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Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

Address: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH The Hague, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 70 427 7730
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Escher at the Palace is dedicated to the work of Holland’s most...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Cypress, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The most fun you can have without being in an altered state of consciousness. The third floor is the best...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

A museum of Escher artwork. The first floor is his landscape stuff. The second floor is his weirder optical illusion stuff. The third floor is more interactive about optical illusions and great for the kids since they will have been bored on the first two. Not cheap but not overly expensive. It was something like 10 euro a person and... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We are living in Holland for the next five months for work, and so we have vowed to spend weekends exploring the country and getting to know it as intimately as possible, having never been here before. We went to Den Haag yesterday, intending to visit Madurodam (we have reviewed it also- highly recommended) and had no idea that there... More 

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South Pole
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I love Escher's work. But this museum is a double treat. Not only will you see all of his well know and also lesser known works, you will also be walking through a former Dutch palace. Royal residences are normally not open to the public in the Netherlands, so this place is quite interesting!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is now my favorite museum in the Netherlands. Escher's work is amazing and the museum has many additional information. The only downside is that they don't accept the museum card...

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Assen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Escher was capable to draw the impossible while it looks realistics. His graphics are excellent an remarkeble. Some of his experiments are build to full scale and you can test them yourselves how you can be misled by optical trics. Really recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Escher is one of my favorite artists so this was a must see for me. Not only do you get to see his original works but it is housed in an old palace with it's own history and story to tell. Unfortunately it is not included for admission with the Netherlands museum card but it is worth the price. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this museum - the whole place has a fascinating history well told in explanation panels throughout. A must visit if you are a fan of Eschers and also if you want to learn more about the techniques that he used - all the information is in Dutch and English. Very interesting interactives at the... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Very friendly, logical, interesting for all family members, the museum is worth your time investment of esca 1 hour. You will also find some nice souvenirs after the tour, as well as a nice cup of coffee in the cellar... Why 4 out of 5: we had to stand under the rain for 20' to enter the museum, as there... More 

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Scheveningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

do not miss the top floor - very interesting. If you are not into art - still go there. A look at the website of Escher may also help to digest his work!

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