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Prison Gate Museum

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In the year 1280 AD, the gate to the outer courtyard or Buitenhof served as the main entrance to the castle of the Counts of Holland, known as the Binnenhof today. In 1428, this ‘Front Gate to the Court’ also became a prison. It was where defaulters...more
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Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH, The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Visited the prison gate museum on Sunday 9th September and paid for the English tour which was really brought alive by the tour guide Bob! Don’t think this is his real name as he was a dutch gentleman who must love his job! Worth every...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

Wanted to visit here to compare to UK castle 'prison' We completed the English spoken tour, 14:15 during summer school holidays in The Hague. The guide was informative and interesting. We viewed the type of room a commoner and gentry would have had to live...More

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HHM_DenHaag, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Hi, thanks a lot for yuor visit to the Museum Gevangenpoort. We are glad to hear that you liked the tour! Kind regads, team Gevangenpoort.

Reviewed 14 August 2018

If you want to have a quite informative museum trip, this is it! They offer English audio guides too. It is totally worth the price!

Thank Alexandrina C
Reviewed 30 July 2018

My nephew took me to visit the museum while I was holidaying in the Netherlands from Australia. What a barbaric and gruesome past this building has to tell! It was extremely interesting, and really tells history at perhaps its worst. Prisoners were treated very badly,...More

Thank ShirleydK39
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The tour is in Dutch but the audio guide is very good. (The tour guide also answers question in english.) We were there on Veterans Day and saw the King and Prime Minister from the window of the Torture Chamber!

Thank Snorkelbear
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Visited for the English tour led once a week on a Sunday. We were the only people there and were led into the original cells and shown various punishment techniques / objects from when the prison was in operation. Museum is interesting enough but only...More

1  Thank Finlay M
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The Gevangenpoort museum is popular with both kids and adults. Particularly kids, at least those who have a morbid fascination with torture and death - which would seem to be most of them! It's right next to De Binnenhof, with the museum being housed in...More

Thank Sprydle1
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Born and bred in the Hague myself, I never visited this museum during all these years. Coming back as a “tourist” I finally made the effort yesterday and was positively surprised how interesting our tour guide has made this visit. Lots of stories and explanations,...More

1  Thank Anja S
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Good storytellers telling about this history of the prison and the punishments that took place. Not for kids younger that 8. Too scary I assume.

Thank koetsierb
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Really fascinating insight into how criminals were treated in bygone days. The torture methods are there to see and fear!. Lots of steps though. Combined ticket to the Prinz Willem Gallery is worth it - beautiful paintings in a wonderful setting.

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Romy M, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Dear hhm501, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again! Kind regards, Romy Meijer Prison Gate Museum

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