Van Gogh Museum

Price guide: Expensive

Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, 1070 AJ

Price guide: Expensive

Van Gogh Museum
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Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Education

Best for Culture - Expert review of Van Gogh Museum

One of the world's most digestible leading art galleries.

Most of the 200 or so works by Van Gogh are displayed chronologically on the first floor. You can chart the artist’s development, from early, gloomy Dutch scenes, to classic, upbeat works in Arles (such as 'Sunflowers', 'The Bedroom') before his mental health deteriorated, then finishing with the melancholy landscapes around Auvers-sur-Oise, painted just before his suicide. On the top floor, there's an extensive collection of art by other leading 19th-century painters. See the website for what's on in the exhibition wing.

Eating

Recommended nearby café options are Bagels & Beans and Cobra Café .

Price advice: 

Adults 14 euros; under 18s and I amsterdam Card and Museumkaart holders, free.

Expert tips: 
At peak times, queues are long to get in, and the galleries are unpleasantly packed. Mornings, especially at weekends, and especially when wet, tend to busiest.
If you buy tickets in advance online, you skip the entrance queues altogether and go straight in. You can purchase tickets at home, from some Amsterdam hotels, and from the city's tourist offices. I amsterdam Card (www.iamsterdamcard.com) holders join a shorter queue than the main one.
Friday evenings - when the museum stays open until 10pm - are a great time to visit: the galleries are usually uncrowded, there's a civilised atmosphere, and there's always some additional musical or artistic entertainment going on.
Consider investing in one of the excellent audio tours - there are ones for adults (5 euros) and children (2.50 euros). There are also free, challenging treasure hunts pitched at children aged six to 10.
The Van Gogh museum's shop has lots of lovely posters - but bear in mind that only smaller ones will fit in to carry-on baggage on planes.

More information on Van Gogh Museum:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Art gallery, Museum
Address:
Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, 1070 AJ
Telephone:
020 570 5200
Website:
http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Sat-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-10pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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Community comments (2)

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Exhibition very well laid out, taking us through the chronology of his paintings and showing us the varied influences on his style at different times of his life.
The paintings completely live up to expectations.

There's an excellent cafe in this museum - wide variety of reasonably priced, really appetising food. It makes me wonder why we can't offer this type of thing in UK museums.

An excellent museum