Museum Prinsenhof Delft in the charming city of Delft presents the history of Prince William of Orange and the creation of the Dutch republic, beautiful 17th century art and, of course, the city’s famous Delftware tradition.
- Discover the rich and grand history of the Netherlands, starting from the creation of the Dutch republic.
- Marvel at beautiful and unique Delftware pieces, and learn more about the Dutch entrepreneurial spirit that was behind its global success.
- Take a look at some of the masterpieces of Delft artists and scientists such as Johannes Vermeer, Michiel van Mierevelt and Hugo de Groot.
- Visit the historical site where William of Orange was assassinated - even the bullet holes are still there.
Museum Prinsenhof Delft (The Prince’s Court) is a former convent from where William of Orange successfully fought against the Spanish occupation in the 16th century. The Dutch Royal House are descendants of William of Orange. Het Prinsenhof shows you how his actions led to the foundation of the Dutch Republic.
William of Orange
William of Orange’s ideals were simple: freedom of religion, and tolerance. But there was no room for his ideals under Spanish rule. A revolution was unchained between the Calvinist Dutch and the Catholic Spanish in which William of Orange became known as the Father of the Fatherland.
On July 10 1584, William of Orange was assassinated by Balthasar Gerards on a staircase at Het Prinsenhof. His two sons, Maurits and Frederik Hendrik, continued the war and realized the eventual victory.
The Bullet Holes
You’ll learn everything there is to know about William of Orange and the revolt against Spain at Museum Prinsenhof Delft. Historical objects, pieces of art and the bullet holes in the wall where William of Orange was shot, bring history back to life. Take this fascinating journey through Dutch history.