Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by roamer61 Written May 18, 2005

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    The Bedroom - Arles, 1888

    This museum houses the worlds largest collection of the dutch painters work. One can trace the chronology of styles and colors used during his short and tragic, yet productive life. Works of art by many of his contemporaries are here as well.

    As this is one of Amsterdams most popular museums, be prepared for the possibility of long lines, especially during peak tourist season.

    Note: No photography is permitted inside. Not even without a flash.

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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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    Avoid the queues

    by Nemorino Updated Oct 23, 2013

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    1. The Van Gogh Museum
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    Here they have the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world, plus special exhibitions.

    The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Fridays till 22:00. No photography is allowed inside. And no smoking, of course.

    Second photo: As for the Rijksmuseum, you can now order and print tickets for the Van Gogh Museum online, to avoid standing in long lines like these folks are doing.

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    Vincent van Gogh

    by Bilimari Written Jun 13, 2005

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    This is the reason why I went back to Amsterdam. This museum has the world's largest collection of his works, including paintings, drawings, and letters. They also display paintings and sculptures by 19th century painters and sculptors.

    It was very interesting to see how his paintings has changed during his life as a painter. (Only 10 years or so until he ended his life.)

    I saw a couple of paintings that he tried to mimic Japanese Ukiyoe paintings. As many other impressionists from 19th century did, he seemed to examine Japanese paintings.

    Expect a long line to purchase ticket. Purchase ticket online or use an Amsterdam Card to avoid the line.

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    The Van Gogh museum

    by siaki68 Written Jan 4, 2005

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    in Amsterdam has the world’s largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh and his contemporaries and to visit it is an absolute must. Take your time to see everything, all the paintings are remarkable. (And after visiting the museum, you can pop in to the nearby coster diamonds and buy your self a present!) The museum is located behind the Rijksmuseum and the entrance is at the Paulus Potterstraat 7. Open daily 10am-6pm Friday 10am-10pm Closed 1 January. Admission: 9 euros.

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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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    Curious about Van Gogh?

    by Birsen Updated Jul 10, 2010

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    Museum front

    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 acemj Updated May 1, 2004

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    I spent only about an hour in the Van Gogh Museum. It was too crowded for my taste and I got tired of trying to fight through crowds in order to take a closer look at the paintings of Van Gogh. The museum is arranged in chronological order and traces the masters career as he moved from the Netherlands to Paris to Arles and other places in France.

    The building's architecture is decidedly modern and attempts to be spacious, but still, I found it overcrowded. And don't even try to get into the gift shop on premises!! There's another gift shop a few hundred yards away toward the Rijksmuseum, where you might have a bit more space.

    Opening hours
    Museum: daily 10-18.00, Friday 10.00-22.00
    Ticket office: daily 10-17.30, Friday to 21.30
    Shop: daily 10-17.45, friday to 21.45
    Restaurant: daily 10-17.30, Friday to 21.30, kitchen to 21.15
    Library Museumplein 4: Mon to Fri 10-12.30 and 13.30-17.00
    Closed 1 January

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    Van Gogh museum

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 20, 2004

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    The name says it all, this is a museum about the works of Vincent van Gogh, a famous Dutch painter. The museum shows 200 paintings and 550 drawings and aquarelles from the start to the end of the painter's life.

    Open from 9 am to 6 pm
    Admission price: 9 EUR

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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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    Museums - Van Gogh, our most well known painter

    by Pavlik_NL Written Dec 21, 2003

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    An ugly museum house for a great crazy painter

    Van Gogh is by far the most popualr painter in foreign countries. In the Netherlands Rembrandt is still in the lead. Van Gogh lived a large period of his live in France (which could be a reason of lessened popularity in NL) and was quite a peculiar guy. Especially the ear cutting was a moment that will make many Dutch frown upon. Anyway, his great work in painting is untouchable and many of his paintings can be watched for hours. In his museum however there is so much to see, that you do not have that luxery ... that is, if you want to see it all.

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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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    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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    See the work of Vincent Van Gogh

    by mustardgirl Updated Feb 21, 2004

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    Visiting Van Gogh's Museum was one of my favorite experiences about Amsterdam.

    The museum houses the world's largest collection of Gogh's works; there is more than 200 paintings there. I'm not going to give more facts about his work or life; you definitely have to go and see it with your own eyes. You can get an idea of the exhibition on Museum's homepage.

    Try to visit the museum during a week because on weekend it can get too crowded and you would have to push your way around just to get a glimpse of the painting.

    Entry costs 9 euros (if you have Amsterdam Pass, then the entry is free).

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by Jarin Written Jan 7, 2004

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    Van Gogh Museum (the new wing)
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    It is a modern building from 1973 (designed by Gerrit Rietveld). In 1999 there was built a new wing (designed by Kisho Kurokawa). It houses permanent collection of van Gogh’s work - paintings (200), abt. 500 sketches and more than 800 letters of Van Gogh to his brother Theo.
    Besides this permanent collection there is also a collection of other artist such as P.Gauguin, Bernard, Denis, C.Monet.

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