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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
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.
I wish that I could have started the following day since I arrived late in the day and didn't use it for day one.
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.
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
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Bart. Very knowledgable. Lots of in depth stories and anecdotes made the paintings come to life.