This muesuem is very modern and I thought it was disappointing after visiting the Riksjmuesuem. There are plenty of Van Gogh's paintings here. My understanding was his major works were here and they are not they are in Oterloo, Paris, London, Munich, Chicago, and New York City. Which left me very disappointed. Very crowded either come very early or just before closing, the admit people 30 minutes before closing and the place is almost empty..
Update: October 2016
Since my first visor over 10 years ago there has been major additions and renovations to this museum ... the first thing is the entrance is now in a whole new separate building ..
The spacing where the paintings are is now a respectable and on par with other world class museums. I was very happy to see the changes ..
Also ... many of the most famous paintings are now on displayed ... something that wasn't the case 10 years when I first came ....
The Van Gogh Museum*
Date visited: 10th of October 2015
Photo taken by : Chinggis and Borte
A collection of Vincent Van Gogh paintings. This is a museum for the people who have the passion of art paintings. After his death her sister in law Johanna decided to keep 200 of his paintings.
Today every single piece of this paintings cost millions. His most expensive painting was sold close to U$300 million to an American and is known as the most expensive painting ever sold.
If you want to visit this museum . I suggest you purchase a ticket online because if you are going to buy it on the booth you will have to wait in the long que it is a very long que and all the tickets got a particular time allocated saying what time are you allowed to enter.
The cost per person is 17 euro without the audio, you can rent a head set audio system inside the museum at an extra cost so you would be able to learn about each single painting you will want to know.
I was travelling around Europe early last year and one of the places I visited when in Amsterdam was the Van Gogh Museum.
I knew when I arrived at the city museum there would be so much to get through as Van Gogh is known for his work ethic and I wasn't wrong. There was over 200 paintings and countless drawings. The museum went through a dramatic refurb and that included enlarging the Rietveld building which is the main base where you'll see most of his collection.
I would say arrive early as if you arrive later in the day, it can take a while to gain entry and when inside you kinda feel like a packed sardine.
I can't explain enough how amazing his work is. Definitely worth a visit.
No doubt this museum has the largest Van Gogh collection (200 paintings) but… - here I might sound somewhat iconoclast - the dark paintings of his early period in Den Haag or Drenthe are not necessarily his highlights. Not everybody has to be fond of his potato subjects.
It is clearly written in the welcome leaflet of the museum: "His evolution from an inept but impassioned novice into a truly original master…" and "as a painter, he was largely self-taught."
This is evident from this chronological exhibition. Van Gogh experimented a lot and his experiments were not necessarily successful.
His art improved when Vincent reached Paris and assimilated the style of the Impressionist trend.
It appears that the talent of Van Gogh developed in the same proportion as the intensity of the sunlight. The summit is reached under the sun of the Provence.
The highlights of this Van Gogh collection are therefore to be found in the works of Arles (1888-89), Saint-Rémy de Provence (1889-90) and Auvers-sur-Oise where he committed suicide in July 1890.
Among the best works here on display are the "Yellow House", "The Bedroom", the 3 orchard paintings and my favoured ones "The Irises" and the quiet and peaceful landscape "The Harvest".
Impressive and disturbing is that extraordinary "Wheatfield with Crows" painted shortly before his dead.
On the third floor are a good number of French impressionists among which Monet and Pissarro.
There are often queues and crowds at this museum which is on the list of group visits. There are separate fast lanes for e-tickets and museum cards.
As this was my second visit I arrived around 17 h. when there was no queue anymore and I rushed through the early period of van Gogh to concentrate on the best paintings from the Provence period.
Museum open: daily 9.00 to 18.00 (in winter 9 - 17 h), Friday 9.00 to 22.00 h.
Admission fees (from 1/04/2015):
Adults: € 17
0-17 years: free
Tickets can be ordered online.
For photos read this:
"5.1.g. g. not make any photographs or record any video footage if this involve the use of lamps, flash equipment and/or tripod without prior written consent from the Van Gogh Museum. Photography for personal use is not allowed, except in designated areas. "
Dedicated to Van Gogh, this museum contains the world's largest collection by the artist. It also exhibits works by some of Van Gogh's contemporaries, such as Manet, Gauguin, Seurat, and Monet. I would consider this to be the best museum in Amsterdam, but unfortunately, so does every visitor to Amsterdam. Getting into the museum was a bit of a hellish experience whether or not you buy a general admission ticket in advance. We actually had to return the following day because the queue was impossibly long. The only type of advance ticket that works well is the "timed ticket" that gives you access at a specific day and time. Otherwise, the general admission ticket like ours doesn't do much good.
A visit to the Van Gogh museum is one of the "must do" activities on any trip to Amsterdam. The museum is well laid out and therefore very easy to navigate. The museum is spread over four floors with each floor dedicated to a distinct phase in the artist's life. In places, particularly around Van Gogh's more famous works, it tends to get a little crowded but the museum is designed to handle large numbers of visitors and so it is not too bad as long as you are patient. If you wish to avoid the crowds then pre-book tickets and visit early in the morning.
Open daily from 09:00 - 17:00 (open until 22:00 on Fridays).
The most extensive collection of dutch painter Vincent van Gogh -almost 200 paintings and 400 drawings - can be found in the Van Gogh-Museum in Amsterdam. Among his most famous works here are the "Sunflowers", "Almond Blossoms", "Potato Eaters" and "The Yellow House". The relatively young Museum (opened 1973) draws ca. 1,5 Million visitors each year! The collection also features works from other painters (Manet, Gauguin etc.) who either influenced Van Gogh or were in turn inspired by him,
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.
In May 2013 after a half year of internal renovation the Van Gogh Museum re-opened with their collection on full display.
It's the number two tourist attraction and most visitors don't need a push. Just be there early enough to avoid standing in line for hours.
Admission: € 15.00 (Adult)
Daily: 9AM - 5PM (6PM in high season).
The complete Van Gogh collection (part of which is visible at the Amsterdam Hermitage museum until 25/04/2013) will be again visible at the usual address on the Museumplein.
On this occasion a special exhibition called "Van Gogh aan het werk - Van Gogh at work" will be visible from 1 May 2013 until 12 January 2014.
Hereafter the announcement of the museum:
"Once refurbishment of the Van Gogh Museum has been completed, many of Van Gogh's outstanding works will be brought together in a special exhibition, to mark the conclusion of eight years’ research into the artist’s methods and the 160th anniversary of his birth. So this momentous anniversary show will provide an exceptionally fine overview of Van Gogh’s multi-faceted oeuvre."
As nothing is said from 26/04 till 1/05 I suppose that those days the works will not be visible because of their transfer from the Hermitage to the Museumplein.
Furthermore a symposium on "Van Gogh’s Studio Practice" is announced on 24-26 June 2013.
"From May 2013 to January 2014 the Van Gogh Museum, in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Shell, will present the results of an innovative and interdisciplinary research on Van Gogh’s working methods in the context of his time to a larger public."
will be open again may first
temperary some paintings in the Hermitage till 25th april
So check the site if it is open.
Opening hours from 1 May 2013
Van Gogh Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 7 Amsterdam:
1 May: 10 am - 6 pm.
2 May to 1 September 2013: daily 9 am until 6 pm, Friday until 10 pm.
2 September to 26 December 2013: daily 9 until to 5 pm, Friday until 10 pm.
27 December 2013 to 5 January 2014: daily 9 until to 6 pm, Friday until 10 pm.
From 6 January 2014: daily 9 am until 5 pm, Friday until 10 pm.
Closed 1 January 2014.
cant see the prices yet think 15 euros
0-17 years: free admission (can be asked for ID)
Museum card holders: free admission* Museumkaart
Members of ICOM: free admission*
I Amsterdam card holders: free admission
There is no special rate for groups or students.
You can also buy your ticket online
not aloud to film or make photo's inside
also no big bags , water, umbrellas aloud inside
My granddaughter's favorite painter is Van Gogh, so I thought she would enjoy the Van Gogh Museum. We had some difficulty finding the Van Gogh museum from the canal boat tour - the boat driver said it was behind the Rijksmuseum, which is huge. We walked around to the backside (dodging construction), but we didn't see the museum. We kept walking and came to a park area with kiosks down the side selling food (which I later found was Museumplein), and I asked directions there. The lady said it was the second building on the right if we kept going straight ahead to the next block, and she was right. It was an extremely unprepossessing modern building.
We got to the museum about 1100. No pictures were allowed inside, but they charged my granddaughter as a child so her ticket was free and I just paid for mine. We got a free wheelchair and went up to the first floor where she would park me opposite a sign to read and then zoom around on her own. She was fascinated by the nude child painting and we stayed a long time at the exhibit that explained how Van Gogh overpainted a lot of his canvases. We went up to the next floor and she sat for awhile at the computer terminal and read some of the letters etc. That website is available outside of the museum, so she can do farther research if she wants. We went down and looked at the shop and bought some post cards, and then turned in the wheelchair and left the museum.