Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

A Complete Guide to Van Gogh Museum Artworks, Shop & Tickets

This bright and airy space, the Van Gogh Museum, holds the largest collection of artworks by the renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh in the world. if you appreciate art or adore the painter, then this place is definitely worth a visit. The museum also has a massive collection of works done by Van Gogh's contemporaries, followers, friends, and artistic predecessors. You will be surrounded by a huge number of Impressionist and Post-impressionist arts.

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Vincent Willem Van Gogh
“Through their experiences of suffering and pain as well as their ability to see beauty in the smallest things, they were able to render that personal experience in their art.”
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The Best Van Gogh Museum Tours & Combo Tickets

Off to Amsterdam to see the city and all the beautiful things it has to offer? The Van Gogh Museum must be one of your many stops. The museum is a must-see when you are in the city. It is the repository of some of the world's most important works of art.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket prices

  • Adults: € 19,-
  • Visitors under 18: free
  • Students: € 10. The student ticket is only valid for visits from Monday to Friday in the period from 6 September to 15 October and 1 November to 24 December.

The below table includes a brief description of various handpicked Van Gogh Museum tickets & skip the line guided tours of the Van Gogh Museum. They're based on users reviews, cost, customer experience as well as all the best ways to see the famous Van Gogh Museum sight. We've compared prices from a variety of skip the line Van Gogh Museum guided tours & tickets, websites and have handpicked the most affordable Van Gogh Museum combination tickets, but utterly enjoyable Van Gogh Museum tours & tickets below:

Van Gogh Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

1. Van Gogh Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

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  • This is an opportunity to see one of the finest collections of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh.
  • A insight into the movement of Surrealism and the life of one of the genre's leading artists.
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Blue Boat Company Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Van Gogh Museum

2. Blue Boat Company Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Van Gogh Museum

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  • An opportunity to visit one Holland's best art museums and discover the incredible life of the Italian Surrealist painter Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Go sightseeing in the historic centre of Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam -Exclusive Guided Tour

3. Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam -Exclusive Guided Tour

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  • Private tour through Amsterdam's best museums.
  • Perfect introduction to Van Gogh and artist of the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Five-hour private guided tour.
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Skip-the-line Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour

4. Skip-the-line Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour

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  • The guided tour of Van Gogh Museum reveals masterpieces and living in the hardship of one of the most famous and gifted painters in history.
  • Participants in the walking tour avoid waiting in long lines to visit the museum.
  • The tour covers significant works of art by Vincent Van Gogh and of the artists who influenced his
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The making of Vincent van Gogh in Nuenen + van Gogh Museum

5. The making of Vincent van Gogh in Nuenen + van Gogh Museum

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  • Discover for yourself, in a small group, the places van Gogh painted in Nuenen and take your personal experience to the van Gogh Museum to see the paintings of these places. By doing so you add a new dimension and experience to the van Gogh...
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Van Gogh Museum, Rijks Museum & Walking Tour - Private Day Tour

6. Van Gogh Museum, Rijks Museum & Walking Tour - Private Day Tour

clock Duration: 7 hours
  • During this 7-hour tour your private guide will introduce you to Amsterdam’s rich history, culture and traditions of over 800 years. How did the Golden Age influence urban development in Amsterdam and why did the Unesco Heritage list Canal Belt existed. We will show you countless interesting sights and amazing views inside and outside the...
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Skip-the-Line: Private Guided Tour of Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

7. Skip-the-Line: Private Guided Tour of Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

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  • Join your very own personal, professional art historian as they take you around the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings anywhere in the world. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has 200 paintings, over 400 drawings, and 700 letters. Van Gogh is one of the most recognizable artists from the 20th Century, and his stunning works - full of colour...
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Guided Combo Tour

8. Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Guided Combo Tour

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  • In one day, see both of the world-class museums with a professional local guide. You can choose your start time, just email us after the booking is confirmed which time is best for you!

    Join your guide, an art historian, and firstly explore the for an in-depth look at the incredible collection of the Rijksmuseum. Your tour will focus on...
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15 Facts About Van Gogh Museum

  1. The museum opened on the 2nd of June 1973.
  2. The museum's collection is the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawing in the world.
  3. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Concertgebouw.
  4. The collection includes world famous paintings such as the Almond Blossom, and The Potato Eaters.
  5. In 2016, the museum welcomed 2.1 million visitors and was the 2nd most visited museum in the Netherlands.
  6. It is the 25th most visited museum in the world.
  7. In 1991, in one of the largest but shortest-lived art thefts, twenty paintings were stolen from the museum.
  8. In 2002, two paintings were stolen from the museum, the View of the Sea at Scheveningen and the Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church.
  9. The main building of the museum was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and opened in 1973.
  10. Architect KishoKurokawa's exhibition wing was completed in 1999.
  11. The museum's permanent collection is displayed in the main building designed by architect Gerrit Rietveld.
  12. The new entrance building of the museum was opened on the 5th of September 2015. It is the largest glass structure in the Netherlands.
  13. The story of the artist's art is told throughout the galleries.
  14. The museum also exhibits sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Jules Dalou, as well as paintings by Edouard Manet and Claude Monet.
  15. The museum offers a program for visually impaired visitors.

What is the Van Gogh Museum Famous For?

The Van Gogh museum is famous for the priceless works of art contained within its walls. Dedicated to the artistry and creativity of one of the most renowned artists in the world, Vincent Van Gogh, it has an immaculate collection of significant paintings, sculptures, and correspondence.

Opened in June 2, 1973, the museum consists of two buildings. Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld designed the main structure while the new Exhibition Wing was designed by Japanese architect KurokawaKisho. Both buildings have an open design that puts great emphasis on allowing natural light in and geometrical forms.

Highlights of the Van Gogh Museum – Famous Artworks & Exhibits

The Van Gogh Museum houses some of the most important works of the artist of the Impressionist area. Although all works are available, there are some that outshine and are more popular than the others and they are the following:

The Potato Eaters

The Potato Eaters is an oil painting painted in April 1885 in Nuenen. It depicts the harsh reality of country life, so the peasants in the picture have bony, working hands, as well as coarse faces. The artist wanted to show that they have used their very own hands to till the earth and honestly earn their food.

Bedroom in Arles

Bedroom in Arles was given to each of three similar paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. The painting depicts the artist's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, France, also known as the Yellow House. The artist himself prepared the room with simple furniture and with his own work displayed on the walls.

Sunflowers

One of Van Gogh's most famous paintings, Sunflowers was painted in Arles in 1888 and 1889. There is a total of five large canvasses with sunflowers in a vase with three shades of yellow and nothing more. Using the painting, the artist demonstrated that it was possible to create an image with several variations of a single color, without losing any eloquence. The sunflower paintings were significant for the artist because to him they communicated gratitude. He hung the first two in the room of his friend, the painter Paul Gauguin who once lived with him in the Yellow House.

Almond Blossoms

Almond Blossoms is the name of a group of numerous paintings made in 1888 and 1890 by Van Gogh in Saint-Remy and Arles. The artist's favorite subjects were large blossoms of Almond trees against a blue sky. It was painted to celebrate the birth of his nephew and namesake, the son of his brother, Theo and sister-in-law Jo.

Irises

Irises is one of a series of paintings executed at the Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, in the last year before his death in 1890.

Garden with Courting Couples

Van Gogh referred to this painting as ‘the painting of the garden with lovers.' On the painting you will see the lovers strolling under the young chestnut trees and sitting along the winding paths. Van Gogh applied small brushstrokes of varying length in different directions.

Self-Portrait as a Painter

The artist represented himself in this self-portrait as a painter, holding paintbrushes and a palette behind his easel. He showed himself as a modern artist through the use of a new painting style with bright and almost unblended colors. It was the last work Van Gogh ever produced in Paris: the city which had exhausted him both physically and mentally.

What to Expect from the Van Gogh Museum

Maintaining one of the world's largest collections of work of the world's most popular artist, the Van Gogh Museum is one of the most visited places in the world and understandably so, how can you miss such a delightful and significant place? If you are planning to be one of the almost 2 million visitors who want to gaze at the paintings annually, you have to be prepared. So, what can you expect when you go to the museum?

The museum has a permanent collection which features the works of Van Gogh. The permanent collection has over 200 paintings and 500 drawings which also boasts of works of art by other artists. Van Gogh's work is organized chronologically into five periods each, representing a different period of his life and work: The Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Van Gogh Museum Rooms and Floors

The museum consists of two buildings: The Main Building and the Exhibition Wing. The glass Entrance Hall connects the two buildings. The Main Building houses the museum's permanent collection, which displays Van Gogh's works, as well as his contemporaries. The Exhibition Wing hosts temporary exhibitions which changes from time to time. The museum is open 365 days a year.

Rietveld Building

This is the main structure of the museum and features the permanent collection. The building has a rectangular floor plan and has four different stories. On the ground floor are a shop, a café, and the introductory part of the art exhibition.

Main Building Level 1 – Van Gogh 1883-1889
  • Van Gogh's Models
  • Painter of Peasant Life
  • Back to Basic
  • New Perspectives
  • Modern Art in Paris
  • Artist Friends
  • Artistic Flourishing
  • Dreaming of Japan
Main Building Level 2 – Van Gogh Up Close
  • A Life in Letters
  • Family Treasures
  • Family
  • Artistic Exchange
  • Friends
  • Friends in Pont-Aven
  • Van Gogh at Work
  • Van Gogh – Draughtsman
Main Building Level 3 – Van Gogh 1889-1890
  • Painting Against All Odds
  • Impassioned Nature
  • Van Gogh Inspires

Kurokawa Wing

The Kurokawa Wing is used for major temporary exhibitions. The building has an oval floor and is three stories high. The entrance to the Kurokawa Wing is via an underground tunnel from the Rietveld building.

Exhibition Wing 1
  • Sampo Japan Nipponkoa Gallery
Exhibition Wing 0
  • Van Lanschot Gallery
Exhibition Wing -1
  • BankGiroLoterij Gallery

How to Get to the Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Musuem is easily accessible by public transportation and it is the most budget-friendly way to get there.

Traveling by public transport

  • From Central Station, take tram 2 (towards NieuwSloten) or 5 (towards Amstelveen Binnenhof) to the Van Baerlestraat stop
  • From Station Amsterdam Zuid/WTC, take tram 5 (towards Central Station) to the Van Baerlestraat stop
  • Take tram 3 or 12 to the Van Baerlestraat stop or bus 145, 172 to the Museumplein stop

The Best Times to Visit the Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum is one of the most popular museums in Amsterdam and in the world. Visitors can expect long queues during high season which is from April to May, and July to August. However, you will be able to avoid the line all year round is your book skip-the-line tickets online.

Weekends are the busiest days and the waiting time can take at least an hour. If you would like to avoid crowds, you can go during weekday mornings or after 3:00 pm. Pick a sunny day for your visit because waiting lines to museums tend to be longer when it is raining.

Try to avoid the following dates because they attract more tourists:

  • August
  • New Year period
  • Queen's Day & Liberation Day week (last week of April to first week of May)

Plan your Visit to the Van Gogh Museum

If you will be traveling to Amsterdam anytime soon, it is important that you plan your trip. Aside from checking fun things to do in Amsterdam and Amsterdam walking tours, you also need to prepare for your visit to the Van Gogh Museum.

Buy tickets ahead of time

We mean more than just buying regular tickets ahead of time. It makes more sense to purchase skip-the-line tickets so that you can make the most of your visit and not have to wait hours to get inside.

Explore the museum with guided tours

People often ask if it is worth it to pay for guided tours and we say yes! With guided tours you get an in-depth understanding of the museum, the works of art inside its walls, and the artist himself. Informative guides can make your visit a more pleasant and educational one.

Leave your big bags in lockers

In case you are going to the museum before checking in to your hotel or after you check out from your hotel, you can leave the bags either at the lockers. This is because large bags are not allowed inside the museum. There is also a free coat check and a mandatory backpack and umbrella check-in policy. Anything bigger than a handbag has to be checked in.

How Get the Most of the Van Gogh Museum

Deciding to visit the Van Gogh Museum also means deciding to spend your money. Fortunately, this does not mean that all you can do is hope for the best. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most of your visit to the Van Gogh Museum.

Book your tickets online

We cannot stress enough how important it is to book your tickets online because doing so will save you time, unless you fancy standing on line for at least an hour. You cannot just turn up to any attraction, buy a ticket and walk in. There will always be a crowd.

Avoid peak days and times

It goes without saying that if you want to make the most of your visit to the museum, you have to avoid peak days and times. No matter when you go, the museum is going to be busy. However, it goes without saying that peak times such as weekends result to longer lines and longer waiting time.

Be patient

Unless you are a very lucky person, the museum is always going to be busy, so you need a lot of patience if you want to get in. You also need a lot of patience once you are walking through the museum, so you do not miss any work of art. You often have to wait for other visitors to move out of the way before you can see works of art up close, especially for more popular paintings such as Sunflowers.

Be prepared

Be prepared for Amsterdam's inclement weather. The museum is deceptively big, and it is built upwards, like most Dutch buildings. There are lots of stairs and you will be on your feet for most of the time so wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Pay special attention to spots where it is allowed to take photos and spots where it is not allowed to take photos.

Is the Van Gogh Museum Accessible?

The Van Gogh Museum boasts of excellent accessibility for people who rely on walking aids or wheelchairs. Visually impaired visitors also get to enjoy informative texts accompanying exhibits into a booklet printed using large fonts.

You've Visited the Van Gogh Museum, What Now?

After visiting one of the most important museums in the world, the Van Gogh Museum, what do you do next? Amsterdam has plenty of other tourist attractions to offer and of course, since you are already in the city, it is only right that you visit them, as well. Hopefully the museum visit will also give you a brand new appreciation of the arts.

Ticket Prices for the Van Gogh Museum

Tickets are only available online and there is only a limited number of tickets for each time-slot.

  • Adults - €19
  • 0 to 18 years old – Free
  • I Amsterdam City Card – Free

Opening Times of the Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is open daily:

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (10:00 pm on Fridays)
  • High season (usually Easter to early November) closing time is at 6:00 pm (10:00 pm on Fridays)
  • 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Summer holidays (mid-July to early September) closing time at 9:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 pm on Friday

Things to Do Around the Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam is a lively and happening place. There are fun things to do in Amsterdam and if you are in possession of the I Amsterdam Card, there are plenty of opportunities for you. Aside from the Van Gogh Museum, there are other places worth visiting such as the following:

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  • Concertgebouw

A concert hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Royal Concertgebouw was designed by Adolf Leonard van Gendt, who was inspired by the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Construction began in 1883 and the hall opened in 1888.

  • Vondelpark

An urban park with a space of 47 hectares, Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam. It welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually and its where people go to walk their dogs, jog, listen to music, people-watch, roller-skate, and just relax.

Micropia is a museum in Amsterdam which aims to distribute information about microbes. Opened in 2014, it claims to the first of its kind.

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