The Museum Prinsenhof Delft is a multifaceted and dynamic museum located in the heart of the historic city. It tells the story of five centuries of Dutch history and, in particular, Delft’s role in it. Three themes closely linked to the city – William the Silent, Prince of Orange, Delft Masters and Delftware – form the basis of the programmes. Visitors are immersed in the rich past, art and culture of Delft, which continue to make the city an inspiring place to this day. The museum is housed in the former monastery that temporarily served as the court of William the Silent in the 16th century. The building is included in the Cultural Heritage Agency’s list of the 100 most important national monuments.
Amalia, 17th-century influencer
16 September 2022 until 8 January 2023
In an ambitious exhibition on Amalia of Solms and Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft places the power couple of the 17th century centre stage. They were influential in Europe and hugely popular among all walks of life. Amalia became the most powerful woman in the Dutch Republic. She was an influencer avant la lettre who played politics in Europe with an instinct for diplomacy and at the same time, was able to raise court life in The Hague to great heights. Amalia’s ambition enabled her to succeed in enhancing the prestige of her husband, family and her country, with a carefully considered dynastic strategy. For the first time, the Museum Prinsenhof Delft is presenting an exhibition on the life and work of this royal couple from Amalia’s perspective. With this, she steps out of her husband’s shadow and her role and influence become clearly visible. The exhibition will be on from 16 September 2022 until 8 January 2023.