Escher in the Palace is a museum in The Hague, Netherlands, that showcases the works of the famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. The museum is located in the former winter palace of Queen Emma, a historic building that dates back to the 18th century. The museum displays over 150 prints and drawings by Escher, including his iconic optical illusions, such as Air and Water, Belvedere, Waterfall, and Drawing Hands. The museum also features a permanent exhibition on Escher’s teacher and friend Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, who influenced his style and technique.
Escher in the Palace is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 17:00.
The Escher in the Palace’s admission fee is €10 for adults, €7 for students and seniors, and €6.50 for children aged 7 to 15. Children under 7 can enter for free.The museum also accepts various discount passes, such as the Museumkaart and the I amsterdam City Card. You can buy tickets online or at the entrance. The museum offers free audio guides in several languages, which you can listen to through the IZI Travel app or on the museum’s website.
To get to the Escher in the Palace, you can take tram line 15 or 16 and get off at Korte Voorhout, which is a short walk from the museum. Alternatively, you can take bus line 22 or 24 and get off at Lange Voorhout. If you come by car, you can park at Plein or Malieveld parking garages, which are both about 10 minutes away from the museum by foot.
Some tips for visiting the Escher in the Palace are:
- Book your tickets online in advance to avoid queues and secure your preferred time slot.
- Don’t miss the third floor of the museum, where you can experience various interactive displays and optical illusions, such as the Escher Room, where you can appear smaller or larger than your companions.
- Check out the chandeliers made by artist Hans van Bentem, which are inspired by Escher’s works and the palace’s history. You can find them in different rooms of the museum, such as a shark, a skull, a spider, and a seahorse.
- Enjoy the parquet floor designed by minimalist artist Donald Judd, which features different colors and geometric patterns.
- Take a photo in Escher’s room and collect a digital copy on the museum’s website.
Some prohibitions for visiting the Escher in the Palace are:
- Do not touch any of the artworks or displays.
- Do not use flash photography or tripods.
- Do not bring large bags or backpacks into the museum. You can leave them in the cloakroom for free.
- Do not eat or drink inside the museum. You can visit the Escher Café on the ground floor for refreshments.
- Do not bring pets into the museum. Only guide dogs are allowed.
Some highlights of what to see in the Escher in the Palace are:
- Metamorphosis III, a 7-meter-long print that shows a series of transformations from one image to another.
- Sky and Water I, a print that depicts birds and fish interlocking with each other in a tessellation pattern.
- Relativity, a print that shows a complex architectural structure with different gravity directions.
- Magic Mirror, a lithograph that shows Escher’s self-portrait reflected in a spherical mirror.
- Day and Night, a print that shows two Dutch landscapes changing from day to night and vice versa.