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The Gevangenismuseum is housed in a former ‘Dwanggesticht’ from the 19th century. In an interactive way, the visitor learns about how criminals were treated in the Netherlands from 1600 to the present. In addition, the museum covers the history of Veenhuizen as a prison town. Important in the museum is a ‘radbraakkruis’ from the 17th century and a wooden rack. Every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon a ‘boevenbus’ drives around the museum.

Alternative names:

nl Nationaal Gevangenismuseum   en The Prison Museum

Het Gevangenismuseum
Oude Gracht 1
9341 AA Veenhuizen

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology Specialized & Alternative


Local Miscellaneous

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm

More opening hours


0 - 4 Free
5 - 12 €4.30
13 and over €8.60
CJP Pass €7.00
Museumkaart Valid
Staff DJI €7.00
Friends of the museum Free

More admission


  • Coffee

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Parking


Oude Gracht 1, Veenhuizen, The Netherlands


Permanent exhibitions


All exhibitions


Het Gevangenismuseum has 3 ratings.

Monday, June 27, 2016 Jun 27, 2016

This rating does not include a review.

Thursday, January 7, 2016 Jan 7, 2016
(Review in Dutch)

Tijdens de kerstvakantie het museum bezocht. Het museum heeft mij geleerd dat een gevangenis echt geen hotel is. Aangrijpend weergegeven wordt ook de periode voor 1800, waar lijfstraffen en martelingen door de overheid de gewoonste zaak van de wereld was. Het museum is zeer zeker een bezoek waard!

  Visited on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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