and European Heritage Days | Open Monumentendag.