Prince Henry Foundation - Museum - Care Circle nursing home

The Prince Henry Foundation is a palatial building typical of Egmond aan Zee.

It is named for the foundation’s patron, Prince Henry “the Navigator,” brother of King William III. In 1874 he laid the foundation stone for the forerunner of the present building, which was built in 1937 to the design of C. Elffers in the functionalist style.

Prince Henry Museum
Prince Henry Foundation Egmond

Home for former seafarers

In 1878, the Prince Henry Foundation was designated a national institution for former seafarers. Everything in this extraordinary building breathes the atmosphere of the seven seas sailed by its former inhabitants. Stained glass windows depict the sailor’s life from cradle to grave.

National Monument

The building has since been renovated, modified and expanded, but its original form and furnishings have been retained, which is why it has been granted national monument status. The building that stands there now is the “third version” of the PHS.

Seafaring Museum Prince Henry

The museum located in the complex displays ship models, maritime paintings, antiques and curiosities made or collected mainly by the residents. The museum is located on the second floor of the landmark nursing home.


Guided tour by appointment, also possible in combination with Museum van Egmond.
Access to the museum at the Prince Henry Foundation is free daily.

In this monumental building you will also find the “Museum Prince Henry the Navigator”

Care Circle Prins Hendrik Drone View 4K (Ultra-HD)

About the Museum

The Museum that has now existed in its current form for more than 85 years and still the building and everything inside breathes one thing: the sea.

The stately white building of the Prince Henry Foundation (PHS) on Voorstraat in the coastal village cannot be missed. ‘Home for former sailors,’ the entrance gate reads. It used to accommodate only sailors and their widows. Since the 1970s, senior citizens without a maritime background have also been admitted.

The volunteer-run Prince Henry the Navigator Museum, has a space on the second floor of the main building.

“The building was built entirely in 1930s style: lots of glass, iron and concrete. And when you arrive here, it’s like sailing into the harbor. You come home.

Stained glass windows

Most special, though, are the stained glass windows, which tell the story of a sailor from cradle to grave.”

“History Is Really Preserved “The museum’s volunteers were asked several years ago to research the past of the “Foundation. In the basements, they discovered that almost everything from the past had been preserved, including all the annual reports, photographs and original telegrams from World War II, as well as the 1874 certificate of incorporation.

Stained glass -Museum Prince Henry windows

More history

The Prince Henry Foundation, which takes its name from the nickname “The Navigator” of Prince Henry, brother of King William III, was founded in 1874.

This home was intended to shelter elderly sailors and their spouses during epidemics of cholera and typhus in Egmond aan Zee in the 19th century. The deaconry of the Dutch Reformed Congregation ran into problems due to the rising demand for poor care.

Over the years, the Prince Henry Foundation has grown into a general home for the elderly. The home was transferred to The Prince Henry Foundation in 2005 and is now part of the Care Circle, an organization with various residential care and nursing facilities in the region. In 2020, the association was transformed into the current foundation,

The Prince Henry Foundation since 1874. The remaining assets after the transfer of the home form the basis for carrying out the goals of the foundation.

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The second floor where the museum is located in the Prince Henry Foundation building.

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Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation
Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation
Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation
Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation
Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation
Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation
Museum on the second floor in the building of the Prince Hendrik foundation

About our Hendrik

Excerpts from Gerard Köhler’s column: The secret of line 410 See bottle mail from Egmond for the entire column

Before I tell you about the foundation, let me first clear up a widespread misunderstanding. The foundation and street are named after Prince Henry, younger brother of King William III. And so not to Prince Henry, Queen Wilhelmina’s consort. That one does have a street name in Bergen

Anyway, our Hendrik, the one from the foundation, William’s brother. There is also a serial to be written about the two. The current soap opera surrounding William and Harry pales by comparison.

Just a few facts:

William did not want to be king at all. Preferred to stay in the brothels of Paris. On the day his father William II died, William, who was there, hastily took a carriage to England for a lengthy stay. And it was not because he was running for kingship.

Then still later, the perfectly healthy Prince Henry suddenly died of measles. That you died of that as an adult was exceptional even in the 19th century. Hendrik was one of the richest people in the Netherlands, though; his brother William III was in black seed and was heir. Here are the facts. But a good story is always better than the facts brewing authority Fred Krop once said to me. I still doubt that was a compliment.

In the 19th century, Egmond aan Zee struggled with numerous epidemics. In 1866 cholera, in 1871 typhus. Many young fishermen succumbed to the latter wave of disease. Many women, children and the elderly became dependent on poor care.

Collections and raffles

Collections and raffles were held to provide aid. By 1873, the lottery had finally raised enough money to establish an asylum for the elderly. Hendrik had bought most of the lottery tickets and made up another shortfall.

Regents were appointed and the building opened in 1875. Which in the beginning accommodated 7 people. More was not possible because of lack of money. Incidentally, the first residents were not from Egmond. Four from Amsterdam, two from Den Helder and one from Rotterdam.

There were more lenders and more residents. Foreigners who had sailed on Dutch ships could also go there after some time. In 1884, a German, a Swiss and a Dane reported. Renovations followed, and in 1931 the present landmark building opened. I come there every two weeks. To pee, but mostly for the museum. All those sailors have amassed an impressive collection.

It is freely accessible, it is in a great experience. Again and again.

Paintings and handmade vessels which you can find in the Museum

Care center the Care Circle

Prince Henry has a reception and a restaurant. The restaurant also caters to people 55 and older in the village. The restaurant is open from noon – 1:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. You can also go there if you have something to celebrate and your apartment is too small for your party. You can rent a space with us and we can provide catering.

There is also a coffee corner cum café, terrace, garden (both private and open) and a store. Then there’s a hairdresser, a pedicurist, optician/audicurist, doctor’s lab, home health agency, library, billiards, fitness room and wheelchair and walker maintenance.

Care and treatment
In addition to being a nursing home, Prince Henry is a place to live for people with dementia. They reside in the closed Karveel ward. For care, there is an expert care team, a specialist in geriatrics and several therapists.

Complementary care
If you need intensive care and have an indication for supplemental care, you will simply keep your own apartment, but spend the day in a common living room. Here we offer a day program. This applies to people with physical problems as well as dementia.

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