The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a fascinating historical and artistic city set on an intricate canal system. The canals and streets are lined with beautiful, gabled narrow houses, dating from the 17th-century Golden Age in Amsterdam. While there is much history to be seen in the city, Amsterdam is renowned for its artistic heritage. A visit to the Museum District reveals the Stedelijk, exhibiting modern art, Rijksmuseum with works by Vermeer and Rembrandt, and Van Gogh Museum with works by the famous artist. Read up on the Museum District and learn more about Van Gogh Museum here. Scroll down for a guide to Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
Things to do / Highlights
Vincent van Gogh was born in the village of Zundert in the Brabant, the Netherlands on March 30, 1853. He started out working life as a clerk in an art firm and later worked as a bookseller, teacher and preacher. At the age of 27, van Gogh decided to become an artist. He went on to become one of the most famous artists in Western art history and many of his works, drawings, and letters can be seen at Van Gogh Museum.
Van Gogh Collection
The museum is home to the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh in the world. Among the beautiful paintings exhibited are world-famous artworks, including Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, and The Potato Eaters. Other well-known paintings include his Self-Portrait as a Painter, Garden with Courting Couples, The Yellow House, and The Bedroom.
The Van Gogh Museum also offers a range of other activities, exhibitions, and workshops on a regular basis. Visit the museum’s website to find out what is on the calendar. Popular events include a treasure hunt for the children in the museum or talks by other artists who have been inspired by Van Gogh.
What to eat
Van Gogh Museum Café
Le Tambourin is the café at Van Gogh Museum and serves a selection of hot and cold dishes, refreshments, coffee, and tea. Among the specialties of the café are home-made quiche and lasagne, delicious cakes, pastries, and vegetarian dishes. While dining in the cafe, patrons can enjoy a view of Museumplein and the Kurokawa Wing. The café is open during normal museum hours and is only accessible from inside the museum.
Things to buy
Van Gogh Museum Shop
A selection of products relating to the life and work of Vincent van Gogh can be purchased in the museum shop, located in the entrance hall. These include books, art prints, toys, and other gifts, all with Van Gogh’s influence.
Van Gogh Museum Online Shop
To save your luggage being overweight at the airport, purchase the same selection of great items and gifts online at the Van Gogh Museum shop website. Profits made by the museum shop are used to further develop the art collection in the museum.
An audio guide is available in 11 languages, giving information about the various paintings as visitors explore the museum. The guides are also available for special exhibitions at the museum. The cost is 5.50 USD for adults and 3.30 USD for children.
For those interested in aiding the efforts of the museum and enjoying direct access to the venue, a membership program is available at a cost of 83 USD per year. Benefits include entering the museum without a ticket, receiving invitations to special events, and many others. Once-off donations are also very welcome.
Photography in the museum
Photography is allowed in certain designated areas of the museum. These include the entrance hall and the official “selfie walls.” However, this must be done without a flash or tripod. Photography of artworks in the museum galleries and exhibition spaces is prohibited.
Wheelchairs, mobility scooters weighing up to 500 kg (1,102.3 lbs), and wheeled walkers are welcome in the museum. A floor plan for disabled visitors is available at the information desks in the museum or can be downloaded from the museum’s website. Adapted toilets are located on the ground floor and all lifts in the building are suitable for wheelchairs.
Loan wheelchairs are available in the museum but it is recommended to reserve a wheelchair in advance to avoid disappointment. Folding chairs are also available on loan for those visitors who cannot spend too long on their feet.
Should a disabled person require a companion while visiting the museum, the companion can enter free and will receive a free multimedia guide.
Disabled parking space
Disabled parking is available on Paulus Potterstraat, 7, in front of the museum
How to get there
On foot or by bicycle
Visit Google Maps or the museum’s website for accurate directions from your location in Amsterdam.
Visit the plan your visit section of the Van Gogh Museum’s website for driving directions to the museum. Parking is available underneath Museumplein, with the entrance in Van Baerlestraat and there is paid parking on the streets in the surrounding area.
By public transport
The nearest tram stops are Van Baerlestraat (tram no. 2, 5, 12) and Museumplein (tram no. 3, 5 or 12). Bus numbers 347 and 357 take visitors to the Van Gogh Museum.
How to book tickets (from USD 24.69)
Tickets are available at the door of Van Gogh Museum but can also be purchased online at the museum’s website.
Van Gogh Museum Ticket in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam information
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Official website: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Tourism board: Visit Amsterdam
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: Adults 21 USD; free for visitors under 18
Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Canal Cruise
Duration: 1.0 day
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