The Peace Palace in The Hague houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the United Nations International Court of Justice and the Hague Academy of International Law. These institutions are supported by the Peace Palace Library, one of the most prestigious libraries in its field, consulted by lawyers, scientists and students from all over the world. The Carnegie Foundation is the owner and manager of the Peace Palace.
We would like to welcome you to the Visitors Center of the Peace Palace. A contemporary exhibition and an impressive film will give you an introduction in 30 to 45 minutes on the creation of the Peace Palace and the judicial institutions that are located here. The information is available via an audio tour in ten languages, namely Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Italian and Portuguese. There is also an audio tour especially for children.
After a tour of the Visitors Center, you will have become curious about what is behind the imposing façade of the Peace Palace. The doors of the Peace Palace open regularly to the public. You walk from room to room, a guide will be waiting for you to tell you about the building, the institutions that are housed there and the works of art with which the building is decorated. During your tour, you will visit the Large Courtroom, the Small Courtroom and the Japanese Room, which will give you an impression of the most beautiful rooms in the building.
In addition to facilitating the courts (“Peace through Justice”), the Carnegie Foundation stimulates peace-promoting activities. Every year, more than 90 events are organized in the Peace Palace to promote exchange and understanding and to facilitate “Peace through Dialogue”. Our art collection contains more than 40 gifts from around the world and allows us to work on “Peace through Culture”. In addition, by housing and supporting the Hague Academy of International Law and the management of the library, we contribute to “Peace through Education” and encourage people to continue to educate themselves, as our founder Andrew Carnegie did.