Framed by a gleaming new glass entrance hall, world’s largest Van Gogh collection offers a gorgeous line-up of masterworks. Trace the Van Gogh’s life from unsettled start through his impulsive-coloured sunflower phase, and on to the black cloud that descended over him and his paintings. Don’t wait in line or miss out and be sure to buy your Van Gogh Museum tickets in advance.
For van Gogh, art was a spiritual occupation, which he discovered at the age of 27, in 1880. It was a means, Vincent believed, of bringing concentrated on drawing and took farmers as his subjects, experimenting with all kinds of media, such as pen, ink and black chalk. Van Gogh’s early oil paintings similarly used a very dark palette and led in 1885 to the, now so famous, “Potato Eaters”.
Vincent van Gogh both saw and used colour as an emotional strength, and for him yellow signified love. It features most in his “Sunflowers” series of work, which van Gogh painted in the summer of 1888 – all “in one rush”, because the flowers faded so quickly. Anticipating the arrival of mister Gauguin to share his studio, he wanted these pictures…..
This attraction is open 7 days a week and is great to visit in every type of weather.
Opened from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Friday from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.
Entrance fee for adults: 21,- euro.
For children and youth (0- 17) : Free.
The waiting lines can be long: pre-booked online Van Gogh Museum tickets expedite the process with fast entry to the museum.
Street: Paulus Pottenstraat 7
Zipcode: 1071 CX
Directions: (Museumplein, next to the Rijksmuseum)
Excellent collection of paintings. Buy your ticket online along with audio guide beforehand so that you are not disappointed. Entry is by time so ensure you choose the correct time for entrance too. Life of Vincent Van Gogh is also well captured. Money's worth!
If you appreciate Vincent Van Gogh, then this is worth the €20 and scheduling ahead. The scheduling is maybe annoying at first, but inside the museum it’s not overcrowded. They do a nice job of keeping the crowds small enough that you can get a good close look at the paintings (which as much with Vincent Van Gogh as anyone is a joy). If I could only go to one Amsterdam museum, this would be it! Rijksmuseum a close second, but this one wins because of the depth you get to explore on one artist - letters, sketches, drawings, and of course the famous paintings.
Excellent blend of art with commerce. Book well in advance. Allow yourself enough time to view the entire exhibition. Take a break in one of the restaurants available. We spent five hours at the museum in total.
Seeing works by the master up close and personal, explained by the accompanying text (we didn't rent the audio guide), was a treat. There was a special exhibit about one of Van Gogh's sunflower still lifes (he made 6 total IIRC), which went into depth about his still lifes, use of color, and so on. What caught my breath was the still life "Quinces, Lemons, Pears, and Grapes." Literally; my wife turned to look at me because I drew a sharp breath. Don't miss this if you at all care about Vincent Van Gogh's art. Only 4 stars because I would wish that more of his most famous paintings were there. Starry Night, for instance, and the Cafe painting are not in the collection, or at least not on display.
Buy your tickets early as there are limited tickets available. You have up to 30 min. to enter after your reservation time. You enter into the exhibition wing. We were limited on time so we did not do the audio tour, but we strolled through in under two hours. It is a great art museum, but I found the history of Van Gogh’s life just as interesting. The museum was much less crowded with our 9:00 tickets than by the time we left.
The collection this museum gathered is really amazing and very well curated, explaining van Gogh's life and art in a logical way. Some of the paintings, especially the very late landscapes, are truly spectacular. The museum is not very big though and the uninterested tourists can be quite annoying but in my opinion it is still the most interesting place one can visit in Amsterdam. The museum shop is also quite good!