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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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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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An Escher dream come true

A small but comprehensive collection, featuring all of Escher's best known prints, an interesting informational video about his life, and explanation on the thinking and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a little gem that is really worth a visit if you have a museum card (it normally pays for itself in a few days so get one).

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Thank 275Alan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A small but comprehensive collection, featuring all of Escher's best known prints, an interesting informational video about his life, and explanation on the thinking and techniques he used to produce his intriguing art. A delight for lovers of geometry, illusion, and graphic art.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice museum dedicated to Escher, Dutch graphical artist. Also visual illusions on top floor and a nice museum shop. Does not accept Museumkaart ;-(

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is a small museum with lots to see. I really enjoyed the movie about Esher's life. And they have a fun little selfie area where you dress up and take photos. The art is amazing and it does not feel like a traditional museum. So many interesting interactive exhibits. Great for kids over 8. I saw a lot there... More 

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Laagri, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like op art, if you like geometric art, this museum is for you. In the first floor my teenager was disappointed, but he loved very much last one.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit, some great optics that will have your eyes playing tricks on you. Spread over 3 floors in an old residence with lots of character in a beautiful setting in the city. Helpful staff and really finely detailed art.

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Thank cc_KL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved the interactive exhibits and featured modern art installations. I have always enjoyed Escher's artwork, but I knew very little about him as a person. Now I know more and have seen many of his original prints. I would definitely go back again, next time with friends along.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This opens at 11am. Remember to bring headphones as you can download a free app that gives an excellent audio guide. Escher's life and work is incredibly interesting. His sketches are enlightening and you realise the skill that went into his pieces. The tessellations are colourful and quite beautiful. We spent 2 hours there which was surprising. It's quite compact... More 

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Liege, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from all the wonderful works of this excellent and immensely creative designer and engraver, you will see documents retracing his life and at the top floor a display of exhibits which will allow you to experience the strangeness of spaces and scales similar to those of the drawings. The palace which hosts the museum is an interesting historic monument.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very nice museum with a good explanation of the artworks and the way Escher produced them. Also the place itself is nice to see there was also some explanation about the building itself.

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