Escher in Het Paleis Tours and Activities
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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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Play a city game where you will follow clues to discover the most iconic buildings of The Hague, the political capital of the Netherlands, and the living and working place of the Dutch Royal Family. Are you ready for an adventure? Highlights: Discover the city’s rich cultural history and the tales of its iconic buildings. Find out the gruesome stories of the prisoners in De Gevangenpoort. Learn about the Dutch Royal Family. Stroll along De Binnenhof, visit current and past residencies of the Royal Family, and see the city’s mesmerizing churches. Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you answer the questions, solve the challenge, or guess the answer, the secret story of each place is unlocked.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Qula The Hague City Trail will guide you along the best spots in The Hague, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more). The Qula City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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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.
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