The following exhibitions can be visited during the regular opening hours of Brederode Castle.
Exhibition of Torture instruments
In the upper room of the donjon of Brederode Castle, the exhibition ‘ Torture Instruments ‘ is shown. A befriended re-enactment group, Stichting Knights of Camelot, has given this special collection of (medieval) torture instruments on loan.
Although they were convinced in the past that torturing brought the truth to light, we now know that torture is not working! Chances are that people who are tortured will confess something they have not done to get rid of the pain.
This exhibition hopes to provide more insight into the horror of torture and to increase the awareness that still many people are being tortured in the world today.
We advise parents to visit this exhibition only with children over 8 years old.
Permanent exhibition about the 18 Lords of Brederode
In the former stock cellars of Brederode Castle you can find panels with information about the history of the Lords of Brederode. Of Dirk I (1180-1238) and his son Willem (1226-1285), who built the castle, but has never seen it, until Wolfert (1649-1679), the last Lord of Brederode. For many visitors it has been a surprise to learn about how powerful and important the Brederodes have been for Dutch history.
“We clearly learned a lot about Dutch history during this visit.” (Review on Tripadvisor)
Permanent exhibition archaeological finds
This small exhibition downstairs in the chapel tower is the theme: ‘What the occupants of Brederode left behind’. This exhibition shows objects found in the moat around the castle and surrounding ditches. Some finds date back to the days when the Lords of Brederode lived in the castle. There are also objects from later times. These may have been lost or thrown away by the occupants of the farms that once stood next to the castle ruin or by visitors. But they may also have ended up here through fertilization. In ancient times, a cesspit was used as a waste pit. The content of cesspits was used to fertilize a field and so the waste ended up on the meadow.
There is also a scale model, which gives an impression of how Castle Brederode ever looked like.