The Van Gogh Amsterdam museum is one of my favorite art museums. It offers a stunning collection of so many of Van Gogh’s iconic paintings. The paintings in the museum are arranged in chronological in order to document Van Gogh‘s life from childhood to death.
This museum houses the largest collection of his artworks in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters. In addition there are paintings of his contemporaries including Gauguin, Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Through the paintings and letters, we get a glimpse of Van Gogh’s personal relationships with family and friends. The paintings also give us details about where he lived and the places that inspired him.
The building itself is very impressive and large but it is easy to navigate and not overwhelming. The paintings are displayed over 4 floors, however there is an elevator if you have mobility issues.
As you walk through the exhibition, you notice how his style changes over time, from the influence of other artists around him. It was especially apparent when he was working closely with Gaugin in Southern France.
Important! Pre-book your tickets!!
The Van Gogh Amsterdam museum is very popular both with tourists and locals. It is always very busy. Therefore it is important that you pre-book your tickets in advance otherwise you may spend a long time waiting in a queue. And even then, you may not even be permitted entry as it is too busy with others who have prebooked.
Also, be warned that it is a timed entry and there is a 30 minute grace period before or after the time stated on your ticket. They are strict about the time written on your ticket, so get there on time.
Also note, that the museum has a strict ‘no pictures’ rule and you need to leave big bags in the cloakroom.
This is by far the best museum I have ever been to. My husband and I spent 4 hours here. I highly recommend getting the audio guide. It really added to the experience and gave good context to the various paintings both by Van Gogh and others.
Afterwards or evening during your time in the museum, you can rest your legs in the lovely cafe.
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If you would love to experience this museum with a guide, there are some great guided tour options avaiable. Press here to read about the various tours available.
For more information about Van Gogh’s life, press here for a short bio.