Escher in Het Paleis Tours
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Behind the 17th-century façade of this palace – formerly the winter home of Queen Emma of the Netherlands – lies a startlingly eccentric collection of works of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher. The palace is located on The Hague’s elegant boulevard of Lange Voorhout and as befits its royal residence, has a series of lavishly appointed rooms plus an ornate Art Nouveau staircase that was installed in 1901 along with glimmering stained-glass windows in the skylights of the main hall.
Maurits Cornelis Escher lived between 1898-1972 and became famous for his slightly demented lithographs, woodcuts and engravings as well as drawings and prints playing with perspective. He travelled right across Europe, living in Italy and Switzerland and drawing on influences as far apart as the Alhambra in Granada and the bucolic landscape of Tuscany.
The museum opened in 2002 and has the world’s largest collection of Escher’s highly eccentric work, which somehow fits perfectly into the opulence of Queen Emma’s palace. Highlights include the vast woodcut Metamorphosis III as well as the ‘In the Eye of Escher’ exhibition on the second story, where games are played with perspective. The permanent displays include his early Italian landscapes, family portraits and many of his ingenious ‘impossible’ optical illusion prints and woodcuts.
There are scavenger hunts and workshops for kids in the school holidays in a ‘lab’ completely decorated with Escher’s confusing perspective patterns, a museum store selling Escher-centric books and prints plus a café.
The museum is open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm; admission is €9. It is easily accessible from Den Haag station by tram or bus.
Address: Lange Voorhout 74, The Hague, The Netherlands 2514 EH, Netherlands
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-5pm
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2 Tours and Activities to Experience Escher in Het Paleis
Marvel at the optical illusions of Dutch artist M C Escher with entrance to the Escher in the Palace (Escher in Het Pales) exhibition in The Hague. Head inside the exhibition, housed in the former Royal Palace, and view over 150 of Escher’s mathematically inspired masterpieces independently. Admire the 20th-century artist’s best-known pieces, including ‘Descending and Ascending;’ a depiction of a never-ending staircase; and chart his early works and life story. Finish at the interactive exhibition zone that lets you try and solve some of Escher’s artistic puzzles by hand.
Do you want to capture beautiful moments during your visit to The Hague and take surprising photos? I will help you with both. During the creative photography workshop in the center of The Hague I will take you on a fun tour of the most beautiful places in The Hague. You get personal tips at your own level. The group workshop is a 1 on 1 lesson experience and therefore it is open to all photographic levels. I can adapt to all my students: beginners and advanced students with a reflex camera, students with a compact camera or a smartphone.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regular temperature checks for staff
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What are Escher in Het Paleis hours of operation?
Escher in Het Paleis hours of operation: Tue-Sun 11am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Escher in Het Paleis tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Escher in Het Paleis can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 Escher in Het Paleis tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Escher in Het Paleis 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Escher in Het Paleis costs USD 12.38. Guided Escher in Het Paleis tours start around USD 12.38 per person. See all 2 Escher in Het Paleis tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Escher in Het Paleis?
The best ways to experience Escher in Het Paleis are:
- Admission for Escher in Het Paleis in The Hague
- Photography Workshop in The Hague
- Self-Guided Interactive Walking Tour of The Hague
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