Governance and policy


Directors and senior management

Mr Benno Tempel (managing director)

Mr Hans Buurman (deputy director)

Mr Doede Hardeman (head of collections

Mr Daniel Koep (head of exhibitions)

For information on the directors’ and senior management’s outside activities, see the link below.

Supervisory Board

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is structured on the supervisory board model. Stichting Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s Supervisory Board consists of the following members:

Professor C.N. Teulings (chair)

Mr C.J. van den Driest

Ms Y van Rooy

Mr H.W. Breukink

Ms M van Vroonhoven

Mr M. Essafi

The Supervisory Board works with a rotation schedule. Both the directors of the Gemeentemuseum and the Supervisory Board adhere to the principles of the Cultural Governance Code.

Cultural Diversity Code

The Gemeentemuseum endorses the Cultural Diversity Code. The museum has a memorandum setting out guidelines on cultural diversity, linked to an implementation agenda. The actions and projects in the agenda were drawn up in accordance with the 4Ps principles, and the museum has committed itself to efforts on all Ps in the code. For instance, the ‘new narratives’ of Dutch people with a migration background have been incorporated into the revamped Wonderkamers exhibit and there is a focus on programming associated with Muslim culture in 2018/2019. In 2009 the museum initiated the Stad naar het Museum project (whereby residents of different neighbourhoods are invited to visit the museum for free and participate in special activities), which the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has designated a best practice in the application of the Cultural Diversity Code. The marketing department aims to work with as many different suppliers as possible, with diversity as one of its selection criteria. Final responsibility for diversity/inclusivity lies with the directors, who have delegated it to policy advisor Anne de Haij (; implementation is in the hands of several staff members.

Multi-annual policy plan

Every four years Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presents its multi-annual policy on exhibitions, the collection, education and commercial activities in its multi-annual policy plan. The plan also provides the basis for The Hague City Council’s four-year Arts Plan Grant.

Multi-annual policy plan 2017-2020 (Dutch only)

Collection Plan

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag administers The Hague’s fine, extensive municipal collection on behalf of the city council. Every four years the museum draws up a Collection Plan in accordance with the guidelines of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage and provincial heritage organisation Erfgoedhuis Zuid-Holland.

Collection Plan 2017-2020 (Dutch only)

Annual reports

Annual report 2017

Annual report 2016

Annual report 2015

Annual report 2014

Annual report 2013

The Hague museum sector’s vision for museums

The directors of the museums in The Hague have set out their vision for the city’s museums in a document entitled ‘Museum van de stad. Stad van musea. Naar een Den Haag dat zijn musea maximaal inzet’ (‘Museum of the City, City of Museums. Towards a city that gets the most out of its museums’). The goal is to make a constructive contribution to the cultural policy debate in The Hague and to argue for and demonstrate museums’ economic and social impact on the city. You can download the document at the bottom of the page (in Dutch only).

Pamphlet: six proposals for the city

In this pamphlet, eight major cultural institutions have set out their convictions, vision and commitment to The Hague, translating them into six specific proposals to ensure that the economic and social impact of culture is harnessed more effectively. You can download the pamphlet at the bottom of the page (in Dutch only).

Smarter Loans

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag endorses the Dutch Museum Association’s principles for museum lending within the Netherlands. Read these principles in the PDF below.


Directors’ and senior management’s outside activities


Museum van de stad. Stad van musea. Museumvisie Directeuren Haagse musea.pdf


Pamflet - Zes voorstellen voor de stad. Naar een Haagse investeringsagenda.pdf