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Escher in The Palace is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art startled millions of people around the world. Maurits Cornelis Escher was a graphic artist, who lived between 1898 and 1972. He was the absolute master in creating impossible situations and optical illusions in woodcuts and litho-graphs. 'Escher in the Palace' (Escher in het Paleis) is a permanent exhibition in a former palace of the Royal Family in the historical heart of The Hague. Enjoy the things to do at Escher in The Palace, it's definitely worth your tickets!
Enjoy the things to do at Escher in The Palace
Of course, the first thing to do at Escher in The Palace is to see the exhibition. The exhibition at Escher in the Palace combines unique works of art with biographical material including photographs, letters, and preliminary sketches. Escher mainly worked with printing techniques such as woodcut, lithography, mezzotint and tessellation. With over 150 prints you can always see the best known works and a changing selection of graphic work and tessellations from the complete works of Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972) at the museum in The Hague. Highlight of the visit and crown on the exhibition is the seven meters long Metamorphosis III. This enormous woodcut and the non-conventional way of displaying it lets the visitor actually experience Escher combining time and space as an organic unity.
Imagine drawings with water floating upwards, never-ending staircases, reptiles crawling vicious circles between objects on a desk, escaping and reentering the paper that they are drawn on, hands coming out of a piece of paper and drawing themselves. To most people, these things are hard to imagine, let alone to draw. But it's all there in the Escher museum, 'Escher in the Palace'.
The second floor of the museum has been changed into a special experience for the presentation: In the Eye of Escher. You are able to unravel some of Escher's mysteries like the Impossible Penrose Triangle by constructing one yourself. The extra presentation In the Eye of Escher shows various themes in which Escher was involved, like reflection, perception and perspective. As well as these fun attractions, there are also scavenger hunts for younger children.
The Escher collection is borrowed from the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The palace at the beautiful Lange Voorhout in The Hague has been owned by the Dutch Royal Family in the past and it was Queen Emma, great-grandmother of King Willem-Alexander, who bought it in 1896. In the MC Cafe visitors can see what the 19th-century interior looked like. A perfect place for the imaginary to meet the building's rich past.
A fun thing to do at Escher in The Palace is to visit the cafe. The MC Cafe is a pleasant place to take a break in your museum visit in the former kitchen of Queen Emma. Here, in addition to enjoying the extensive daily selection, you can also reserve a celebrationary high tea.
Another thing to do at Escher in The Palace is to shop. The museum shop is located on the ground floor in one of the beautiful rooms of the Palace. Besides exclusive gifts, you can buy a great many Escher mementos such as books, mugs, T-shirts, cards, jigsaw puzzles, jewelry and posters.
How to Get Tickets?
Get your ticket online on Escher in The Palace's official website. It's easy to get your tickets, just order the tickets online and pay. Your e-tickets then will be emailed to you and you can show your e-tickets on your mobile device or print the tickets and bring them when you visit.
How To Get Around?
Escher in The Palace is accessible by foot and wheelchairs.
What Should I Wear?
Anything comfortable should be fine in this place. Wear comfortable shoes and jeans as you will walk a lot here.
Best Time to Visit
Mornings are usually the best time to visit since it's not too crowded yet. After buying your tickets, you can enjoy the museum for yourself.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can find everything you need on this website. There is also a free audiotour available on the Izi app that works offline. You can find it on the museum's official website and download it before you buy your tickets.
How To Get There?
Museum Escher in the Palace is located at the Lange Voorhout lane in the city centre of The Hague. The museum is easily reached by car, public transportation and bicycle. From the Utrechtsebaan (A4 and A12) follow signs to 'Centrum'. Parking around the museum is limited, though. You can use Interparking Museumkwartier, or parking Malieveld. From the Central Station in The Hague it's a short, ten-minute walk via Koningskade and Korte Voorhout to the museum. Traveling by tram, you can take tram 1 or 9 in the direction of Scheveningen beach from either Central Station or Hollands Spoor.