Van Gogh Museum

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Get to Know Van Gogh: Musee Van Gogh

If you’re anything like us, when you hear Van Gogh, you think Starry Night and sliced-off ears. When in Amsterdam, head to the Van Gogh Museum to get to know more about his life, and prepare to be dazzled by his best works, featured here.

  • The Potato Eaters 1885

    1. The Potato Eaters 1885

    Van Gogh viewed this painting as proof that he could be a good figure painter. He wanted to depict peasants as they really were, and deliberately chose ugly models.

  • The Bedroom 1888

    2. The Bedroom 1888

    Born in the Netherlands, Van Gogh moved to Arles, France in later years, seeking refuge from drinking. He painted his bedroom in his home, the Yellow House, while recovering from an illness.

  • Sunflowers 1889

    3. Sunflowers 1889

    The post-impressionist artist created two series of sunflowers for the purpose of decorating a room in the Yellow House for his fellow painter and friend, Gauguin.

  • Irises 1890

    4. Irises 1890

    Van Gogh struggled with mental illness, and painted irises while living in an asylum in France before his death in 1890. He brought emotion to life in his flowers and still lifes.

  • Wheatfield with a Reaper 1889

    5. Wheatfield with a Reaper 1889

    Van Gogh painted a series of the view from over the wheatfield from the window of the asylum: the scene after a storm, with a reaper, in autumn, and with spring flowers.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visiting the Museum

    Located in Museum Square in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum holds the largest collection of his paintings and drawings. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum shows many of Van Gogh’s impressionist and post-impressionist contemporaries. There’s also a café, and a shop where you can pick up prints of the artist’s best works.

  • Hours

    The Van Gogh Museum is open daily from 9am to 7pm, until 10pm on Fridays and 9pm on Saturdays.

  • How Much Is Admission?

    Admission starts at 17€ per person. When it comes to learning about Van Gogh’s life and seeing his lively brushstrokes up close and personal, this is a can't-miss experience.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily from 9am - 7pm. Open until 10pm on Fridays and 9pm on Saturdays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Admission starts at €17.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No, feel free to enjoy the paintings in the museum for yourself!
  • How to get there
    Van Baerlestraat is the nearest tram stop (via lines 2, 3, 5, 12). Or you can use bus 145, 170, or 172 to Museumplein.
  • Additional information

    • It is forbidden to take photographs of the paintings in the museum unless you are a journalist and apply for permission in advance.

    • Book in advance to skip the ticket line.

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What people are saying about Van Gogh Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 18,226 reviews

Fantastic gallery arrangement, works well for folks who have difficulty walking but do not need a wheelchair. Each gallery has folding chairs available at no additional cost.

I'm glad we decided to visit the Van Gosh museum. It was interesting to learn about his life and paintings. A must do in Amsterdam.

Very nice museum. the audiobook is well designed and a must for a full experience. I had a good time there.

Don’t be in a rush look at those painting for at least 10 minutes each you will se the art in them

Great museum, not too busy and great audio guides.