History Happens Now!

Imagine we bury a time capsule that will resurface in twenty years, which objects representing the Dutch LGBTIQ+ community will we find in there? What do we want people to remember about us?

The exhibition History Happens Now gives an overview of individuals and grassroots initiatives that fight for LGBTIQ+ emancipation in the Netherlands. Each of the 20 participating organizations from all over the country has submitted an object to the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue. Together, these objects tell the story of the Dutch LGBTIQ+ community right now and all the work they are doing as we speak. History happens now!

The exhibition can be seen from until 3 December at the IHLIA Plaza in the OBA Oosterdok.

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september 2023


Collecting the past and present informs and inspires the future

IHLIA is the heritage organisation with a socially relevant and indispensable collection. 

IHLIA is continuously involved in collecting information about the LGBTI community and making it accessible. Anyone can turn to IHLIA for information about homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and about their history, everyday life and culture.



Search directly in the collection

The IHLIA collection contains rare documents. To safeguard the quality of our collection, you may peruse all the material, but only at our location. On your request, we prepare everything you need. 


Memories of Gay Games Amsterdam 1998

In the run-up to August 2023 the Gay Games will be brought to life through known and unknown anecdotes and stories, videos and photos

Online collection

A small part of our collection is accessible online

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Visiting address IHLIA
OBA Oosterdok
Oosterdokskade 143, 3rd floor
1011 DL Amsterdam

Tel: 020-5230837
Email: info@ihlia.nl

Exhibits on the IHLIA Plaza
Free to visit every day, follow OBA opening times