In Museum Prinsenhof Delft, you get to know more about three iconic themes connected to Delft: William the Silent, Delftware and famous residents of Delft. Discover the rich past, art, and culture of Delft.
The beginning of the Prinsenhof
Prinsenhof in Delft was once a court and a monastery: The Sint-Agatha monastery. After the reformation in the second half of the 16the century, the building was split up in two separate parts. In one part of the building, the monastery was still in use. The other part became the court of Prince William the Silent, who very often stayed in the Sint-Agatha monastery between 1572 till 1584. After the murder of William the Silent, the building was donated to the city government. At first, the building was used for different purposes but it became a museum in 1887.
The museum and its collections
One of the most crucial events in the history of the Netherlands happened at Prinsenhof in Delft; The murder of William the Silent. In this exhibition, you learn everything about William the Silent. You get to meet him, and you’ll learn what he meant for the Netherlands.
At Museum Prinsenhoft Delft, you get the learn more about William the Silent’s history, but also about other subjects like Delftware and famous residents of Delft. The production of Delftware started in Delft. This magical product is famous all around the world. It arose after copying the world-famous ‘Blue-white’ porcelain from China. It became a product with a status. Discover the secrets of this unique product and enjoy the different masterpieces.
Don’t forget to meet a few famous residents of Delft. Through many centuries there have been all kinds of artists and scientists who contributed to the evolution of the Netherlands. Meet famous residents such as painters Johannes Vermeer and Michiel from Mierevelt, scientist Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek and jurist and philosopher Hugo the Groot. Find out what their contribution was to the Netherlands and the world.
View other museums in the Netherlands
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Museum Klok & Peel
In Museum Klok & Peel, they focus on the natural and cultural historic past of The Peel. The museum also owns a large collection of clocks and bells.