Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by Bix10 Written Mar 3, 2008

    I've never actually been to the Van Gogh Museum but I thought I'd just post the information for the visit. Managed to take a picture of it from the outside though. I hear that it's worth a visit from other tourists.

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    Admiring the works of a master

    by heryanta Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    A trip to Amsterdam would not be complete without a visit to the van Gogh museum.

    Housing some of the world-famous works like the sunflower and the self-portrait the museum is a must for those who have a couple of hours to spare in Amsterdam.

    The museum is open every day between 10am and 6pm; and on Fridays it opens late until 10pm.

    Being a very famous museum, there is always a long line so please be prepared when you are taking young children.

    The entrance fee is 10 Euro for adults, 2.5 Euro for teens between 13 and 17, children get in for free :)

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    Van Gogh Fan's Heaven

    by SJTravel Written Jul 28, 2007

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    If you are a big Van Gogh fan, then you will absolutely love this museum. Even if you are not a fan, but you enjoy art, this museum is a treat. This museum is huge, a lot bigger than I imagined and it is filled with so many Van Gogh pieces. The layout is easy to understand and easy to follow. They follow the different times in Van Gogh's life. You can see the different influences he had based on the subject of his art work and how he created it. I really enjoyed learning more about Van Gogh the man while looking at his art. You will see many of the famous pieces you have heard about and then some. There is a room for special exhibits which is included in the admission price, so it is worth checking out as well. Also, there is a room specifically for learning more about Van Gogh. They have books and computers so you can look up information that about the pieces that you have just seen.

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    100% Vincent

    by cristinaap3 Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    The Van Gogh Museum is an absolute must. This museum is dedicated entirely to the post-impressionist genius and some of his most valued work is here, such as Sunflowers and Bedroom at Arles. The space is very well managed, so it's easy to appreciate the paintings even if it's crowded, and it's not one of those museums where one is overwhelmed by the centuries of art. A couple of hours are more than enough to enjoy it, especially for Van Gogh fans such as myself. And the gift shop is great!
    If you're lucky and you're visiting Amsterdam on a sunny day, make sure to take a walk around Museumplein afterwards.

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    by LrSorr Written Apr 11, 2007

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    The museum features the largest collection of this famous Dutch artist as well as his contemporaries. The layout is pretty much chronological from Van Gogh's earlier life as a painter through his death.

    Paid 10 euros. Like most art museums, you are not allowed to take pictures. They have a mini bar in the ground floor and a nice seating area to enjoy a few cocktails, cheese and crackers.

    You will also find a gift shop right when you enter the museum. The place is always full so goodluck waiting in line to pay for your souvenier items.

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    Not impressed

    by QuDee Written Apr 11, 2007

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    Sorry to say so – but quite frankly, I was not impressed.
    The Van Gogh museum has a stor, retrospective collection of Van Gogh works, as well as some comtemporarys. We spent about 2 hours there – without taking the time to indulge in any particular works.
    I didn’t feel the need to stay longer – because unfortunately, the general niveau is not all that great!!
    A big Van Gogh fan would love the museum – but if you’re just an admirerer of his greatest works, like me, it’s only worth your time, to be able to say you were there …

    The walls boasts so many pieces, wrongly elevated to stardom, by the few masterpieces. They are there, of course! And rather a bad Van Gogh than an empty wall ... but then, who would pay €10 to see empty walls.

    The museum gives a great insight into the life and creative soul of Vincent (in the Netherlands it’s common to be on a firstname-basis). A department on art, seen from a chemical point of view, was very interesting!
    I did enjoy the works of his friends – they painted portraits of eachother, and quite teasingly, I found. I actually laughed out loud at some of the works, and it struck me, how silly it is, that we take the works of art sooo seriously today – because the artists clearly didn't!
    And who ever said great art is only to be taken seriously ;)

    My best travelling-tip to date, was to pay and print out the tickets from home. We walked right by a line, that took an hour to get to the front door – and I got to have my tickets on really cool paper ;)
    The end of the line could also comfortably have walked to the nearest internet-café, printed tickets, and walked back, in less time than they had to stand in line. Tickets can be bought at the online-ticket-shop at the museums website.

    Taking photos is not allowed in the museum – which is quite nice!
    Besides, all the works in the permanent collection are displayed on the museums website anyway, and can easily be copied by right-click ... that is, if you absolutely MUST have a Van Gogh on your desktop :)

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    One of my favorites

    by ozalp Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    We did not visit this museum until our last day in Amsterdam. So, my newest memories about Amsterdam are about this museum.
    Museum has a nice building and well-designed, big halls. It was crowded -I think it is normal for weekends- although we could stroll and see all of the paintings comfortably.
    We were lucky to be there while "Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism" show was open. It can be seen until 4 of March. I had the chance of observing his impact on the German and Austrian artists like Egon Schiele, Max Pechstein, Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Kokoschka...

    Being so close to paintings like Sunflowers, Potato Eaters, Almond Blossom, Irises and learning new ones like Gaugin's Chair, Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, Pieta, Butterflies and Poppies, Wheatfield with Crows is quite an experience.
    Also, you can learn a rough biography of Van Gogh by visiting this museum. I impressed by his obsession to Gauguin.
    Do not miss it.

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    Van Gogh ~ a dream made real

    by Jenniflower Updated Dec 26, 2006

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    Van Gogh - so well known after his death, as is the way with so many fine artists unfortunately. He struggled to survive during his own life, depending on his brothers art-networking to sell his paintings to earn a meagre living.

    The museum on the outside is quite ugly,but inside is modern but practical, and user-friendly. We made a video of ourselves and emailed it home to family in South Africa. This seemed quite popular with many people there!

    One thing we werent happy about was that we were told our Museum boat tickets would give us a discount into the museum. But they didnt. So watch out when buying your 'so-called' canal boat tickets with all their 'many' advantages and discounts!

    We bought a few prints from the shop there, a lesser-known rolling landscape in bold colours, and the well-known bedroom study. This photo is the closest port near the museum.

    The main photo here is a scanned image of a mousepad at home (it has been relegated to the shelf however, as I have a new Pride & Prejudice one that has taken its place...) ;)

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    Land of Yellow

    by Forsh Written Nov 28, 2006

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    Sunflowers in person, at last!

    I had waited 18 years to see the Van Gough museum, and was not dosappointed. The park adjacent was nice to hang out in, too. Buy prints outside, they are cheep and of good enough quality to frame when you get home!

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    Must see

    by alayres Written Nov 3, 2006

    Even if your not a art lover or specialist, which is my case, this is a must see museum. Although small, it has all the main van gogh's paintings and for sure you will be pleased to see it live. Because of it's small size, you also don't have to walk miles to see the main paintings.

    The only bad thing about it is that it's under reformation now and part of the building is not accessible.

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  • Disappointment :(

    by kh1234567890 Written Sep 30, 2006

    Also seems to be undergoing 'rebuilding' at the moment - first floor is closed. What is there to see in the rest of the place is badly lit by dim artificial 'daylight' fluorescent lights (like those in a backstreet butcher's shop). Unless this is your only chance to go there, don't bother.

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    Van Gogh Museum - Overwhelming!

    by Frisbeeace Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    This is a must see. If you read even a short biography before you visit, much better, so you understand a bit of what was happening in the mind of Vincent during his short period of painter (only 10 years). It is touching to understand his pains that took him to a mental institution where he painted many masterpieces until he shot himself to death.

    Entrance: 10 euros
    Daily 10-18 hs. Fridays until 22 hs.

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    Where else can you see so many?

    by hquittner Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    The museum does not show their entire holdings at one time (over 200 paintings) In addition some are off to exhibits elsewhere. Besides van Gogh there are acquired works of contemporaries, immediately before him and after located on the 3rd floor. These reflect influences upon him (before and contemporary) or taken from him (after). But he was unique in style and approach and although he affected 20C art there can be no followers. The museum follows his development starting on the ground floor and going up to the end: from naive talented and original beginner to tragic master. There are also prints, etchings, sketches and writings. He used color imaginatively to express active emotion applied to real forms and this approach is not easy to understand for the beginning viewer but you should spend 2 hours here. It is an unrivaled art-viewing experience. We visit the museum whenever we are in Amsterdam. No photography is allowed of the collection, so that is why there are no real VT pictures. There was a Blockbuster Show (Rembrandt & Caravaggio) going on in the special exhibition area of the museum when we were there. (This will be described in a Tip under General).

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    by Wallace&Murron Updated Aug 25, 2006

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    The VG museum is a must for art lovers. I've been too many times now to remember, and I've never been diappointed. The best was when the Van Gogh-Gauguin exhibition was on in Spring 2002. I had to wait nearly an hour to get in and it was busy, but it was worth it. A close second was the recent (2006) Rembrandt-Caravaggio exhibition. Of course, I should have probably disclosed my bias that I am a BIG Van Gogh fan. But even if you're not, I still urge you to go as the art on display is worth seeing for its historical value.

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    by traveloturc Written Aug 3, 2006

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    There is no other place in the world where you can see so many of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings under one roof. The Museum is situated between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The Museum's collection is divided into three sections. The Van Gogh collection, work from other artists and the collection concerning the Van Gogh Museum’s history.

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