Have you ever been pilloried? Seen a cell from the inside? Sit in the judge's chair? It's all possible in the Prison Museum. Crime and punishment have always existed, but the way we punish has changed a lot over the centuries. Here you will discover everything about crime and punishment in the Netherlands from 1600 until now. The museum is located in one of the old penal institutions that were built in 1823 by the Society of Benevolence in Veenhuizen for beggars and vagrants. Veenhuizen is a special village with a wonderful history, more than a hundred national monuments and five prisons that are still in use.
Kaaslust is an artisanal cheese factory, located in the restored dairy factory of Veenhuizen. A former colony of the Society of Benevolence, nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Come and experience it for yourself.
For a long time, the prison village of Veenhuizen was a self-sufficient village. In addition to the prisons, there were also schools, churches, a spinning mill and farms. The agricultural products from the area were processed in the industrial complex. The Maallust brewery is now located in what was once the grain mill. The copper boilers are located under the old roof trusses and the remains of the drying machines. Since 2011, they have been brewing their delicious beer in this traditional way. Hotel Assen also has beers from Maallust on its menu!
Coffee from the Colonial of Benevolence Veenhuizen