Prison Gate Museum

Prison Gate Museum (Rijksmuseum de Gevangenpoort)

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Have you ever seen the inside of an ancient prison? Have you met the jailer, the executioner, or the judge? Face to face with a guillotine? Experience the story of crime, trial, and punishment. From the past, but also from now! In the 15th century, the medieval gate became the most critical prison of the influential Court of Holland. Later, jail cells (Gaols) and the Court House were added. Suspects were imprisoned in the dark cells, waited to be interrogated, and sentenced. It remained a prison for four hundred years, and in 1822 became a museum. The museum hosts the most extensive collection of instruments of punishment and torture in the Netherlands.



Approx. Duration

Less than an hour

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – Low

Local Currency


Price Level

Min. Price

From: € 7.50


Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH Den Haag, Netherlands

Spoken Languages

Dutch (official language), Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.

Recommended Age

Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors

Pricing Details

  • Adult (18+): € 15.00

  • Child (4-17 yrs): € 7.50

  • Child (0-4 yrs): Free

  • Museumcard: Free

  • Bezoek met CJP GP Web: € 7.50

  • Dicsountcard (Ooievaarspas/Rotterdampas), ICOM card, Rembrandt card: Free

  • Student Pass: € 7.50


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard


Frequently Asked Questions

The Gevangenpoort is a historic building. There are many narrow stairs, thresholds, and uneven floors.

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