The Gevangenpoort (Prison Gate) Museum takes you on a tour through seven centuries of history. Originally the main gate to the Court, the Gevangenpoort later became the place where suspects were locked up awaiting trial and punishment. All kinds of suspects were incarcerated here, both famous and less well-known, rich and poor, including Dirck Volckertsz. Coornhert, Cornelis de Witt, Jan de Bakker (one of the first heretics), Abraham de Wiquefort , Kaat Mossel and many others. Some of the prisoners here suffered horrible tortures at the hands of the executioner.
You are free to visit the Interrogation Room, the Judges Chamber, the Chapel and the Meat Cellar on your own. The cell complex can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Tours in Dutch start every hour, and there is an English-language tour at 14:15 on Sundays and on weekdays during Hague school holidays.
Tues - Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat and Sun: 12 – 5pm
Last tour departs at 3.45 pm
Closed on Mondays, 25 December and 1 January
Museum de Gevangenpoort
2513 AB The Hague
T. + 31 (0)70 346 08 61