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Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

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Address: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH The Hague, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 70 427 7730
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Description: Escher at the Palace is dedicated to the work of Holland’s most famous...
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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As a fan of Eschers work this is a must visit location. A lot of information about the artist and his life, three floors with his artwork and interactive features.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

As a fan of Eschers work this is a must visit location. A lot of information about the artist and his life, three floors with his artwork and interactive features.

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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The building itself is amazing and well explained. The chandeliers are novel and beautiful in all sorts of shapes from a bird in flight to a cello to a scull and crossbones. Escher's life and work are explained very well, and the displays of his work are amazing. The top floor has some very interesting things including a movie of... More 

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Queenston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Escher is a world renowned artist. On the first floor you learn allot about himself and his early works. This took longer than we had planned (1 hour) since it was more interesting than we thought. It is also very nice to read on the "windows", what the rooms were used for during Queen Emma's time here. We had to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This museum offers a history of M.C. Escher's work, showing the influences on various phases of his life and how his later "mindscape" drawings / lithgraphs are echoing his earlier themes. For those with a less artistic bent there are some great interactive sections, with a movie inspired by his themes of the infinite and morphosis, a "perspective room", some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Boy, this guy Escher sure has a different mindset. Love his drawings! The building is awesome. Friendly staff.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very nice museum! Possible to take nice pictures in special photographer area with optical effect - good memory!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Escher in Het Paleis is definitely a must-see in the Hague. His works are presented and commented along with some biographic facts and photographs. All that in a building with a history itself. Some additional activities are available for kids to keep their attention throughout the visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Maybe we were just tired after Mauritshuis, but we found it a struggle to maintain interest as we wound our way up three floors. The history of Escher is presented very well, a few of his more famous works are here. The rooms on the third floor were stiflingly warm, this effected our patience I think.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Came here with my friends. It was so fun and cool. Escher is clearly one of the genius artist in the world. I think everyone will enjoy this museum, especially if you are an art enthusiast. But even if you are not that much into art, the display of this museum and the hanging crystal lamps will amaze you. Kids... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Ok, this museum is just fun. It combines great exhvits on the life and work of Escher, which are mind bending enough, with exhibits on the life of Queen Emma, great grandmother of the current king, whose palace the museum used to be. Surreal graphics and sort of homey royalty. Very Dutch. Both parts of the collection are well done... More 

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