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. Before you head to The Hague, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly The Hague vacation generator, to make sure you see all that The Hague has to offer, including Escher in Het Paleis.
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  • Special combination of historic building with art. The interactive section on the upper floor is for children like best.
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  • The escher Museum is really beautiful and fascinating, worth the price of admission since there is a very extensive collection plus other very nice optical illusion works of other artists, recommended!
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  • Interesting Museum! However, only Dutch and English explanations. Beautiful works in a beautiful, old House. Also an optical illusions on the upper floor, as in Escher's work!
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very good view of all his art and a lot of Dutch history. No backpacks allowed. gotta stuff 'm in a locker
  • 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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True to its role as the residence of the Dutch king, The Hague offers accommodations fit for royalty. The five-star hotels in the historical town center provide spacious rooms loaded with modern amenities, as well as easy foot access to most of the city's cultural sights. The Hague's elegant seaside resort of Scheveningen offers even more lodging options for travelers wishing to indulge themselves during their trip. If you're visiting on a limited budget, explore the city's economical guesthouses and youth hostels.
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