open on mondays in july and august



In view of the continuing interest in Escher’s Journey, in July and August the Fries Museum will open an additional seven times on Mondays, from 1 pm to 5 pm. With the enormous number of visitors and the enthusiastic reactions, the exhibition has proven to be a great success. The Fries Museum recommends that admission tickets be booked in advance online. This ensures that visitors will be able to enter the exhibition on the day and at the time they specify.

The large exhibition Escher’s Journey opened in Leeuwarden on 28 April. The exhibition was regularly sold out right from the start and has drawn more than 50,000 visitors in six weeks. Due to the overwhelming interest, the museum has decided to open the museum an hour earlier. Now the opening hours are once again being extended. The Fries Museum is open Monday 9, 16 and 23 July and Monday 6, 13, 20 and 27 August from 1 pm to 5 pm. It will be closed on Monday 30 July because this is when several prints from the exhibition will be replaced. This is necessary because of the long duration of the exhibition. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

time slots

In order to offer visitors the best possible experience, the Fries Museum uses time slots. The time slots apply to the chosen time of arrival, not the duration of the visit. It is recommended that admission tickets be ordered via the museum's website. With their ticket visitors also have access to the rest of the museum, including Phantom Limb: Art beyond Escher, as well as the Fries Verzetsmuseum (Frisian Resistance Museum).

escher’s journey

Escher’s Journey makes M.C. Escher’s development as a visual artist tangible. The exhibition focuses on the enormous influence that the locations Escher visited had on his work. With more than eighty original prints, about twenty drawings as well as various photographs and objects, visitors follow in the footsteps of this travel-mad graphic artist. XPEX Amsterdam’s innovative exhibition design enhances the experience of Escher’s life and work. In the popular Escherstudio, a reconstruction of his workshop in Rome by art director Leo Zandvliet, visitors can make a selfie with a sphere in which the studio is reflected; a reference to the masterpiece Hand with Reflecting Sphere (1935). An audiotour enables visitors to truly walk in Escher’s shoes. In the audio tour Escher’s own words are voiced by director Peter Greenaway.


The exhibition ‘Escher’s Journey’ is made possible by ING, the Blockbuster Fund, the Mondriaan Fund, the Municipality of Leeuwarden, St. Anthony Gasthuis, De Haan Advocaten & Notarissen, Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018, Aegon, Fryslân Province and the BankGiro Lottery.

The Fries Museum is co-funded by the Ir. Abe Bonnema Foundation, the Province of Friesland, the Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland, EZ/Kompas, the BankGiro Lottery and Aegon.