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“A revelation”

Museum Prinsenhof Delft
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Skip the Line: The Hague and Holland Pass
Ranked #3 of 62 things to do in Delft
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum Prinsenhof Delft is a unique historical building and former court of William of Orange. At this museum, you can pleasantly discover the Dutch history. Learn more about the meaning of the Father of the Nation for the Netherlands. Discover how the famous Delftware became the global brand it is today and how Delft and his residents played an important role in the history of the Netherlands.
Wells-next-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A revelation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was a revelation of 16th century Dutch history and the paintings of the period. Some rare and undeservedly unknown part there. Being the place where William the silent lived and died gave it a particularly vivid feeling. We enjoyed it very much. We were intrigued by the labeling of the exhibits using the present tense throughout even for historical events. given the high standard of English spoken by the Dutch this solecism was a surprise.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Good way to fill a rainy day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Not really being into museums, I actually found this one fairly interesting. The history surrounding William of Orange and his murder was well presented with English subtitles. I didn't realise that the Dutch royal family were directly descendant from him. There were also a range of artistic presentations from typical Dutch painters of the 16th and 17th century, not really to my taste, but then I do prefer impressionists. It was worth the 8 Euros entrance, but remember it doesn't open until 11 am.

Visited May 2013
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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“Museum provides a visual look into Delft's past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

This museum is worth seeing for a visual look into Delft's past through paintings of people, the blue and white ceramics for which the city is famous, the town's 16th & 17th century social and economic history (why it produced what it did when it did), and the story of the 16th c. national hero and state leader Willem of Orange (before the slightly later William of Orange who also became King of England toward the end of his life, due to his marriage to a daughter of an English king). The new king Willem (as of 30 April 2013) shares his name. (The monarchy was a later development, in the early 1800s, and the new monarch is the first king in over 100 years, after 3 long-reigning and generally popular queens.)

Visited April 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“open spaces, view in the old life of Delft”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

nice former palace and convent from the 15th century, House of orange, first Prince of orange lived there, and was killed there. nice paintings, of course the chest of Hugo the Groot is there too, good restaurant attached in the cellars and a coffee house, all can be reached through the inside garden. A real gem in a country fond of new things.

Visited December 2012
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“This museum is about the genesis of the Netherlands as a republic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

For the first time in many years (I think 30 years ago) I visited this very interesting museum, again with my father but now a little bit older, 90 years! I am still grateful that he taught me to be interested in history, nowadays many young people hardly know anything about our own history. At highschool I wrote a scription about the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) so the Prinsenhof Municipal Museum is a great place for me to visit. From the entrance you can follow a 'road in history' that take you chonically back to the days of Willem Of Orange, one of the most famous persons in Dutch history. You will stumble upon the stairway where he was assasinated by Balthasar Gerards (who was caught and very cruelly executed) and also find the gun in a vitrine nearby. Upstairs you will find a stunning collection of huge paintings, from Rubens to Mierevelt, very impressive. And there is also a delicate collection of the worldwide known Delft Blue porcelain. Outside you can relax in the small but wonderful garden on a terrace, part of the restaurant inside. Highly recommended!

Visited August 2012
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