Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam stores the biggest collection of paintings made by the genius Dutch artist, Van Gogh. The museum is located on the popular museum square of Museumplein 6. It was opened for the first time back in the 1973rd year. The modern exhibition wing, on the other side, was added in the 1999th year. The last addition to the building is the impressive glaze lobby, placed on the side of Museumplein square, which, debuted in the 2015th year.
Vincent Van Gogh’s painting collection is displayed in the three floors of the museum. It is supplemented by some masterpieces drawn by the painter’s contemporaries such as Gauguin and Monet. Gogh’s pieces of art are spread in sections. Inside the museum you will enjoy paintings from the artist’s darker period such as “The potato eaters” from 1885th year and “Skull of Skeleton with Burning cigarette” from the next, 1886th year, both created in Holland. In addition to these, there are Gogh’s emblematic portraits displayed to review his creative work after moving in Paris. Last, but not least, you will see Gogh’s paintings drawn during his more colorful period in South France such as the “Yellow house” from 1888th year and “Sunflowers” from 1889th year.
At the entrance of the museum the museum shop is placed where you can buy some amazing reproductions of any Gogh’s popular painting or some interesting souvenir, inspired by the painter’s works. On the third floor you will find a bookshop. With its more than 1500 articles, the bookshop is a real treasure-house full of information about the Dutch artist and his works. As a final of your tour you can go to the museum stylish café where a wide range of refreshing drinks and tasty meals are served.
What should I know before a visit of Van Gogh Museum?
- Nearby the museum there are paid parking spaces, so have them in mind if you come with a car
- The museum works every day round the whole year
- Traditionally, it takes 2 hours to see the entire museum
- The best time for a visit is between 9 and 11 in the morning or after 15 o’clock.
- Please, have in mind that the last visits in the museum are allowed 30 minutes before the end of the working time.
Tickets are available for purchase online. There are a limited number of tickets available per each official starting time of the tour. On mandatory, book a ticket in advance to make sure you will be able to visit the museum. The ticket gives you an access to both: the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions.
Kids under 18 years old, as well as Museumkaart or City of Amsterdam card owners enter the museum for free, but, they should still book an entrance in advance.
Audio Guide tours
The audio guide will provide you curious information about Van Gogh’s life and creative work. On the other side, it will help you see the artist’s pieces of art from a different perspective. Regardless of what you want to see – whether only some of the accents in his collection, or to discover the entire museum treasure with your family, or maybe, some detailed tour, you can always find the right and most suitable for you audio guide. There are even audio guides for some of the museum special exhibitions.
The audio guide tours in the museum are available in 11 different languages and English is included, too. The audio guide service is charged with an extra fee apart from the ticket fee. There are discounts for kids between 13 and 17 years old. You can book your audio guide alongside with your online ticket in advance.
- If you are a group of 6 or more people, you can book a group tour that will give you a faster access to the museum. In addition to this, you can require multimedia guide that will navigate you during the tour.
- School groups – group tours specially tailored according to the age of the students are available, too. The museum provides guide tour service, as well as learning materials, online resources and lessons for secondary and primary education classes.
- Family tour with a guide – it’s a wonderful opportunity you should take in order to see and learn interesting facts about some of the most famous Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings together with your entire family.
Visitors with disabilities are provided with priority entrance, as well as the chance to meet the museum collection in the most convenient for them way. They enter for free alongside with their companions. The museum welcomes all people with mobility issues, as well as deaf or blind people. Guide dogs are allowed to enter Van Gogh Museum.