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If you’re anything like us, when you hear Van Gogh, you think Starry Night and sliced-off ears. When in Amsterdam, head to the Van Gogh Museum to get to know more about his life, and prepare to be dazzled by his best works, featured here.
Van Gogh viewed this painting as proof that he could be a good figure painter. He wanted to depict peasants as they really were, and deliberately chose ugly models.
Born in the Netherlands, Van Gogh moved to Arles, France in later years, seeking refuge from drinking. He painted his bedroom in his home, the Yellow House, while recovering from an illness.
The post-impressionist artist created two series of sunflowers for the purpose of decorating a room in the Yellow House for his fellow painter and friend, Gauguin.
Van Gogh struggled with mental illness, and painted irises while living in an asylum in France before his death in 1890. He brought emotion to life in his flowers and still lifes.
Van Gogh painted a series of the view from over the wheatfield from the window of the asylum: the scene after a storm, with a reaper, in autumn, and with spring flowers.
Located in Museum Square in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum holds the largest collection of his paintings and drawings. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum shows many of Van Gogh’s impressionist and post-impressionist contemporaries. There’s also a café, and a shop where you can pick up prints of the artist’s best works.
The Van Gogh Museum is open daily from 9am to 7pm, until 10pm on Fridays and 9pm on Saturdays.
Admission starts at 17€ per person. When it comes to learning about Van Gogh’s life and seeing his lively brushstrokes up close and personal, this is a can't-miss experience.
- When should I visit?Open daily from 9am - 7pm. Open until 10pm on Fridays and 9pm on Saturdays.
- Is it expensive?Admission starts at €17.
- Will I need a guide?No, feel free to enjoy the paintings in the museum for yourself!
- How to get thereVan Baerlestraat is the nearest tram stop (via lines 2, 3, 5, 12). Or you can use bus 145, 170, or 172 to Museumplein.
- Additional information
- It is forbidden to take photographs of the paintings in the museum unless you are a journalist and apply for permission in advance.
- Book online to skip the lines!
What people are saying about Van Gogh Museum
I have been to the VGM many times and I will go back there again in the future. It's a must see in Amsterdam so don't miss it if you are visiting this awesome city. Not only it has great pieces but the painter's history is well described in English! Love it!
It is a very well planned and beautifully laid out exhibit of not only the artisit’s work but the corresponding influences both personal and artistic. Many times however his works were difficult to see because of terrible glare from very poorly designed lighting.
The Museumplein with anchors - Rjicksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum were awesome!! The architecture of Amsterdam along with the canal system is a real tribute to historic preservation in process. The green space such as Vondelpark & other squares with interurban spots to find shade on bicycle tours are appreciated! The Rembrandt House & Old Towne / Red Light District with all the unique differences from Churches to demonstration art is illustrative of your policy of tolerance. Our hotel - Apollo - overlooked the intersection of five canals which gave us ab aerial perspective of crew skulls rowing to canal tours and personal watercraft for pleasure & work. We had wished we had more time before our cruise up the Rhine River. We hope to return to your lovely city with Culture - History & People to explore more with I Amsterdam Pass!! Gemutlichkeit!!
Card allowed us to book time specific entry to tge Heiniken Experience. No line!!
We hit it hard for two days with a 48 hour ticket. By then we wanted to slow down & take in the city which was a great way to experience the sites, culture & people. A wise investment with all that we saw. Thanks!