Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (must see)

The one place in Amsterdam you just can’t afford to avoid is the Van Gogh Museum dedicated to the works of the melancholic artist and to other works of some contemporary artists.

Vincent Van Gogh, whose name generally makes it to the list of the most underrated artists of their times, was born in 1853 and died at the young age of 37. By the time of his death, he had left behind a collection of some of the most beautiful works which were unfortunately appreciated only after his death. Since Van Gogh was fighting several health issues both physical and mental, today his work is seen as a reflection of his state of mind. With bold strokes and brilliant colour, his work is known for its brutal honesty of emotions and freedom from any technicality in terms of discipline.

Upon his death in 1890, he left his collection to his brother Theo Van Gogh who, in turn, left it in the care of his wife Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, a constant pillar of support throughout his life.

The paintings of Van Gogh make up for the permanent collection of the Museum. His works are categorized into five parts, each comprising a painting from that phase of his life. The Museum that presently houses Van Gogh’s work came into being in 1963.

Why You Should Visit:
The main museum for all things Van Gogh, and absolutely the most popular museum in Amsterdam.

Tip:
Go straight to the 3rd floor and work your way down. This way you will get 2-3 floors of quieter viewing.
Be sure to also order the audioguide when booking your ticket and then 1.5-2 hours should allow you to view all the works and not just the highlights.

Opening Hours:
Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat-Thu: 9am-6pm

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Van Gogh Museum
Sight Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museum Quarter Walk  

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Travel Distance: 1.0 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km

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