Escher in Het Paleis, The Hague

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View most of M.C. Escher's prints at Escher in Het Paleis, delve into the world of optical illusions, and see the Impossible Penrose Triangle. Dedicated to the country's most famous graphic artist, the museum features permanent exhibits of mind-boggling pieces fashioned to confuse the human mind. See endless staircases, twisted spaces, giant children, and tiny adults. Highlights include a 7 m (23 ft) long woodcut intended to depict eternity and infinity by deceiving perception; chandeliers shaped like sharks, spiders, and skulls; and infinity mirrors. Make Escher in Het Paleis a part of your The Hague vacation plans using our The Hague trip itinerary builder app .
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  • August 17, 2017
    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.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Found it personally a nice museum for young and old. The museum is also a piece of interactive what makes it more fun. It is also the museum in the old palace of Emma giving you two birds with one stone:) have I thought it was well worth the effort. Tip: there is a free audio guide available but you have to download an app and so also bring headphones.
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  • August 16, 2017
    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 th...  more »
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  • June 17, 2017
    This was a great introduction to Escher - I now count myself as a fan. The gallery is just the right size (i.e not so big that you very fatigued) and not too overcrowded, even on a Saturday. Interesting building too, and some cool interactive pieces on the top floor, but Escher's artwork is definitely the highlight.
  • April 25, 2017
    Nicely laid out exhibition that covers the entirety of Escher's career in an easy-to-follow progression through the palace. Two floors of artwork, and then one more for the fun interactive stuff. There are free lockers, clean toilets, a little coffee/tea bar overlooking the garden labyrinth, and a well-stocked souvenir shop. Sadly, the gallery is set to move elsewhere in the near-future, so enjoy this location while you can.
  • February 23, 2017
    I love Escher, and love historic buildings, but I'm not sure this combination works well together in this case. As an art collection, it's fabulous, and really tells the chronology of Escher's work and inspiration. However, most of the pieces were basically mounted and displayed in rooms adorned with period window coverings, which doesn't augment the experience. It essentially felt like a historic house tour with a random modern art collection for in it - an obvious juxtaposition of old and new. Plus the tour ends abruptly on the second floor in a set of rooms dedicated to the house itself, rather than art (although the tour resumes on the third floor focusing on modern interpretations of Escher's work) The free audio app tour was very helpful, and I think the small gift shop offered some of the best assortment of gifts of any I've been to anywhere. The space is not wheelchair accessible, and has many stairs, uneven floors and narrow halls to navigate. The storage lockers (costs a refundable €1 coin), restrooms and cafe are in the basement, and can be a bit crowded. Overall, still well worth the visit. I hope each of the building and the art receives more specific attention in the future to best display its own unique qualities.
  • July 6, 2017
    Very good view of all his art and a lot of Dutch history. No backpacks allowed. gotta stuff 'm in a locker
  • December 10, 2016
    Magical museum combining the old residential palace of a member of the royal family with the main draw of arguably the most mathematically gifted artist, M. C. Escher. Drawings and prints of his abound that are justly famous. That's not the only attraction though because there are Escher's unique take on lighting as well as revealing the printing process that he painstakingly went through to produce such marvels. Also included are works inspired by Escher from other artists. It's child friendly, with a puzzle sheet to complete as you tour around. There's a (refunded) left-luggage facility next to the cafe and toilets in the basement. The staff are good with the children as well.

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