Exhibitions

The following exhibitions can be visited during the regular opening hours of Brederode Castle. Tickets must be purchased in advance..

Temporary exhibition ‘Brederode in Playmobil’

During the summer holidays 2020, thousands of Playmobil dolls depict the rich history of Brederode Castle. From 8 July to 30 August 2020. Click here for more information.

Torture instruments

Who knows how this torture tool is called? *

Torture instruments

In the upper room of the donjon of Brederode Castle, the exhibition ‘ Torture Instruments ‘ is shown. A friendly re-enactment group, The Knights of Camelot Foundation, has put this special collection of (Medieval) torture tools on loan.

Although they used to be convinced that torture revealed the truth, we now know that torture doesn’t work! 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.

Johan Wolfert of Brederode

The 18 Lords of Brederode

In the former stock cellars of Brederode Castle you can find panels with information in Dutch 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)

Archaeological Finds

This exhibition, with the exception of the scale model, is temporarily not on display until 30 August.

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 Brederode Castle ever looked like.

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