Prison Gate Museum Tours

The Prison Gate Museum is the former prison of the Court of Holland. Beginning in 1428, and continuing throughout its 400 year history, it housed famous and not so famous criminals. It had a reputation as a place of misery, where prisoners were regularly punished in the torture chamber and locked up in dreary dark and frigid cells, awaiting questioning and trial.

Visitors to the medieval building can see the Museum’s collection of punishment and torture devices. Some rooms can be visited independently when visiting the Prison Gate Museum, but others, such as the cell complex, can only be seen when on a guided tour.  During the tour, visitors learn about life in prison, escapes, more famous residents and the brutal punishments. Because of the gruesome nature of the history, the Prison Gate Museum is not recommended for children under the age of 9.

Practical Info

On weekdays, tours run every hour starting at 10:45 a.m., and on weekends they start at 12:45 p.m. An English-language tour takes place every Sunday afternoon, as well as daily in the summer. No reservations are needed, and the museum is closed on Mondays. 
Address: Buitenhof 33 2513 AH Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Hours: Weekdays: tours every hour starting at 10:45 a.m. Weekends: tours every hour starting at 12:45 p.m.
Admission: Adults E 7,50; Children Under 13 E 5,50
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Private Tour: The Hague Walking Tour Including Peace Palace Visitors Center

Discover the historical highlights and cultural delights of The Hague on a private walking tour of the resplendent city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit architectural gems like the Tower of Rutte and Noordeinde Palace, and delve into the city’s rich history with visit’s to the Prison Gate Museum and City Hall. Admire the grandeur of the Parliament buildings around the Binnenhof, the city’s cultural heart and conclude your tour by paying a visit to the Peace Palace visitors center. Relish the flexibility of this private tour while receiving the undivided attention of your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours

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