Welcome to the Prison Gate Museum!

The Gevangenpoort tells the thrilling tale of crime and punishment in days gone by. Since 1882, the mediaeval prison has operated as a museum. It lies on the Hofvijver, close to the Binnenhof in The Hague.

The surrounding area is also rich in history. Join a city walk with our guides, take a look at the 18th-century Prince William V Gallery or visit the Historical Museum of The Hague, on the opposite side of the Hofvijver.

Over the summer and during school holidays there will be a guided tour in English every day at 2.15 pm.

Seven Centuries of History

The Prison Gate museum has a history that stretches back seven centuries and is among the top 100 most important monuments in the Netherlands. Over the centuries famous and less well-known prisoners, from regents to poor wretches, have been incarcerated here. They have included, among others, Cornelis de Witt, accuesed of conspiring against William III of Orange, and Abraham de Wiquefort, the 17th century's answer to James Bond. On the judges'orders, these prisoners were regularly punished in the torture chamber.

Despite its rather gruesome history as a prison and place of torture, a visit to the Prison Gate Museum is a unique historical experience. During a tour of the Prison Gate, you will discover all there is to know about the building's remarkable history, the punishments and life in the cells.


At the Prison Gate Museum, you can visit rooms including the Jailer's Quarters, the Interrogation Room and the Judge Chambers. Some of the rooms, such as the cell complex, can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Tours depart every hour.