Van Gogh Museum
Did you know that the correct pronunciation of Van Gogh is with two hard Dutch Gs, and not “Van Go” as many people say it?
A visit to the Van Gogh museum is a must for any lover of art. It holds nearly 200 paintings by Van Gogh in addition to letters and drawings. The new lower floor space is often host to interesting exhibits looking more deeply into Van Gogh’s contemporaries or back story.
Upon visiting the Van Gogh Museum you might notice that the museum is made up of two different structures. The main building where the group entrance sits was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and is angular in style, while the rounded secondary structure was built 26 years later by architect Kisho Kurokawa. There is now a new glass entrance to better tie the museum’s buildings together and fit in with other structures on the Museumplein. This airy, bright space holds the world’s largest collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh.
On some Friday evenings the museum’s ground floor is transformed into a lounge bar hosting musical, cultural or theater events, as well as occasional free guided tours and artistic workshops.
Helpful hints for visiting the Van Gogh Museum:
- As one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, the Van Gogh museum often has a long line outside the doors. Avoid the wait by buying your tickets online ahead of time. The tickets are typically scheduled for a particular time slot to limit time spent standing in line.
- Get a two hour guided tour of the museum
- Combine a canal cruise with your entry tickets for the Van Gogh Museum plus see the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum too
Want to learn more about Van Gogh and visit some local places important to his life and work? Check out these Van Gogh tours and activities including canal cruises and walking tours in Amsterdam.
Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam
Other Amsterdam museums you should visit include:
- Scheepvaart Museum
- Museum het Rembrandthuis
- COBRA Museum
- MOCO Museum