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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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Ranked #4 of 54 Attractions in The Hague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

A quirky museum housed in an 18th century Royal Palace. I didn't know much about Escher but found his artwork and development of his patterns fascinating. The museum has a very relaxed atmosphere with plenty to see, including the numerous cartoon-like chandeliers. There is also a fun activity area to help you understand some of his optical illusions. Great for... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Hague is a great destination for any art lover, and Escher's museum is a must stop. The master or optical illusions is presented in a worthy manner in this beautiful building (a former royal residence too). The atmosphere is fantastic, Escher's works are a feast for the eye. The exhibition is fun for kids, as there are some interactive... More 

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

If you are a fan of Escher do not miss this exhibit. You are bound to learn new information regarding this Dutch artist that you may not find elsewhere. It is also a treat to see the palace where Dutch royalty has lived - I believe Queen Juliana.....

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The Hague
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This nice, quite informal museum at the monumental Lange Voorhout gives you a very good impression of Escher's work and the way it developed. You can also participate in a number of optical illusions to give you a feel of the way Escher constructed his drawings. Very interesting and also very nice for kids to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Beautiful & historical museum as it was once the home of Queen Beatrix mum... The chandeliers are all shaped like different objects ,a spider, a sea horse, a violin, a skull & cross bones.. The Escher art work is mind blowing if you like surrealist art..

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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is worth a day trip. The building is well preserved and the exhibit includes plenty of photos, writings and preparatory drawings in addition to the amazing finished pieces. Just wish the gift shop had a larger selection of T-shirts, but it was still loaded with tempting goodies.

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Felpham, West Sussex, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Interesting fellow this MC Escher. I knew only the more obvious of his works and it was a real pleasure to discover his life and works in their entirety and within a proper context. Lovely building too. Particular thanks go to one of the volunteers who answered my questions in a very friendly and caring way. Nice cafe too. After... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Lots to see and do. Not just art. V interactive. V comprehensive collection and explanations about how he did it.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I'll be honest. My partner and I aren't really fond of museums. This place we visited upon recommendation of a friend. Part visual splendour, part science museum, and part art gallery. The location is housed in an old palace, where in itself was a fascinating place to see. We enjoyed the many photo ops and 'riddles' we had to solve.... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

so private, so warm, so special. If you want to see real boutique museum, here it is.

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