Self portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

Discover the collection of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic paintings.

About van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the life and works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the most visited museum of the Netherlands, and one of the most popular art museums in the world.

The museum’s collection has the largest number of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world. It also houses an extensive collection of letters, personal belongings, and works by other artists who inspired or were inspired by Vincent van Gogh.

Who is Vincent van Gogh?

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who lived from 1853 to 1890. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of Western art. Van Gogh’s work is characterized by bold colors, dramatic brushwork, and emotional intensity. Despite struggling with mental health issues throughout his life, he created over 2,000 artworks, including paintings, drawings, and sketches.

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Van Gogh Museum entrance

Van Gogh and Paris

Did you know that Vincent van Gogh spent a significant part of his life in Paris, from 1886 to 1888. In Paris he experimented with different styles and developed relationships with other artists, including Paul Gauguin. During this period Vincent van Gogh created one of his most important masterpieces ‘The Starry Night’. It is said that this painting was inspired by the Eiffel Tower, the monument built during this period.

What to see

Main Collection

This section features the largest part of the museum’s collection, showcasing the chronological development of Van Gogh’s art. It provides a fascinating journey through his life and artistic evolution, from his early works to his famous masterpieces.

Temporary Exhibitions

The museum often hosts temporary exhibitions that explore various aspects of Van Gogh’s life, art, and the art world of his time. These exhibitions bring fresh perspectives and are a great complement to the permanent collection.

Van Gogh’s Letters

Vincent van Gogh was an avid letter writer, and this section displays a selection of his personal letters. These letters provide unique insights into his thoughts, struggles, and artistic vision.

Print Room

The Print Room is home to a vast collection of prints, drawings, and illustrated letters by Van Gogh and his contemporaries. It’s a place where visitors can delve into the world of graphic art from the 19th century.

Van Gogh’s Studio

An innovative addition to the museum, Van Gogh’s Studio is a space where visitors can gain a deeper understanding of Van Gogh’s artistic process. It offers interactive experiences and workshops related to his techniques and materials.

Library and Research Center

While not typically open to the general public, the museum has a library and research center where scholars and researchers can access a wealth of resources related to Vincent van Gogh’s life and work.

Most important paintings of the museum

  1. Sunflowers Series (1888-1889): A collection of still-life paintings featuring sunflowers, showcasing Van Gogh’s mastery of color.
  2. The Church at Auvers (1890): A depiction of the church in Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh spent his final days, characterized by bold, swirling clouds and vibrant colors.
  3. Almond Blossoms (1890): A delicate and symbolic painting representing new life and hope, often associated with the birth of Van Gogh’s nephew.
  4. Self-Portrait with Straw Hat (1887): One of Van Gogh’s many self-portraits, displaying his unique style and intensity.
  5. The Potato Eaters (1885): An early masterpiece portraying a group of peasants sharing a meal, showcasing Van Gogh’s empathetic approach to his subjects.
  6. Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890): A poignant portrait of Van Gogh’s doctor, reflecting the artist’s emotional state during his time in Auvers-sur-Oise.
  7. The Sower (1888): A powerful representation of a farmer sowing seeds, emphasizing Van Gogh’s fascination with rural life and the cycles of nature.
  8. Wheatfield with Crows (1890): Often considered one of Van Gogh’s final works, this painting is imbued with a sense of intensity and depth.
  9. The Red Vineyard (1888): One of the only paintings sold by Van Gogh during his lifetime, depicting laborers in a vineyard.
  1. Portrait of Joseph Roulin (1889): A vibrant portrait of Van Gogh’s friend and postman, showcasing Van Gogh’s distinctive use of color and brushwork.
  2. Olive Trees Series (1889): A set of paintings portraying olive trees, reflecting Van Gogh’s fascination with nature and his bold use of color.
  3. The Mulberry Tree (1889): A striking painting featuring a mulberry tree in the garden of the asylum where Van Gogh stayed, displaying his characteristic swirling brushstrokes.
  4. The Yellow House (1888): A depiction of Van Gogh’s residence in Arles, known for its bright yellow facade and vivid colors.
  5. Café Terrace at Night (1888): A lively and atmospheric depiction of a café in Arles, capturing the essence of the night scene.
  6. Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888): Another rendition of sunflowers, showcasing Van Gogh’s ability to capture the essence of this flower in various compositions.
  7. The Bedroom at Arles (1889): A different portrayal of Van Gogh’s bedroom, offering a more stylized and abstract perspective compared to his earlier version.
  8. Landscape at Twilight (1890): A serene landscape painting capturing the tranquil beauty of nature during twilight, showcasing Van Gogh’s mastery of light and mood.
  9. Irises (1889): A stunning floral painting known for its intricate details and vibrant colors.

Location

The van Gogh Museum is located at Museumplein in Amsterdam, the cultural center of the city. The museum is close to several attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the famous concert hall.

Address
Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Opening hours

From March to September

  • Open daily from 9am to 6pm.
  • From March 22: on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., except March 29, May 31, June 28, September 27

October

  • October 1–6: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM, Friday until 9:00 PM
  • October 7–10: 9am–5pm
  • October 11 to October 31: 9am to 6pm, Friday until 9pm

November

  • November 1 to 3: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday until 9 p.m.
  • From November 4 to November 30: from 9am to 5pm. On Fridays, except November 29, open until 9 p.m.

December

  • December 1 to 20: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday until 9 p.m.
  • December 21–23: 9am–6pm
  • December 24–26: 9am–5pm
  • December 27: from 9am to 9pm.
  • December 28–30: 9am–6pm
  • December 31: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Frequently asked questions

Is there a gift shop in the museum?

Yes, there is a museum shop. It offers a diverse selection of souvenirs, books, prints, and artistic gifts inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s work.

Is the museum accessible to wheelchair users?

Yes, the Van Gogh Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. Disabled people can also bring a companion for free and can use various facilities such as walking aids.

Do children also have to pay for a ticket?

Admission to the museum is free for children under 18 years of age

Are there dining options in the museum?

Yes, there are dining options in the Van Gogh Museum. Visitors can enjoy meals, snacks, and beverages at the museum’s cafe.

Tickets

Prices and tariffs

CategoryTicket price
Adult22€
Cultureel Jongeren Paspoort (CJP)11€
Students
Student tickets are valid Monday to Friday,
excluding public holidays and school holidays.
Free
People under 18Free
Museum card
Vincent’s Friends
Friends Lottery VIP CARD
ICOM card
Rembrandt card
City pass
Free

Guided tours and combination packages

There are excellent guided tours available that provide in-depth insights into the collection and the life of Vincent van Gogh.

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Visit the Van Gogh museum

The entrance queues can get quite lengthy. Therefore it is recommended to book your tickets in advance.