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Get to Know Van Gogh: Musee Van Gogh

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.

The Potato Eaters 1885

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.

The Bedroom 1888

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.

Sunflowers 1889

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.

Irises 1890

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.

Wheatfield with a Reaper 1889

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.

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Visiting the Museum

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.

How Much Is Admission?

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.

Good to know

  • 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 there
    Van 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

One of the best art experiences ever! Do it twice.

Like a highly rich meal, you need time in between courses to digest the content. Two hours one day and return the next day for more would be an even better experience. Be sure to listen to all of the audio opportunities.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by Stuart, 05/10/2018

Our guide was exceptionable: knowledgeable, personal and professional.

Pieter was the best art history guide we’ve ever had. We loved every minute of the day.

Skip the Line: Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum with Canal Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/16/2018

Very much enjoyed the canal cruise and museum visit.

Alert your guests that the museum has nothing to do with the canal cruise. However, the staff of the museum were very helpful, in providing a map on how to arrive at the Blue Boat Tours location.

This a must-go if you are visiting Amsterdam.

The museum had the iconic paintings by Van Gogh and also told his unique life story. It was an extremely inspiring and educational experience. Whether you are an art-lover or not this is one place you must visit if you travel to Amsterdam.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by Alina, 03/06/2018

Amazing art, great building incredibly busy

The audio for 5 euro is a must. Was very busy and often hard to see. Disappointed that Starry Night wasn't there but would still recommend.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/05/2018

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