Grote Kerkstraat 11 The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics


* We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that your museum visit is both safe and pleasant. Visit www.friesmuseum.nl/bezoek for the latest visitor information.*

Admission to the museum is free for visitors under the age of 18.

In the heart of the historic city centre of Leeuwarden you will find the 18th century city palace of Maria Louise of Hesse-Kassel, princess of Orange Nassau, ancestress of King Willem-Alexander. In 1898, the world-famous graphic artist M.C. Escher was born in the same building. The entrance to the museum is via the garden on the Groeneweg, adjacent to the Prinsentuin (garden of princes). Two exhibitions on the first floor give a glimpse into the life of these two famous residents of the Princessehof.

It becomes clear th…

* We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that your museum visit is both safe and pleasant. Visit www.friesmuseum.nl/bezoek for the latest visitor information.*

Admission to the museum is free for visitors under the age of 18.

In the heart of the historic city centre of Leeuwarden you will find the 18th century city palace of Maria Louise of Hesse-Kassel, princess of Orange Nassau, ancestress of King Willem-Alexander. In 1898, the world-famous graphic artist M.C. Escher was born in the same building. The entrance to the museum is via the garden on the Groeneweg, adjacent to the Prinsentuin (garden of princes). Two exhibitions on the first floor give a glimpse into the life of these two famous residents of the Princessehof.

It becomes clear that Maria Louise played a crucial role in the continuation of the Orange Dynasty. Would there even have been a royal family these days, without her? In the small exhibition At Home With Escher, visitors get to know the young Maurits Escher. Through photos from his youth and objects, the connection between Escher and the Princessehof becomes clearer than ever. One of the world’s finest 3D street artists, Leon Keer, made a large mural on the wall and ceiling inspired by Escher’s work Convex and Concave. With his three-dimensional interpretation of that work, Keer creates optical illusions in the vaulted basement of the house where Escher was born.

These days, the Princessehof houses the National Ceramics Museum. Here you will find temporary, high-profile exhibitions, but also rare Imperial porcelain from China and beautiful Art Nouveau ceramics. The museum also displays iconic Delft Blue and work by artists such as Picasso and Karel Appel.

Contact

Address:
Grote Kerkstraat 11
8911DZ Leeuwarden
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Data & times

  • every Mondayclosed
  • every Tuesdayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Wednesdayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Fridayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • every Sundayfrom 11:00 to 17:00

Prices

  • Adults€12.50
  • Adults€2.50 Preview Princessehof
  • Children€0.00 Children and adolescents (under the age of 18)
  • CJP (Cultureel Jongeren Paspoort)€9.50 Combi ticket with the Fries Museum
  • MJK (Museumjaarkaart)€0.00
  • Payment options: Cash, PIN, Credit card

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