Today’s art museum is the former residence of William of Orange and the place where he was shot by a religious fanatic, Balthazar Gerards. The bullet holes in the wall by the stairs are real proofs of the murder. Later the building served for many purposes but at the end of 19th century it became a museum where you can learn about the history of Delft.
Sun and holidays 1pm-5pm
Admissions: 5 Euro for adults
The prinsenhof was orginally part of a convent that was founded around 1400. In 1572 the buildings of the convent were expropriated by the city councel though the nuns could remain there. The last nun died at the Prinsenhof in 1640.
In 1572 William of Orange choose the Prinsenhof as his residence. He was the leader of the opposition against the spanish King Philip II in the 16th century. When William of Orange (or William the Silent) was later proclaimed an outlaw he went to Delft since he thought he could defend himself there better. Here he was assassinated 1584.
In 1887 the municipal museum opened its doors here. Now it is a mix of paintings, objects, special exhibitions and of course the fascinating building itself.. Which i personally liked the most..
the museum is open on tuesdays-saturdays from 10.00 till 17.00. On sundays and holidays the museum is open from 13.00 till 17.00
The museum is closed on the 25th of december and january the first.
Admission 5 euro for adults. Children under 12 go in for free
And prinsenhof again. If you walk out of the main entrance on your left side you'll find this little garden with the statue of William the Silent. Many of them can be seen around The Hague and Delft, but this one is unique, it has the exact height of the Prince, so you can see how really short this man was.
The Prinsenhof (Prince's Court) dates from the late 14th century and was originally a convent. It is here where William I of Orange, the founding father of the country, lived from 1572 until he was assassinated in 1584. You can still see the bullet holes in the stairwell.
Just outside the Prinsenhof there is a small park where you can relax and enjoy the sun. In the middle there is a statue of Willem de Zwijger (William the silent). And there is a small Gaudi-an bench just in front of the Prinsenhof).
Though it is a very small park, it is quit enjoyable
The Prinsenhof Museum is a museum that shows the local art. Of course you can see lots of the famous Delfts Blue pottery. But you can also see a lot of paintings, for instance on the murder of William of Orange. The building itself dates back to around 1400. It's of historic value because it was the residence of William of Orange
The museum is open from 10 to 5 on weekdays and saturdays and from 1 to 5 on sundays. It is closed on mondays. Admission is 5 Euro for adults.
Originally a convent founded around 1400, the PRINSENHOF or "Prince's Court, was taken over by the city of Delft in 1572, but the nuns were allowed to stay. The last nun died at the Prinsenhof in 1640.
Before it became the Municipal Museum in 1887, it was the residence of William of Orange.
Admission to the Museum is 5 Euros for Adullts.
It's a bid hidden, but if you go to the prinsenhof, you can't miss the garden. It is an oasis of rest if you enter it from the phoenixstraat and an unexpected surprise if you enter it from the center side.
In the garden there is a chair made of Delfts porcelain. Don't forget to visit the shop with candy our gandparents used to eat.
here you can see pottery like delfs blauw (delfs blue) and paintings
tuesday - saturday 10.00-17.00
sun- and holidays 13.00-17.00
25/12 and 1/1 closed
adults ? 5,00
child 0 -12 jaar free
child 12 -16 jaar ? 4,00
group (minimaal 15 pers.) ? 4,00 a persoon
CJP en 65+ ? 4,00
Rabopas en NS-kaart ? 2,50
Delft- Rotterdampas free
Vereniging Rembrandt free
we parked our car in the phoenixgarage for 7 a day.
picture from prinsenhof taken in side the garden
Originally this princely court was a cloister, namely the St. Agatha cloister where William of Orange stayed regularly between 1572 and 1584. Within the walls of this cloister he was assassinated and since then the St. Agatha cloister is known as the Prinsenhof (prince's court).
It is now a museum since 1887
Let's have a little rest in the convent garden and enjoy some peace and quiet. It's strange to know that modern life goes on even in this old place. Pity that there were no herbs. I found this enclosed garden would have been perfect as a herb garden. It was so warm and sunny. The herbal scents would've been heaven.
It is within these walls that the man of whom much has been writ and said once trod. William of Orange, also known in these parts as William the Silent, led the resistance against Spanish rule in the Netherlands.
The well laid out museum gives and insight into the times and William's role in the rebellion.
Other protagonists during the Eighty Years' War, such as Philip II and the Duke of Alva, also feature.
During mediaeval times Delft experienced its golden age and the first floor reflects that with a collection of silver, tapestries, earthenware and paintings,
It was this city after all that inspired Vermeer though his works are somewhat thin on the ground in his home town.
How remarkable then that the most memorable thing in the whole place is some chipped concrete. They have the hide (my opinion) to sell postcards of it for 3 euros while other cards are normal prices (under one euro). And, of course, they don't allow cameras. I deliberately didn't buy one because of the price.
Its significance I hear you ask?
Well, it's the three bullet marks at the bottom of the stairs where William himself was assassinated. A very moving experience realising that someone actually died on this very spot.
The Stedelijk Museum - Het prinsenhof is a Gothic building which used to be a convent. It was the scene of William of Orange's assassination. Today it houses Deflt's history museum, it has displays of pottery, tapestries and protraits.
William of Orange commandeered the convent in1572 to use it as his headquarters during the uprising against the Spanish. In 1584 a fanatical Catholic, Balthasar Geraerts, killed William on Philip II of Spain's instructions.
10.00 -17.00 tues-sat
13.00 - 17.00 sun
closed 25 DEc and 1 Jan
Willem van Oranje, a then still relatively unknown nobelman from Germany that choose Delft as his residence. He lived in the Prince's Court (this name only appeared later as he became "Stadhouder der Nederlanden" = Governor / Viceroy) from 1572 and initiated from here the independance struggle of the Lowlands, though himself always showing the utmost respect towards the Spanish (Habsburgian) king Philip II. He was present quite a lot in his Delft home and heared about the siege being lifted from Leiden in the chapel and saw his daughter Louise-Juliana being born here. He received guests here and found an awful death on the 10th of July 1584. Balthasar Geerards, a hitman hired by the Spanish king, shot William near the staircase. His (for the Dutch) famous last words: God, heb medelijden met dit volk (= have mercy on the people of this country). He became the father of the fatherland and his ancestors are still leading us in the right direction.
Almost invisible as being a chapel, the Waalse Kerk (Walonian Church) that was part of the Saint Agatha monastery, hides between the walls of the now-a-days famous Prinsenhof (= Prince's Court). Topping jjst over the walls is the little belltower and when we turn right into the alley leading to the courtyard we discover the high glass-in-lead windows. The name "Waalse" descends from the fact that this chapel was used from 1585 as protestant chapel for French and Walonian people that came here from their native countries, where Catholicism won the religious battle, leaving them as unwanted in their own neighbourhood. The chapel before that belonged to the Saint Agatha monastry that later became the Prince's Court and the home of Willem van Oranje (William of Orange) our father of the fatherland. This was also his chapel around 1572. To finish the international use of this chapel: between 1621 and 1633 it was used by the (English) Merchant Adventurers.