Prison Gate Museum, The Hague

History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
See life from behind bars at Prison Gate Museum, an 18th-century prison-turned-museum. Since 1882, the former prison has told tales of the crime and punishment that unfolded here over its seven centuries of history. Housing serious criminals, both rich and poor, the prison was known as a place of torture. Walk through the prisoner's cells, the interrogation room, the torture chambers, and the courtroom. Some prisoners were even publicly executed in the square in front of the prison. Note that the cell complex can only be viewed with an official guide, so check the schedule in advance. A visit to Prison Gate Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our The Hague travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It must've been around or over ten years ago since I last visited here. Since my wife had never visit, it was good reason to do so on a rainy afternoon. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 there aren't...  more »
  • Today, following the new rules to visit museums, I made a reservation for four people to visit the Gevangenpoort museum. Although I made the reservation successfully with our museumkaarts in the...  more »
  • We have visited this museum last summer because it seemed to be very promising but unfortunately we were disappointed on site. This museum ist very expensive for a short period of visiting time and....  more »
  • This is a VERY small museum, I needed about 15 minutes to get through the exhibition. Descriptions are quite poor and only in Dutch or English. The staff was absolutely unfriendly and didn't seem to be organised at all. I would only recommend it because of the interesting building.
  • Speaker speaks in Dutch, people who dont understand will get headphones. Personnel were very kind and helpful. Stories were interesting. Unfortunately only 3 rooms are open for visits.
  • The Gevangenpoort (Prisoner's Gate) is a former gate and medieval prison on the Buitenhof in The Hague, Netherlands. It is situated next to the 18th-century art gallery founded by William V, Prince of Orange in 1774 known as the Prince William V Gallery.
  • I enjoyed my time there. Good staff. Helpfull. Good tour gide. Explained the history well. But its really disturbing to see how humans are artistic when it comes to torture other humans. Same old same old. Up to now unfortunately
  • We had a marvelous guide (in Dutch language) who made all the rooms to living history. Thank you very much! It is a relative small museum with interesting rooms and artifacts from 700 years prison.

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