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Since its opening in 1973, the Van Gogh Museum has housed the largest collection of the great painter's works. Although the master's works only gained wider recognition after his death in 1890, they are now considered among the most valuable paintings worldwide. Among other things, the painting Fifteen Sunflowers and famous self-portraits of Van Gogh can be seen here, next to works from all of his creative periods.
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7 tips for visiting the Van Gogh Museum

A self-portrait (1887/88) by Van Gogh in the exhibition room | Flickr: Tomasz Baranowski - CC BY 2.0
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Book the ticket onlineIn order to visit the Van Gogh Museum, tickets need to be reserved or bought in advance. Please note that the admission tickets are marked with a time at which the ticket has to be redeemed.
A Self-portrait of Van Gogh (1887) | Unsplash: Ståle Grut - CC BY 2.0
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Be punctual on siteTo be able to adhere to the specified time on the ticket, you should be about 15 minutes early on site. The ticket is therefore only valid on the chosen day and at the chosen time.
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Use the audio guideThe Multimedia Audio Guide leads you interactively through the showrooms of the museum and provides you with some additional information about Vincent van Gogh's life as well as his artistic highlights. The audio guide is available in 11 languages.
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Don't bring large luggageThe museum has lockers that can be locked with a numeric code, but only small pieces of luggage can be locked away. If you bring large backpacks, bags or rolling suitcases, you may be denied entry to the museum.
The painting "Coffee Table with Absinthe" (1887) | Unsplash: Jean Carlo Emer - CC BY 2.0
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Enjoy a snack in the cafeIn addition to the artworks, the Van Gogh Museum also houses the stylish Museumscafé Le Tambourin, renovated in 2023. Here, in addition to cold and hot drinks, you can also expect sweet and savory snacks.
The painting "Fifteen Sunflowers in a Vase" (1888) | Unsplash: Jean Carlo Emer - CC BY 2.0
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Painting Workshop for ChildrenOn Saturdays between 10:30 and 12:30, children aged six to twelve can attend painting workshops in the museum's children's studio in English and Dutch. The course costs 12.50 € per child and includes admission to the museum, the necessary materials, a painting apron, and a soft drink. Please note that due to the popularity of the workshop and the limited number of participants (12 children), spaces fill up quickly.
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Workshops for adultsOn Fridays and Sundays, adults from the age of 16 can explore colors and brush strokes like Vincent van Gogh once did. The course "Workshop Nature in detail" focuses on emotions, color, composition and brushwork, whereas in the "Workshop Painting Sunflowers" course you learn how to reproduce Vincent's still life. The workshops take place in Dutch on Fridays at 3:00 PM and on Sundays at 10:30 AM. On Sundays, the courses are offered in English at 2:00 PM. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 12 people and the admission ticket for the museum is not included.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam from the outside | Photo: Unsplash, Rasmus Kuber - CC-BY-SA 2.0

A journey through Van Gogh's artistic developments

The showrooms in the museum illustrate the different creative phases of Vincent van Gogh. The masterpieces of the world-famous painter include the paintings Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, and Self Portraits.

Over 500 paintings and drawings

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has the largest collection of Van Gogh's works in the world, with over 500 works. You can track how the originally simple figure design in the pictures was brought to life over the artist's creative phases. Just as he did under his famous teacher Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, Van Gogh initially dedicated himself to dark paintings, often depicting rural life, such as the painting The Potato Eaters. When he moved to Paris, he was confronted with Impressionism, which made his depictions more diverse and colorful. He reached the peak of contrasting painting when he painted outdoors at the 'Ateliers of the South'. His spontaneous paintings were to express vitality, intensity, and immediacy.

Van Gogh's Life Story

Through the multitude of works and letters the museum exhibits, one is taken on a journey of fear, suffering, love, and hope. Van Gogh grew up in poor, rural conditions in Holland and was very religious from an early age. One witnesses his evolution from salesman to teacher, preacher, and finally painter. The Institute Wilhelm II in Tilburg, where he received drawing and art lessons between 1866 and 1868, and the Goupil & Cie Art Dealership, which was partly run by his uncle Cent, were particularly influential in his education.
A Self-portrait (1889) of Van Gogh's | Photo: Unsplash, Jean Carlo Emer - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The Path of Suffering

Due to his accumulated knowledge as an art dealer at Goupil & Cie, Van Gogh often found himself in conflicts with other artists, which made him appear arrogant. It was not until 1880 that he decided to become an artist, yet he was never satisfied with his works or his existence. In 1882, he fell in love with the prostitute Clasina Maria Hoornik (also known as Sien Hoornik), who received no recognition from his family. He created a home for her and her two children with financial support from his brother Theo van Gogh. Just a year later he broke up with the unfaithful Sien and dedicated the painting “Sorrow” to her. From then on, he set his hopes on becoming a successful artist.
The painting "Bedroom in Arles" (1888) | Photo: Unsplash, Jean Carlo Emer - CC-BY-SA 2.0

The Yellow House

In the search of bright colors and the dream to establish an artist club, Vincent van Gogh moved from Paris to Arles in February 1888. There, he rented a yellow house to be the place of creation for his artist friends, such as Emile Bernard and Phaul Gauguin. Here, Van Gogh fell into a creative frenzy, creating 187 paintings, some of which depicted the yellow house and were intended to adorn its walls. In October 1888, Paul Gauguin moved in with Van Gogh in the “Studio of the South”.

Van Gogh's missing ear

Due to differing conceptions of art, Van Gogh occasionally quarreled with Gauguin. When Paul Gauguin could no longer bear Van Gogh's mood swings, he wanted to return to Paris in December 1888. In the heat of the moment, Vincent supposedly threatened him, cutting his own ear off with a razor. He was then brought to a mental institution in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he continued to paint 150 paintings until May 1890, including 'Almond Blossom', 'The Starry Night' and 'Irises'

The late fame

After his rehabilitation, he lived in Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris, a time, which according to his letters was characterized by 'sadness and loneliness', despite the proximity to his brother Theo and the doctor and art lover Paul Gachet. On July 27, Van Gogh left the Ravoux Inn to paint outside as usual. However, he returned wounded to the inn; it is suspected that he wanted to shoot himself. After several hours of struggling, he died in the presence of his brother on July 29, 1890. Only after his death did Van Gogh's complete works receive wider recognition: A retrospective in 1901 and the publication of his letters in 1914 cemented his status as one of the best-known names in the world of art.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Van Gogh Museum accessible for people with disabilities?

The museum is designed to be barrier-free. Great emphasis is placed on making it accessible to all. Read more.

Is it allowed to take food into the museum?

It is not allowed to consume food in the premises of the Van Gogh Museum. Snacks and drinks purchased at the espresso bar or at the museum café must be consumed there. Read more.

Are there food options at the Van Gogh Museum?

The museum, in addition to an espresso bar in the atrium, also offers the Museumscafé Le Tambourin on the first floor. Both sweet and savory snacks can be ordered, as well as cold and hot drinks. Read more.

Are bags and backpacks allowed during the tour?

Big bags and backpacks, exceeding the dimensions of 45 x 25 x 25 cm, as well as other large items are forbidden in the museum. Lockers are available for smaller items free of charge. Strollers are allowed in the museum. Read more.

How much does the audio guide cost?

The audio guide can be rented on site at the multimedia counter for a price of €3.50 for adults and €2 for children between 13 and 17 years old. It is available in the languages German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Dutch, Portuguese, and Russian. Read more.

Is there a museum shop?

The museum shop is located in the atrium of the museum, near the main entrance. In addition to souvenirs inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's paintings, the shop also offers unique design products. The bookstore upstairs has a wide range of books on Van Gogh and artists of his time. Read more.

What should I consider when booking tickets?

Tickets purchased online are only valid on the specified day and cannot be refunded. Please note that any desired changes must be requested by email at least 48 hours before the booked time slot by email. Read more.

Are dogs allowed into the museum?

No animals are permitted on the museum grounds. An exception is only made for certified assistance dogs. Read more.

Is it allowed to take photos and videos in the Van Gogh Museum?

Videos and photos for personal use may be taken in designated areas of the museum (e.g. in the atrium) without a tripod. Flash photography is strictly prohibited. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Van Gogh Museum is open daily throughout the year, however, the opening times vary. From New Year's Day to November 5, the museum welcomes its visitors daily from 9:00 to 18:00. In the summer, until 3 September, the museum is also open on certain Friday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00. From November 6 to December 15, the museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. The opening hours from December 16 to 31 are from 9:00 to 18:00. From December 24 to 26 and on December 31, the museum is however only open from 9:00 to 17:00.

address

Van Gogh Museum
Museumplein 6
1071 DJ Amsterdam
Netherlands

tickets

Entrance tickets can be purchased at a price of 22 € per person. Visitors under 18 have free entry. Please note that tickets must be reserved or purchased online in advance.

discounts

Students receive a reduced ticket of 10 € from Monday to Friday (however not on Dutch holidays or during the school holidays). Holders of a Museum card, Vincent's Friends, VriendenLoterij VIP-KAART, ICOM card, Rembrandt card, or city pass can visit the exhibition for free.

how to get there

The Van Gogh museum is easily accessible by public transport: Take tram lines 2, 5 or 12 to Van Baerlestraat stop or take lines 3, 5 or 12, alternatively buses 347 or 357 to Museumplein. The nearest parking option on site is a parking garage from the company Q-Park.
Miriam Dewam
Written byMiriam DewamMiriam is keen on traveling and has a passion for photography, which she can enhance through her cross-media studies. She uses her knowledge as well as first hand experience from diverse travels to help other travellers as a content creator at TicketLens.
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