Prinsenhof Museum, in Delft

Municipal Museum in Delft, one of the best preserved ancient towns.

Entrance to Prinsenhof museum, Delft

Join me in this municipal museum full of atmosphere. The Prinsenhof Museum of Delft is housed in a former nun’s convent. When in the 1560s the Protestant uprising against the King of Spain and the Protestant takeover took place, convents were emptied and used for State and City purposes. This building became the Headquarters of William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Revolution.

The present day Prinsenhof Museum is rich in fine art, applied art and historical presentations, including paintings and Delftware.  Delft is the well preserved city south of Amsterdam. It was also the home town of  Vermeer, the great painter.

The type of kiln used in Delftware workshops.

Some key artworks were saved from destruction in the Iconoclasm of 1566 and the Revolution, the City of Delft kept them in safety, finally transferring them to the present day Prinsenhof Museum.

The b/w image above shows an actual Vermeer painting from NYC being shipped inside, the crate being opened in broad daylight, and bird droppings looming from above. Things have changed in terms of security since then.

Delft had a key role in the art of optics and scientific research. The museum shows some key objects.

Delft is great for a walk. There are also some minor museums in Delft and I will help you choose according to your own taste.

 

Tour by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.

 

Garden of Prinsenhof Museum, with statue of William of Orange.

An incredible map of Delft, one of the first birds eye views. Created as an impressive gift from the city to important visitors.

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

 

Grave Monument for William of Orange in the New Church.

HOW TO GET THERE

Delft is easy to reach with public transport, by train, about an hour from Amsterdam. I hold a Dutch Railways rebate card. For this train tour I can offer you a special rebate of 40% for three separate adult railway tickets. This makes it economical for you as clients. I can join you from your hotel or from the Amsterdam train station.

Various other options are open to you: a) You can hire a car and drive it yourself, and I will join you starting in Amsterdam and will advise you about the best route. b) We can hire a professional taxibus service at around E 70 per hour for about 4 to 5 hours. On top of that you will pay me as the specialist guide. This is the more expensive option.

The author Kaldenbach in font of the Vermeer House Historic Marker he planned. It took a year of intensive talks and correspondence.