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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Hours

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

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 15,772 reviews

Wonderful and informative way to visit the museums!

My visit to Amsterdam was for only two nights. I’m an artist, so the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum were the most important attractions on my list. Due to its popularity, I wasn’t aware I had to purchase Van Gogh tickets in advance online. I was so disappointed. Luckily I found this small group tour and signed up. Our guide, Marjoke was very pleasant and informative. She spoke perfect English and was educated about art history. She took us on a very interesting tour with an educational backstory of the important pieces of art. I left the tour with a broader understanding of the art and Van Gogh himself. My only frustration was some of our participants were late and we had to use precious time waiting for them! Also, the tour didn’t include the special Rembrandt exhibition at the Rijks but luckily we were able to get tickets. That should be clear in the description. Marjoke was an excellent tour guide! I’d recommend this tour.

Excellent organization combining history with fun

A highly recommended tour not tiring despite the long duration. Monique our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun taking care of all of us. We enjoyed every minute of our tour if there was one thing to change that would be have a shorter lunch break and add 20 minutes on the Van Gogh museum that was a bit rushed. Great experience thank you

Wonderful day, with excellent venues and in Pieter an outstanding lead

Pieter made an outstanding day so much the better, with his dry, witty comments and his management of the group. We’ve visited many museums/galleries around the world, none better than these two.

Great collection and of Van Gogh paintings.

Van Gogh Museum was excellent but crowds were way too much. Avoid high season and midday. Boat tour on Lovers Tours was great! I never expected it to be informative or pleasant. A must!

Our guide's passion for van Gogh and his story was contagious.

Our guide's passion for van Gogh and his work was contagious and enhanced our enjoyment of his work at all the future museums we encountered his work on my trip.

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