The Humanity House was founded on 9 December 2010 at the instigation of the Dutch Red Cross, with support from the City of The Hague and the European Regional Development Fund of the European Commission.
Located on Prinsegracht in The Hague, the Humanity House was a place where one could see, hear and experience the human story behind disasters and conflicts, both physically and online.
The Humanity House was a museum that let you experience what it’s like to live through a disaster or conflict and explores related themes in temporary exhibitions. The Humanity House also provided a platform, a place of encounter for people, organisations and agencies that deal with humanitarian themes. Moreover, our education programmes explained global problems to children and young adults. The Humanity House organised these activities with its twelve staff members and museum team with fourteen employees, and in collaboration with various partners.
What was our mission?
By collecting, storing and presenting personal stories of people who experience conflict or are denied freedom, Humanity House raised awareness of global challenges related to peace and conflict. We also inspired people to reflect on their own responsibility.
What was our vision?
We aimed to be a pluralist, inclusive and inspiring venue where, together with you, we searched for new insights into global challenges concerning peace and conflict. We did this by speaking to the mind and the heart through personal stories, by deploying artistic forms, and by deepening understanding. With our exhibitions and activities, we want to reach out to a young and highly diverse target group
Humanity House believes that everybody can contribute to a peaceful society, and that every individual has a responsibility in this regard. We see mutual solidarity as a precondition for living together peacefully.
The Humanity House discussed the human side of disasters and conflicts through:
- Collaboration with national and international organisations
- Permanent and temporary exhibitions
- Education programmes
- Provision of a place of gathering, both physical and virtual
- Lectures and debates