Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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    All about Van Gogh

    by lina112 Written Mar 8, 2011

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    The Van Gogh Museum oponed in 1973. The building, designed by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld, houses the world´s largest selection of Van Gogh Works. The collection comprises over 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters by the master, as well as his collection of Japanese prints. The artist produced som 900 paintings and 1200 drawings. The museum also contains works by his contemporaries, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaugin, Monet, Bernard and Monticelli. In 1999, the museum was completely renovated with addition of a new exhibition wing, designed by the japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.

    El Museo Van Gogh abrió sus puertas en 1973. El edificio, diseñado por el arquitecto holandés Gerrit Rietveld, casas selección más grande del mundo de Van Gogh Obras. La colección está compuesta por más de 200 pinturas, 500 dibujos y 700 cartas por el maestro, así como su colección de estampas japonesas. El artista produce som 900 pinturas y dibujos de 1200. El museo también contiene obras de sus contemporáneos, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Monet, Bernard y Monticelli. En 1999, el museo fue renovado por completo con la adición de un ala nueva exposición, diseñado por el arquitecto japonés Kisho Kurokawa.

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    Best museum in A'Dam!

    by dustmon Updated Sep 22, 2010

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    This is my fave museum in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh (pronounced Van Hock) Museum has lots of his paintings, and usually also has a separate exhibit with maybe someone that had an influence on his painting. There is a great thing in the lobby, where you can make a little video and email it to someone-----I had met a lovely Russian young lady while waiting in line, and we both made videos to send home! They have a good gift shop with loads of books and other present-like things.
    updated 9/2010----had a great time again---no line for some reason at 10:30 on a monday in september----no more video home machine-----still a good shop---and the art is always inspiring----I love this museum...

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    Curious about Van Gogh?

    by Birsen Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    I've seen before originals of Van Gogh but this is different. Here I saw many of his early and late works and his life journey between his brother Teo and himself... We wanted to see the museum on Friday night but ticket boot was closed by 8:30pm. (Even though we had I amsterdam card they didn't let us in. )So we went to see it around 10am, it was not too busy.
    So keep it in mind if you plan to see on friday after 8:00pm beware of the tix boot which is closed early, just get your tix in advance and later on comeback with them. Because it's open till 10 pm on Fridays

    It has a very nice museum shop.

    It's free with I amsterdam Card (if you have to pay 14€)

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    Van Gogh museum

    by Kajser-MK Written Jun 23, 2010

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    We approached the musem from back side
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    This is absolutely a must see. We were stunned by the art of one of the most controversial painters the world has ever seen.
    Yes he probably had many problems in his life , but his genius must not be underrated.
    Along his paitnings, there are also plenty paintings of his contermporaries.
    The highlights of the museam are The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.
    Entrance fee is 14 EUR .
    The area nearby is very nice, very big park just from back for enjoying.

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    Motherland of great painter

    by magarisashka Written Jan 24, 2010

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    Entrance - 14 euro (but it is worth it).

    Long-long queues in front of ticket-office.

    Very ni ce souvenir's shop.

    And no comments about pictures. Onle great emotions.
    Besides masterpieces of Van Gosh there are pictures of Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec etc. Incredible.

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    The home of Van Gogh's work

    by viddra Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    This is the main reason I decided to visit Amsterdam. I’m simply fascinated by the work of this genius... and being so close to the paintings like Irises, Wheatfield with Crows, The Potato-eaters, The Harvest, Sunflowers, The bedroom or Self-portrait with Felt Hat is an extraordinary experience.

    In this world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh there are more than 200 paintings, including many very famous masterpieces, about 500 drawings and over 700 personal letters (occasionally put on view). All paintings are arranged in chronological order, so one can witness the painter’s development during the last ten years of his life.

    There are also the works of art by other 19th-century painters and sculptors, who have something in common with Van Gogh’s work.

    The original building, designed by Gerrit Rietveld and opened in 1973, holds permanent exhibitions, while the new, elliptic shaped wing, designed by the Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa, and opened in 1999, was built for temporary exhibitions.

    Opening hours:
    Daily 10-18, Fridays 10-22
    Admission fee for adults! (it's possible to order the tickets online to avoid standing in queues)

    It is not allowed to take photographs or film, large bags and umbrellas must be left at the cloakroom.

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    Kind of overrated museum

    by Ianchen Updated Sep 14, 2009

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    The van Gogh museum seems to be the must-see in Amsterdam. With the result that entrance fees are up the roof (12,50€, no student's discount), and there are bus-loads of people standing in front of each painting, so you can't even get close; since the descriptions are written super-tiny, it takes ages till you can get through.
    The museum is well made though; you are comprehensively guided through different periods in van Gogh's life as an artist.
    On the upper floors there is a lot of stuff from befriended artists, which I found more appealing actually. They seem to be neglected by a lot of visitors, so there you can take your time and soak in on the lot of paintings and prints.
    Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00, fridays till 10pm .

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    Loved It!

    by Donna_in_India Updated May 15, 2009

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    The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh in the world including three of my favorites, Sunflowers, Irises, and Bedroom in Arles. The paintings were set up in chronological order and it was interesting to note that as Van Gogh’s mental illness worsened his paintings seemed to get darker but then there were little periods where he produced colorful, happy pictures such as Sunflowers in between.

    I also enjoyed his self portraits, although he looked like a very old man even in his thirties. Sadly he died young of a self inflicted gun shot. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists and I enjoyed this museum even more than the Riksmuseum (which is in short walking distance from the Van Gogh museum). A must-see in Amsterdam!

    The museum also has special exhibitions. Check the website for further info. Tickets available online. I recommend getting the audio guide. Within walking distance of Rijksmuseum.

    Hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. on Fridays).

    Admission Prices

    Adults: € 12.50
    13 to 17 years: € 2.50
    under 12 years: free

    Audio Tour: The audio for the permanent collection is available in 9 languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin. The cost of an audio tour is € 4.

    All visitor information was correct as of this writing.

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by malianrob Updated Nov 24, 2008

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    Every book I have read about Amsterdam has this place on the top of their list of places that you have to visit. I have to say I am glad we came. We are not really into art like some people but we were familiar with some of his work. We also knew alittle about Vincent Van Gogh. This museum is very big and you can easily spend hoursin this place. They house the largest collection of Van Gogh's work here. There are over 200 paintings, over 500 drawings, and there are letters too. It is a very interesting place. There are also othe works by other famous artists like monet and a few others that I am not very familiar with.
    You cannot take picturesin here but just likein the Anne Frank House there is a book store that you can purchase postcards of the painting that are in the museum.
    One painting that I didnt see here was A Stary Night. It was on exhibition in New York City. Soif there is a painting that you have to see,calland find out if its going to be there during your visit.

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    Van Gogh Museum - Museo Van Gogh

    by spanishguy Written Oct 13, 2008

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    This is a museum featuring the works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries. It has the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world, in spite of Le Musée d'Orsay in Paris has a lot of them too. Actually the building is very ugly, at least as seen from outside. It was opened in 1973 and it was completed in 1999.

    The main exhibition chronicles the phases of Van Gogh's life, from his childhood to his various, crazy,emotional stages through his death. Highlights include The Potato Eaters, Bedroom in Arles and one of the three Sunflowers paintings with a yellow background, as well as his self-portrait. The museum holds extensive exhibitions on various subjects from 19th Century art history.

    Este es el museo que muestra la obra del pintor holandes Vincent Van Gogh y sus contemporaneos. Tiene la colección de pinturas y dibujos de Van Gogh más importante del mundo, a pesar de que el Museo de Orsay en París tiene muchas de sus obras también. Verdaderamente el edificio del museo es realmente feo, al menos visto desde fuera. Fue abierto en 1973 y completado en 1999.

    La exposición principal describe las fases de la vida de Van Gogh, desde su infancia hasta su muerte, pasando por sus varias de locura. Las principales obras incluyen Los Comedores de Patatas, El Dormitorio de Arlés, una de las tres pinturas de Los Girasoles, con un fondo amarillo, así como su auto retrato. El museo acoje una extensa colección de varios temas de la historia del arte del siglo XIX.

    Opening hours / Horarios de apertura

    Every days/ Todos los días: 10:00 - 18:00
    Fridays / Viernes: 10:00 - 22:00

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by yooperprof Written Aug 18, 2008

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    More Van Goghs than you can shake a stick at!

    However. The museum is made up primarily of the collection that remained with the Van Gogh family. In other words, it consists of the works that DID NOT SELL in the decades after Vincent's death. For me, this signifies that "the cream of the crop" is elsewhere, so to speak. And I think in a general sense that's true. Most of the truly iconic Van Goghs are elsewhere. (the MOMA in New York, for instance.) Don't let that stop you from coming here. But don't come thinking that you are going to get to see all the best of Vincent under one roof. It ain't necessarily so.

    That said, this is a very fine museum indeed. Not surprisingly, there is an excellent museum shop (cash cow) and a good cafe/restaurant. The original building, by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964), is considered to be a fine example of austere modernism, while the addition by Japanese designer Kisho Kurokawa is (in my opinion) a better and more interesting construction. When I was in Amsterdam, the addition was host to a fascinating travelling exhibit of the work of the English pre-Raphaelite master Sir John Millais. I would have gladly paid the price of admission just to see the Millais exhibit!!

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    by feza Updated Jul 30, 2008

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    Listening the advises of VT members,we have entered the museum in one minute with our online ticket,while lots of people were waiting in the line under the rain!

    Don't forget to buy your tickets online and print them at house.It will save your time a lot.

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    Don't Miss The Van Gogh Musum

    by Pelegolas Written May 27, 2008

    Well the building is new so it's not as nice as RijksMuseum. But because of my personnal admiration of the artist i liked the whole exibition more. It's the only museum i can remember with so many pieces by one artist. Definitely buy your tickets online as you save a lot of time on rows.

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    An Artist that shows his madness through Paintings

    by leanne_pearc Written Apr 9, 2008

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    This museum has 3 levels of some very interesting photos by Van Gogh. His paintings changed through his different life stages which i found very interesting.

    Tip: Be sure to get there early before the crowds come!

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    Getting close to the genius

    by northernlady Written Apr 5, 2008

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    The Museum facade is distinctly unimpressing, however please don't let this put you off as it is an amazing couple of hours. It's quite a walk from Dam square and what we thought was the main shopping area (we got a taxi to save on time, came to 4 Euros each for two of us) but is completely worth while. Inside, the museum has a really clean and contemporary feel, really impressive looking- plus the gallery is laid out so as to seperate his work in to each important period of his life which really helps you appreciate them a lot more. On the top floor there was also an exhibition of all of Van Gogh's hand written letters, many to his brother Theo, on subjects such as love, death and the quality of his own work. The gift shop is also brilliant, really big and well organised with not a trace of tackiness- I got two fab books and a beautiful print of my fave Van Gogh work, 'The Bedroom'.
    All in all, please go. I certainly intend to return in the near future.

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