What to see at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: timetables, prices and advice

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The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is the largest container of the Dutch painter's works in the world. Built on two connected complexes, it was inaugurated in 1973 and completed in the current structure in 2015 with the new entrance in Paulus Potterstaad. The present collection documents all the phases lived by the painter until his death and is complete with paintings, drawings, sketches and letters sent to his brother. The historical and artistic importance is immediately perceived upon entering the main entrance and even non-fans will be thrilled by the priceless works of art.


  1. What to see and how to visit Van Gogh Museum
  2. The Potato Eaters
  3. Still Life with Bible
  4. Japanese: Oiran
  5. Vincent's Room in Arles
  6. The Yellow House
  7. Branch of Almond Blossom in a Glass
  8. Wheat Field with Flight of Crows
  9. Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers
  10. Self Portrait
  11. The Sower
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Online tickets and guided tours
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Van Gogh Museum

Arranged on three floors, the works are presented to the visitor in chronological order, starting from the first works carried out in Holland and representing mostly scenes of everyday and rural life, passing through the Parisian phase, up to the last and darkest period of the painter. The museum also houses works by artists such as Manet, Monet, Bernard, Breton, Gauguin, Emile Bernard and Toulouse LautrecFurthermore, there are many temporary exhibitions that cyclically find space inside the structure. It is advisable to visit the museum following the indicated path, in chronological order, starting from the first floor and if you are traveling with children you can contact the desk to book one of the activities designed specifically for children. Inside there are also a bookshop, a well-stocked gift shop and a restaurant

1 - The Potato Eaters

Painted in 1885, the work depicts the interior of a house poorly lit by the light of an oil lamp hanging from one of the ceiling beams, which highlights the cups of coffee and the poor meal of the diners. At the center of the composition is a peasant family gathered around a table to have dinner. The looks are elusive and reinforce the idea that the observer is sneaking into a very intimate moment. Qhis painting well represents the synthesis of Van Gogh's studies in his early working years.

  • creation date: 1885
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 82x114 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

2 - Still Life with Bible

Painted in 1885, in a very fragile moment by the artist after the death of his father, it represents all his anxieties and family conflicts. The Bible in the foreground open to chapter 53 of the book of Isaiah, to underline the deep faith of the father, an extinguished candle that instead symbolizes the artist's distrust in the religion and the book by Zola Joie de vivre, which tells of family breakdown. Very intimate and full of contrasts.

  • creation date: 1887
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 65x78 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

3 - Japanese: Oiran

Painted in 1887, fruit of the painter's love for Japanese art. This large work depicts a Japanese female figure in kimono. The figure stands out against a monumental, very bright chromatic field on a finely decorated background. Below a frog holds the frame where the courtesan is inscribed, above the face floats a small boat and on the left there are two cranes on a water garden in the shade of a reed bed, all details that would qualify the woman as an oiran, that is prostitute.

  • creation date: 1885
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 105,5x60,5 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

4 - Vincent's Room in Arles

Three versions of this painting were painted between 1888 and 1889, one exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, one at the D'Orsay museum in Paris and the one exhibited here in Amsterdam dated October 1888. The subject of the painting is Vincent's bedroom in the Arles house, with the window in the background, the desk and two empty chairs which perhaps symbolize the painter's loneliness and his search for a woman or a friend. The colors of this painting are charged, rich, gaudy, and are applied on the canvas with very nervous red, green, yellow, orange strokes.

  • creation date: 1888
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 72x90 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

5 - The Yellow House

Painted in 1888, represents a glimpse of the city of Arles. The perspective prompts the observer to immediately focus on the main building and then be guided towards the secondary elements and the characters walking in the street. Also in this work the color has a strong impact and yellow predominates with its shades and variations over the other colors used by the artist.

  • creation date: 1888
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 76x94 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

6 - Almond Blossom Branch in a Glass

Painted in 1890, this picture was painted as a gift for the birth of the grandson. The tenderness of the flowers and the turquoise sky are a flash of spring in the psychiatric hospital of Saint Paul-de-Mausole, where the artist was hospitalized. The contrast created between the white of the almond blossoms and the blue of the sky is striking, making it a very delicate work, almost distant from the work he usually performed.

  • creation date: 1890
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 24x19 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

7 - Wheatfield with Flight of Crows

Painted in 1890, possibly the artist's last painting although there is no evidence of this theory. It represents a storm that is about to hit a wheat field from which a flock of black crows rises. The wheat field is torn apart by the wind, while threatening clouds descend into the initially clear sky. The cornfield is also crossed by three winding paths. This painting is a further homage to the forces of nature that inexorably tend to fall upon each of us.

  • creation date: 1890
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 50,3x100,5 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

8 - Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers

From 1889, is part of a series of canvases painted using only shades of yellow. The artist wanted to show that it was possible to create an image with numerous variations of a single color, without any loss of effectiveness on the observer. After having painted the first and feeling complimented by his friend Gauguin, he painted others probably having his own first work as a model. The sunflower paintings had a special meaning for Van Gogh, who wanted to communicate gratitude to the friend who had come to visit him in Arles.

  • creation date: 1889
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 95x73 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

9 - Self-portrait

Painted in 1888, Van Gogh presents himself in this self-portrait as a painter, holding a palette and brushes behind his easel. Prove that you are a modern artist by using a painting style with bright colors. This self-portrait is part of a substantial number of such paintings but it was the last work produced by Van Gogh in Paris, the city that had exhausted him mentally and physically.

  • creation date: 1888
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 65,1x50 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

10 - The Sower

Painted in 1888 and inspired by the works of Jean-François Millet,this painting expresses Van Gogh's admiration for the agricultural world where he came from. The halo of light drawn by the sun around the protagonist enhances the function of creator of new life. The tones are darker and the yellow so dear to the artist is contrasted by the blue tones of the field and the green of the sky.

  • creation date: 1888
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 32x40 cm
  • Technology: oil painting on canvas

Hours and prices

  • every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - Friday from 9:00 to 21:00
  • Best time to avoid queues: with the pre-established time when booking, queues are avoided, however it is advisable to book the visit for the first hours of the day or at closing time.
  • full, admission and multimedia tour € 24,00 - full price, admission only € 19,00
  • Reductions: for discounts, group tours and schools must be booked at info@vangoghmuseum.nl
  • Free: under 18

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 9:30
  2. Buy the city card: with the Amsterdam Card admission to the museum is free and you only have to book the time. The card entitles you to unlimited travel on public transport, admission to the main museums of the city and some attractions, a boat ride and various discounts. The cost is € 60,00 for adults and children for 1 day, € 80,00 for 2 days, € 95,00 for three days. It is advisable to buy the card only for adults, as children under 10 already enjoy many discounts and under 18 enter museums for free.
  3. Priority ticket: tickets are only available online; they are tickets with "hourly priority entrance" and at the time of booking the date and time of the visit must necessarily be indicated. The allowed delay margin is 30 minutes, after which entry is not guaranteed. Buy your priority ticket online to skip the line
  4. Watch out for restrictions: Small bags can be brought into the museum after being checked, but backpacks and umbrellas are not allowed and must be left in the cloakroom. It is forbidden to take pictures with or without flash and with any equipment.
  5. Minimum time: the visiting time of the museum is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  6. Surroundings: The Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk and the city park Vondelpark are also located in the immediate vicinity of the Van Gogh Museum.

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: from the main station in Amstersdam you can get to the museum by traveling 3 km in about 40 minutes, always following the Rokin road heading south - Get directions
  • By bus: with the tram line n ° 2 or n ° 12 departing from the central station every 10 minutes, you arrive at the museum in about 15 minutes (Van Baerlestraat stop). The ticket for one ride costs € 1,50.
  • By metro: the subway connects the central station with the museum via line n ° 52 at a cost of € 1,60 with departures every 8 minutes and arriving in about 15 minutes (Vijzelgracht stop).

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

The architecture of the museum was designed by Gerrit Rietveld, one of the greatest exponents of Dutch neoplasticism, then taken over by Kisho Kurokawa for the construction of the new wing. On December 7, 2002, two paintings were stolen from the museum by thieves from the roof, who removed the canvases "A congregation leaves the reformed church in Nuenen" and "The beach of Scheveningen before a storm". The paintings were found 14 years later after a search against the Camorra.

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