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Escher in the Palace

At the head of Lange Voorhout in The Hague stands a small 18th-century palace now dedicated to the work of M.C. Escher (1898-1972). The Dutch graphic artist who made water flow uphill, turned birds into fish and made hands draw each other. Queen Emma bought the building in 1896, renovated it extensively and lived there between 1901 and her death in 1934. The queens Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix used it as a working palace and received ambassadors here. It is the only public building in The Hague where the old palace function can still be experienced.

Escher in het Paleis
The former working palace of the monarchs on the beautiful Lange Voorhout is now a museum and houses the permanent exhibition of the Netherlands’ most famous graphic artist, M.C. Escher. Escher (1898-1972) was a master at drawing unreal situations and captivated everyone with his wonderful world. In his work, he makes water flow uphill, birds turn into fish and men walk up and down the same stairs endlessly. With one hundred and thirty works, museum Escher in het Paleis has almost all the pieces by the world-famous Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) on display. The highlight is the 7 meter long Metamorphosis III. This enormous woodcut and its unusual arrangement allows the viewer to experience the Escher coupling of eternity and infinity through which time and space are united into an organic whole.

Experience the world of Escher
The second floor has been transformed into an interactive world for the presentation Look Like Escher. Through the innovative attractions, you become part of Escher’s world: in a magic sphere, worlds appear and disappear. In one room walls seem to change and move, a little further on is an exciting floor! In Escher’s Room you step into his magical world. You change the perspective yourself: children appear larger than their parents. The room with optical art is very special. You think you see movement but it is not there: optical art, like Escher’s, is about optical illusion. In addition to these fun attractions, treasure hunts are available for younger children. In the regular vacations there are also workshops for children.