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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 to visitOpen daily from 9am - 7pm. Open until 10pm on Fridays and 9pm on Saturdays.
- What is the price?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 tips
- 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
We had a great bike tour with our personal guide Elva! She showed is the highlights and must-sees in the City Centre of Amsterdam! If you have only one day to spend time in Amsterdam: book this trip!
I bought e-ticket in case not to wait in long queue. As I knew after 2 hours (during this time I asked for staffs if I have any opportunities not to wait.. they said - no)), well, in these 2 hours I've known that should buy ticket with time :) Maybe I wan't so careful and you have this information on your website, Anyway, good place to say hello to Amsterdam. You can "face to face to Van Gogh", enjoy tasty cup of coffee, walk around great area
Great layout within the Museum. Excellent examples of work and the audio guide was really helpful. Very sympathetic presentation and approach towards the artist and those of his inner circle. He was an artist who should not just be remembered for his sunflowers or his mental illness, but his inspirational style which incorporated trends of the time, but was also forward looking, inspiring other artists. The devotion of his brother and his sister in-law after Theo's death is truly touching.
We used the special activity sheet for children. My daughter sent through the museum's floors, and learned about the paintings.
We had an excellent time. I was worried about 3 hours of riding but there were a lot of breaks and it was very interesting would definitely recommend this tour