Museum Prinsenhof Delft

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Museum Prinsenhof Delft
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft and delftware. The museum is housed in a building of great historical importance, the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events of Dutch history. It was once the court of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. In the museum you will also discover the role the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how delftware became the global brand it is today.
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genibre69
London, UK3,210 contributions
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Small museum but really interesting exhibits on William of Orange and silverware (surprising to me as I’m usually not into the latter usually). All translated into English. I’m glad the ticket lady convinced me to get the audioguide for €2.50 bc it definitely enhances the experience. I was there overall about 1.5 hours so whilst I think €12.50 is still pretty steep for that short a time, I still learned a lot. Beautiful courtyard outside the museum as well with a great cafe.
Written July 17, 2020
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Klaas S
Renkum, The Netherlands472 contributions
We visited here the Peter de Hooch exhibition. Unfortunately on the last day of this exhibition, so it was overcrowded, despite the slotsystem. On a quiet moment this is an interesitng place, close to the heart of the history of the Netherlands and the house of Orange.
Written February 24, 2020
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corindac2018
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I went to see a special exhibition and wasn't disappointed. The museum is lovely, and the staff universally charming. I found the very strict rules on bag size quite trying (my handbag isn't large but I still had to decant 'phone, wallet, passport etc into a plastic bag) but apart from that, a delightful visit. The floors are very uneven, so you need to look down as well as up!
Written January 13, 2020
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,938 contributions
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The Prinsenhof is mostly famous as he place where William "the Silent" of Orange lived and died after he was exiled from Breda which was taken by the Spanish. Here he forged the State of the Netherlands by denouncing the reign of the Spanish king Filip II. He was assisinated in 1584 by Balthasar Gerardts, a catholic who supported the Spanish. The bullet hole left in the wall can still be seen at the Prinsenhof staircase.

Currently is is a surprisingly large museum commemmorating thes events, as well as showing a serious collection of historical Delft Blue pottery and some other artefacts relating to the history of Delft, notably many Dutch masters from the late 16th and 17th century.
Written April 1, 2019
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Louise F
Amsterdam, The Netherlands388 contributions
This is definitely one of my favourite museums in the Netherlands. The building itself is really historic - the bullet holes that killed William I are still in the wall.

The museum has just the right amount of exhibitions and is laid out in an easy to follow way. The exhibitions are engaging and tell a clear story of how the Dutch Republic was founded. Particularly interesting was the room showing paintings (and eventually photos) of members of the royal family, from William I until the current king and his daughter. The museum also covers Delft as a place for trade, plus Delft blue pottery.

Highly recommend a visit. I learnt more about Dutch history in one hour at the Prinsenhof than I have in 18 months of living in the Netherlands.
Written June 23, 2020
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RoamingReader
Arlington, MA71 contributions
New to the Netherlands history, my husband and I visited this museum and got a much better self-guided understanding of the nation we were visiting. We don't know any Dutch and were well-able to follow along.
Written June 16, 2010
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RoutemasterCB
Cambridge, UK469 contributions
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We went to the Prinsenhof museum, (located near the old kirk) to visit the temporary exhibition of Art Nouveau - art, knowledge and industry in Delft. We decided whilst there to visit the entire museum which at €12 per head was a little expensive.

However the main museum has permanent exhibitions on William of Orange and the struggle to create an independent Dutch nation away from the tyranny of the kings of Spain and the Catholic Church. It also shows the place where he assassinated including a couple of bullet holes in the wall, which can still be seen. Some great portraits on display, depicting wealthy locals acting as "Dad's Army" types who patrolled the city. There is also a full family tree and notes about the Monarchy to present day and the link into the British Monarchy of William and Mary.

Elsewhere in the museum was Delft masters and innovation showing portraits of local surgeons and doctors who went to the weekly meetings to dissect bodies to understand more about the human anatomy as well other historical figures. A number of other rooms had Delftware on display.

The exhibition which we had originally gone here for was however in one room and fairly poor so I wouldn't make a trip especially to see this part - however we found the history about William of Orange very informative and really interesting.
Written April 11, 2018
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ForeverNerd
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Beautiful old building with an important history. There is an exhibition about the Golden Age of Holland. It's well worth a visit, but after an hour you'll have seen it all.
Written December 12, 2019
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Tourists3
United Kingdom66 contributions
There is a limited time exhibition of the work of Pieter de Hoogh and it is excellent he is as good as Vermeer (they were contemporaries living in Delft
Written October 21, 2019
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Jodie Gould
New York City59 contributions
“Tourist in Another Country” by Jodie Gould

Travelers who want to experience the charm of Amsterdam without the throngs of tourists, should visit Delft, which exemplifies the Dutch Golden Age. There you will find canals,17th-century architecture, an array of restaurants, cafes, antique shops, and cyclists riding on cobblestone streets. You will also find the Museum Prinsenhof featuring Delft’s most famous artist Pieter De Hooch (mid-October to February 16, 2020).

The display of his work shows his virtuosity as a painter, who used Delft as his backdrop and inspiration. His subjects included town squares, gardens, mothers and children engaged in everyday activities, soldiers gathering to play cards, drink beer, smoke, and play instruments (e.g. “Stable Interior with Officers and Young Maid”), bringing the upper classes of Delft life into full living, vibrant color.

In his “Woman and Child in a Bleaching Ground,” a mother is laying her laundry out on the lawn. The chapel of the Walloon Church is visible in the background. Although De Hooch was known to take artistic license by enhancing reality to fit his idealized vision of Delft life (altering buildings, courtyards, and landscapes), one can still find many of the houses that he painted.

Not far from the Prinsenhof in the Old Church, is the “Narrow House” exhiibit by artist Erwin Wurm. Just 16 meters long, and 138 cm wide, the narrowest house in Europe can be viewed and entered.
#Delft #museumprinsenhof #dehooch #narrowhouse
Written October 20, 2019
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