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Prison Gate Museum

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Address: Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH, The Hague, The Netherlands
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+31 70 346 0861
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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In the year 1280 AD, the gate to the outer courtyard or Buitenhof served as...

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 were incarcerated and suspected criminals awaited their trials.

It was a prison for four hundred years. The Prison Gate has been a museum since 1882. Ever since, it has been home to the biggest collection of instruments of punishment and torture in the Netherlands.

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Very interesting museum. Beautifull old building. Very entertaining guide. Minimum age is 8. The kids loved it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands
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Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting museum. Beautifull old building. Very entertaining guide. Minimum age is 8. The kids loved it!

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Romy M, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this review

Dear valinholland, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are glad to hear you consider the Prison Gate interesting and beautiful, and that your kids loved it as well. We hope to welcome you again in the future! Kind regards, Romy Meijer on behalf of the Prison Gate Museum More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was ok interesting but seemed to be over quickly not as much in there as expected. Worth a visit, but probably not first choice attraction in den haag.

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Romy M, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jemimax123, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are glad to hear that you consider the Prison Gate worth a visit. Hopefully we'll see you again in the future! Kind regards, Romy Meijer on behalf of the Prison Gate Museum More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read that someone said the tour was only in dutch. This is not accurate. They translate during the tour. But there is way more dutch then english that is correct. You sit and listen to the dutch and then hear a small part in English that doesn't seem to equal the amount of dutch your ear hears.

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Romy M, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this review

Dear 5expats, Thank you for your review and response to a previously given review. Most of our guided tours are in Dutch, but there is always an English audioguide available that can be brought along during the tour. Every Sunday (and daily during Hague school holidays) there is an English-spoken guided tour at 2.15 P.M. Kind regards, Romy Meijer on... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The entrance costs 10€ + 2,5€ if you want to visit the gallery too, but the prison is open only with guided tour (same price). Even though it is obligatory to go with the group, the tour is only in Dutch, a small detail I figured out only after the visit had already started. They gave me an audio tour... More 

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Romy M, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this review

Dear Katerina M, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your visit wasn't what you expected it to be. A small part of the museum can be visited without a guide, but the cell complex can -indeed- only be viewed as part of a guided tour. This is to protect the age-old (vulnerable) building. Most tours... More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Although I've lived in The Hague for 6 years, I'd never been to the Gevangenpoort. Last Friday I went there with a friend. We reserved our tickets online. First we saw the area that you can visit without a guide. At 10:45 am we took the guided tour which shows you the areas (the most spooky ones) that you otherwise... More 

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Romy M, Public Relations Manager at Prison Gate Museum, responded to this review

Dear 956elskev, Thank you for your 5* review, we appreciate it. We hope to welcome you in our museum again in the future! Kind regards, Romy Meijer on behalf of the Prison Gate Museum More 

funchal
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Very neat and polished. You can find better content on subject matter in many places. They don't accept credit cards and the program is only in dutch. A place for local school children.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

I am a non-Dutch speaker and came along to the museum without buying a ticket in advance. By luck, there was a tour starting ten mins after I arrived that I could join, and apparently entry to this museum is by tour only. In fact, this makes sense because the museum (at least the first part) is small and quite... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

De gevangenpoort is very nice for families. It shows all kinds of mediaval torture equipment and explains how people were incarcerated as well as treated. The diffence between poor and rich prisonners is striking....

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We did the tour with the visit and the place is amazing. Listen to the guide and imagine yourself in this place some hundred years ago. Terrifying indeed. Location is very convenient, directly in the city center.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The old prison leaves a deep impression of the dark times of corporal punishment. The guides also speak english. The tour goes past cells for the poor and rich, past courtrooms, rooms with horrendous equipment, to close with the most disconcerting of all, the torture cellar. This building is a place where you didn't want to be twohundred years ago,... More 

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