The Prinsenhof is a museum but was before a monastery and the living place of the prince Willen van Oranje. He was also killed in the stairs of this monastery.
And if you go to the garden, you will see a great Gadi-like sculpture made of blue ceramics!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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