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Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands
+31 70 427 7730
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Escher at the Palace is dedicated to the work of Holland’s most famous graphic artist M.C. Escher. Nearly all his prints are exhibited, among them Belvedere, Drawing Hands, Waterfall and Ascending and Descending. Here you can see how Escher changed fishes into birds, made water flow upstream and his less known, but very attractive early Italian landscapes. On our main- and first floor you can see how his work progressed from depicting the real world to his constructed worlds. Optical illusion is a key word in his work.An optical illusion depicts something which is in fact impossible. M.C. Escher was a master in this field. An optical illusion literally means doing puzzles with your eyes. The visitor will be able to unravel some of Escher’s mysteries like the Impossible Penrose Triangle by constructing one himself. The extra presentation “In the Eye of Escher” shows various themes in which Escher was involved, like reflection, perception and perspective.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands
+31 70 427 7730
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting even if you don't know Escher at all. The museum contains a floor with interactive installations so it can be great for children too.

Thank Zuzanna F
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very well made exhibition. A good balance between Infos about Escher Life and his work as well as a lot of try yourself points. And you could gather some infos about Queen Emma's Palace as well. In the background, not too loud.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This museum is housed in a palace used by a number of Dutch queens, and information on the history of the palace is interspersed with the Escher work. I came away with a new appreciation for what a talented artist Escher was. All of his...More

Thank Sarah O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great and short display of Escher artworks in Het Paleis followed by an interactive floor of optical illusions and Op & Kinetic Art. The visit takes about two hours, which was perfect for our family. There is also a small pamphlet with activities for the...More

Thank pioletdefusta
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Full of multimedia such as video documentaries explaining Escher's life and motivations. Plus of course plenty of his works on display.

Thank Piotr Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love Escher and his paintings since i was at the High School. The museum has a great collection of drawings of the artist. There are also models to explain the optical illusions painted by Escher. It is a must in TH!

Thank paolovbossi
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting historical exhibition with, on the top floor, new interactive puzzles of perception that echo Escher

Thank robertred2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a really good time fantastic pictures and interactive activities. Good for families and anyone interested in Escher's work

Thank Andrea P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Doesn't matter if you don't know who Escher is, (I didn't before this!) or if you're not into art (I'm not!). His work with perspectives, optical illusions and metamorphosis is FASCINATING! I had a throughly enjoyable and stimulating visit!

Thank Jaime O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has the largest collection of Escher art in a unique and historic location. Love the funny led lamp shades in forms of objects too.

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18 June 2016|
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Response from meerja | Property representative |
Hi, There are direct trains from Amsterdam airport to The Hague. From there on it is a 10-15 minute walk to the museum. a visit takes about an hour and a half so no problem on a sunday. They close at 5 p.m.
amit s
25 December 2015|
Response from meerja | Property representative |
Hi Amit, There is treasure hunt/quest for kids to "guide" them trough the exhibtion, the quirky chandeliers are worth looking at. There is also an interactive part on the top floor where kids and adults can play with... More
13 July 2015|
Response from MarcelW1969 | Property representative |
Dear Arizka, The entrance fee is € 9,- and you are allowed to bring your camera. Using your flash is prohibited though. We wish you a very pleasant stay in our museum. Best wishes, Team Escher