Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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Art enthusiasts and van Gogh fans will adore visiting the largest collection of the Dutch artist's work at Van Gogh Museum. This museum opened in 1973 and today is one of the most visited in the world, attracting 1.4 million visitors in 2013. Wander through the site's permanent exhibit, which contains a vast selection of van Gogh's works, with about 200 paintings and 600 drawings in total. Study his most significant pieces, including "The Potato Eaters" (1885), "Sunflowers" (1889), and nine of his self-portraits. You'll have the opportunity to view several works of van Gogh's Impressionist and post-Impressionist contemporaries as well, such as Monet and Manet, plus visiting exhibits. Make Van Gogh Museum a centerpiece of your Amsterdam vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Amsterdam route planner .
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  • Enjoyed the exhibit, went on a Tuesday morning and it was very crowded. Lots of children. Can’t imagine what it would be like on a weekend! Definitely worth your time to see so many works of art by on...  more »
  • I enjoyed the visit. You can not take bags to please be prepared for a wait to check you bags in. Although very efficiently done, when the place is packed it does take time. The place is big so give y...  more »
  • Disappointing I think it probably the best word to describe my experience at this museum. You cannot simply show up, you must book a ticket in advance for a specific time slot. You are then only allow...  more »
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  • Exceptional! Book online to get in quick, even if it's a euro more. We were there mid March and had to wait outside with temps of 0! Very well laid out and with stairs and elevator everything was easy access. The works there are incredible, awe inspiring. Get the guide for five euros. There was so much I didn't know about him. It's really quite a sad story. There's also lot's of background information on key works so well worth the cash. The building is wonderful. The Dutch use of light is ingenious. You're allowed to get pretty close, close enough to see his brush strokes. I visited this museum for the first time 33 years ago as a backpacker and now as a 50 something year old I have certainly appreciated it more. Must see!
  • Loved it here, Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists, so really loved seeing amazing paintings I've only ever seen in books before. On a practical note, you're only allowed to take small bags inside - others must be left at the cloakroom. The cloakroom is run very efficiently and is free, but the sheer numbers of people meant huge queues to collect our things.
  • The works of Van Gogh are absolutely stunning, but the museum could be improved in some ways. The museum hosts many of the most famous paintings plus drawings, sketches, letters and various objects. These are displayed following the different phases of the painter's life and are accompanied by detailed explanations and anecdotes from his life. Many know Van Gogh only for being a bit crazy and don't realize how prolific and hard working he was, producing several hundred paintings in just 10 years of artistic career. On his later days he was producing almost one new painting per day. Now the negatives. I felt the light was a bit low and the descriptions printed too small. The museum can get really crowded as it is one of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam. Better signage and crowd management could help with congestion. It would also help if the opening times were extended.
  • Its a nice Museum close to other amazing ones. Its very difficult to take pictures of the paintings. If you take one, make it carefully since guards will go and tell you to stop. Nice small store too. Wish they had "The starry night" painting but its in another museum and they don't sell anything there of that painting because of copyright.
  • The Van Gogh Museum was a wonderful experience. I particularly like how the museum portrayed his life, who he influences as well as who influenced him. It's a good idea to get there early, take an unconventional approach and start at the top floor and work yourself down. Bring some extra cash with you as there are many affordable goods for sale. This was truely a great experience.
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