The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft and delftware. The museum is housed in a building of great historical importance, the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events of Dutch history. It was once the court of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. In the museum you will also discover the role the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how delftware became the global brand it is today.
Now on view
One of the most important events in Dutch history took place at the Prinsenhof: the assassination of William of Orange, the forefather of the present king of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander. Learn about the life of William of Orange, his dramatic death and his legacy. Visit the 'scene of the crime', where the bullet holes can still be seen in the wall, have a look at a 'who's who' in the royal family and find out just how much influence the Founding Father still has in the Netherlands today.
What we now know as delftware was first produced in the early seventeenth century in response to the immense popularity of the Chinese blue and white porcelain that Dutch traders were importing. Thanks to the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit, this 'imitation porcelain' was developed so successfully in Delft that it gained an independent status and market, and became a global icon. Learn more about the secrets of this success while admiring some unique and very beautiful delftware masterpieces.
The citizens of Delft have played a leading role in the history of the Netherlands. Find out more about famous residents like the painters Johannes Vermeer and Michiel van Mierevelt, the scientist Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek and the jurist and philosopher Hugo de Groot. Discover how their ideas, insights and creativity changed the Netherlands and the world.
MOJO Backstage (12 April 2019 - 01 September 2019)
|In the spring of 2019, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft will present MOJO Backstage. Dutch masters of the music industry. With this exhibition, the museum celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of an extraordinary Delft organisation: MOJO Concerts. Besides objects, the experience of a concert or festival will be central. Visitors will step into the shoes of both artists and audience and feel the thrill of a music event.|
Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer (11 October 2019 - 16 February 2020)
The first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the famous 17th-century painter Pieter de Hooch (1629 - after 1684) will be presented at the Museum Prinsenhof Delft from 11 October 2019 to 16 February 2020. The exhibition, Pieter de Hooch in Delft: From the shadow of Vermeer is the first retrospective of the artist’s work in his own country.
After Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch is widely considered to be the most celebrated Delft master of the 17th century. The paintings De Hooch produced in Delft (ca. 1652-1660) will be at the heart of the exhibition: his most beautiful courtyards and interiors will return to the city where they were painted almost 400 years ago.
Plan your visit
Guides and guided tours of the Museum Prinsenhof Delft are available. Combined guided tours to the Museum Prinsenhof Delft, the New Church and the Medieval Prison in the City Hall can also be arranged.
During a guided tour you will be introduced to the museum's remarkable past. The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a variety of tours, according to your interests. Together with friends, colleagues or family, or on your own, you will gain new insights on the objects in the collection and see them in a new light.
Guided tours are available in different languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Italian.
Costs: from € 80,00 per group.
Information and reservations: [email protected]
The museum shop offers a wide range of souvenirs, books, luxury articles and modern Dutch design.
Food and drinks
Our museum cafe is located in the entrance hall and has a terrace in the beautiful garden of the museum. We serve sandwiches, specialty pastries, coffee, tea, wine, beer and other drinks.
Besides the Prinsenhof Museum, Delft has a lot to offer! The city is well-known for its ties with the Dutch Royal family and the famous painter Vermeer. Delft is also world renowned for its Delft Blue earthenware and its lovely canals. In the beautifully preserved historic centre of Delft you will have a great experience with the rich history of the city. A city of great charm with the best Holland has to offer. Delft is an absolute 'must-see' during your visit to the Netherlands. Check out www.delft.com to plan your stay in Delft. Enjoy!