Prison Gate Museum, The Hague

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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. To visit Prison Gate Museum and get the most from your holiday in The Hague, create itinerary details personal to you using our The Hague travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    My rudimentary Dutch language training came in handy on the tour of the prison museum. I was actually picking up on some of what was being said on the tour. With all the visuals - torture devices, sma...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The time that I was available to take the tour, it was conducted in Dutch so I had to use the prerecording and headset. I'm sure it wasn't as interesting as hearing the personable and animated tour gu...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This museum is definitely worth a visit. Amazing what was done at that time information. The guide explains everything perfectly in a tour of about 30 to 40 minutes. Definitely a must if you visit the city of the Hague.
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