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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
€ 20

1-day visit to Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 

In 2023, the Van Gogh Museum celebrates 50 years of inspiration. For 50 years and counting, the Van Gogh Museum has been inspiring people with the artworks of Vincent van Gogh (and his contemporaries). 

Located in the heart of the Netherlands’ capital city, the Van Gogh Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including his mesmerizing self-portraits, vibrant landscapes, and poignant personal letters. Visitors will get a profound insight into the artist’s tumultuous life journey, his innovative techniques, and the profound impact he had on the art world. A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is an immersive and enlightening experience, inviting art enthusiasts from around the globe to delve into the brilliant mind and emotional depth of this remarkable 19th-century artist.

Plan your visit to the Van Gogh Museum. All entrance tickets include admission to the permanent collection and the current temporary exhibitions. Book your tickets in advance online. We highly recommend to secure tickets at least one to two weeks before your planned visit date. 

How to get there:

From Amsterdam Central Station:

Tram: The most convenient way to reach the museum is by taking tram line 2 or tram line 5 from Amsterdam Central Station. These trams run frequently and will get you to the museum in about 10-15 minutes.

From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol:

Train: If you’re arriving at Schiphol Airport, you can take a train to Amsterdam Central Station. From there, follow the directions above to take tram line 2 or 5 to the museum.

From Other Parts of Amsterdam:

Tram or Bus: Depending on your location in Amsterdam, you can use the city’s extensive tram and bus network. Look for trams or buses that stop at “Van Baerlestraat” or “Museumplein,” which are close to the Van Gogh Museum.

Once you arrive near the museum, you’ll find it located at Museumplein (Museum Square), adjacent to other cultural attractions like the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The Van Gogh Museum’s distinctive building is hard to miss.

The exact address for the Van Gogh Museum is: Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Make sure to check the public transportation schedules and routes as they may vary depending on the time of day and any ongoing construction or events. Enjoy your visit to the Van Gogh Museum and  all the incredible art.

Ticket conditions

  • Museum entry ticket for 1-day adult: € 20 ; As of January 2024 € 22
  • Visitors under 18: Free
  • Students: € 10 upon presentation of your (international) student card or proof of enrolment. The student ticket is only valid for visits from Monday to Friday, except for Dutch public holidays and school holidays. As of 1 January 2024 the price for students is € 11.
  • Museumkaart: free
  • Vincent’s Friends: free
  • VriendenLoterij VIP-KAART: free
  • ICOM card: free
  • Rembrandt card: free
  • Stadspass holders: free

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from the museum

ACCESSIBILITY

The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to ensuring accessibility for all of its visitors. Disabled visitors are offered priority entrance and have access to a range of facilities available at the museum.

Listen to this free audio guide on some of the most famous artworks in the Van Gogh Museum, and the life and history of the artist, Vincent van Gogh. 

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From Amsterdam Central Station

Tram: The most convenient way to reach the museum is by taking tram line 2 or tram line 5 from Amsterdam Central Station. These trams run frequently and will get you to the museum in about 10-15 minutes. While it is possible to walk from Central Station, it will take approximately 25 minutes or more, so save your energy for the museum.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a renowned cultural treasure that pays homage to one of the most iconic artists in history, Vincent van Gogh. Located in the heart of the Netherlands’ capital city, this museum is a captivating testament to the life and work of the legendary Dutch painter. A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is an immersive and enlightening experience, inviting art enthusiasts from around the globe to delve into the brilliant mind and emotional depth of this remarkable 19th-century artist.

The artworks are housed across three floors, so you can spend hours and hours admiring some of the world’s most famous paintings. 

The museum gets very busy, but numbers are restricted so as to avoid overcrowding. Visitors are often seen taking turns and are generally very respectful of the time they take to admire the most famous artworks on each floor, which do draw crowds frequently all day long. Photography without flash is allowed.

We recommend having breakfast or an early lunch before entering the museum. There is plenty of sitting areas and open parks near the museum.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam boasts an impressive collection of the artist’s most iconic works. While it’s difficult to definitively rank the “top 10” most famous pieces, here are ten of Vincent van Gogh’s most renowned paintings that you can find in the museum:

The Starry Night (1889): A masterpiece known for its swirling night sky and vibrant stars, this painting is instantly recognizable worldwide.
 
Sunflowers (1889): Van Gogh’s series of sunflower paintings are celebrated for their vivid colors and portrayal of simple beauty. He painted five large canvases with sunflowers in a vase, when he lived in Arles, in the south of France between 1888 and 1889. 
 
Irises (1890): This painting showcases Van Gogh’s fascination with nature, featuring a stunning array of irises in various shades.
 
Almond Blossom (1890): A serene and delicate portrayal of almond blossoms against a clear blue sky, symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings.
 
The Bedroom (1888): Van Gogh’s famous bedroom in Arles, France, depicted in bold colors and expressive brushwork.
 
The Yellow House (1888): This humble house was finally a place where Van Gogh could paint and have like-minded painters live and work together. 
 
Self-Portrait with a Grey Felt Hat (1887): Van Gogh painted this self-portrait in the winter of 1887–88, one of his boldest experiments using the Pointillist technique, when he lived in Paris for almost two years. 
 
Wheatfield with Crows (1890): Often interpreted as a reflection of Van Gogh’s emotional turmoil, this painting is a powerful and somber landscape.
 
The Potato Eaters (1885): One of Van Gogh’s early works, it showcases his early commitment to portraying the lives of peasants in a realistic and empathetic manner.
 
Portrait of Dr. Gachet (1890): A portrait of Van Gogh’s doctor, which sold for a record-breaking price at auction in 1990, and is a testament to his enduring popularity.
 

These are just a few of the remarkable works on display at the Van Gogh Museum, offering visitors a profound insight into the artist’s genius and the evolution of his style over time.

After enjoying the day at the museum, there are wide open park spaces where you can have a picnic or read a book and just chill. Or check out all the amazing dining options.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is located in a vibrant area with plenty of dining options nearby. Here’s a list of restaurants and eateries within walking distance of the museum:

Rijks Restaurant: Located within the Rijksmuseum, this upscale restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a focus on Dutch cuisine and art-inspired dishes.

Museumplein Grand Café: Situated right next to the Van Gogh Museum, this café offers a variety of options, from sandwiches to Dutch pancakes, in a convenient location overlooking Museumplein.

Le Pain Quotidien: A cozy café known for its organic and wholesome fare, including fresh bread, salads, and delicious pastries. It’s a short walk from the museum.

Café Cobra: A trendy spot with a diverse menu offering both Dutch and international dishes, perfect for a casual lunch or dinner.

Stedelijk Museum Restaurant: Located in the Stedelijk Museum next to the Van Gogh Museum, this restaurant offers a modern and artistic dining experience.

Vinkeles: For a luxurious dining experience, Vinkeles at The Dylan Amsterdam Hotel is a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves exquisite French cuisine.

The Seafood Bar: If you’re a seafood enthusiast, this restaurant offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes and is located a short walk away from the museum.

Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam: Known for its American-style dining and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, this restaurant is a fun choice for those looking for a lively atmosphere.

Vondelpark3: Located in the beautiful Vondelpark, this restaurant offers a tranquil setting and a menu with a mix of Dutch and international dishes.

Albert Cuyp Market: Not a restaurant, but this bustling market nearby has many food stalls and vendors offering a variety of street food options if you prefer a quick and affordable bite.

Please note that restaurant availability and operating hours may change, so it’s a good idea to check their websites or call ahead for the latest information and reservations, especially if you plan to dine during peak hours or on weekends. Enjoy your visit to the Van Gogh Museum and the culinary delights of Amsterdam!

20 MUST-SEE PAINTINGS in the Van Gogh Museum:

FIRST FLOOR

Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear

SECOND FLOOR

The Bedroom

Sunflowers 

Irises

Almond Blossom

Wheatfield with Crows

The Potato Eaters

Van Gogh’s Chair

Wheat Field with Cypresses

 The Park at Arles

The Mulberry Tree

View of Paris from Montmartre

Undergrowth with Two Figures

Portrait of Dr. Gachet (sketches)

The Sower

The Bridge at Langlois

Olive Trees

THIRD FLOOR

The Yellow House 

The Harvest

Please note that the organization and display of artworks in museums can change due to special exhibitions or renovations. It’s a good idea to check the museum’s official website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information on the location of specific paintings during your visit.

DID YOU KNOW?

There are five paintings from Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” series, located in different museums and private collections around the world. Here’s a list of where each of the five paintings is currently housed:

1. “Sunflowers” (National Gallery, London, UK): This is one of the most famous and iconic paintings in the series. It’s held at the National Gallery in London.

2. “Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands): Another well-known piece from the series, this painting is part of the collection at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

3. “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers” (Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany): This painting can be found at the Neue Pinakothek in Munich.

4. “Still Life: Vase with Fourteen Sunflowers” (private collection): This particular painting is privately owned and is not on public display.

5. “Still Life: Vase with Five Sunflowers” (private collection): Similar to the fourth painting, this one is also in a private collection and is not available for public viewing.

While some of these paintings are in museums and accessible to the public, others remain in private hands, making them rare and valuable pieces of art history.

Other museums near by:

The Museumplein area in Amsterdam, where the Van Gogh Museum is located, is known for its concentration of cultural institutions. In addition to the Van Gogh Museum, there are several other notable museums nearby:

Rijksmuseum: Right next to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands, housing an extensive collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Stedelijk Museum: Also adjacent to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum is Amsterdam’s premier contemporary art museum, featuring a wide range of modern and contemporary art and design. It features a diverse collection of 19th-21st-century art, design, and photography.

Moco Museum: A short walk from the Van Gogh Museum, this museum focuses on modern and contemporary art and often features exhibitions of renowned artists like Banksy, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring.

Diamond (Diamant) Museum Amsterdam: Located nearby, this museum provides insights into the history of diamonds in Amsterdam, a city with a rich diamond-cutting heritage. Dive into the insights into the history of diamonds, their mining, and their cultural significance.

The Houseboat Museum: Located along the nearby canals, this unique museum allows you to step inside a real houseboat and learn about life on the water in Amsterdam. The museum is located in the Hendika Maria”, a former cargo ship built in 1914.

Museum Van Loon: Situated in a beautifully preserved canal house, this museum provides a glimpse into the life of a wealthy Amsterdam merchant family from the Golden Age. The house was designed in 1672 by architect Adriaen Dortsman and served as the home of the Van Loon family, who lived in the house from the 19th century.

Het Concertgebouw: While not a museum, this renowned concert hall is celebrated for its exceptional acoustics and hosts classical music performances by world-class orchestras and musicians.

House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience: Learn about the history of Bols, the Dutch distillery, and enjoy a guided tour and tasting experience.

Tropenmuseum: A little farther from the Museumplein, this museum focuses on ethnography and showcases diverse cultural artifacts from around the world.

FOAM Photography Museum: A short walk away, FOAM is dedicated to contemporary photography and features a rotating selection of exhibitions from both emerging and established photographers.

These museums collectively offer a rich and diverse cultural experience, making the Museumplein area a cultural hub in Amsterdam. Whether you’re interested in art, history, fashion, or diamonds, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Other attractions near by:

In addition to museums, the area surrounding the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam offers a variety of other attractions and points of interest. Here are some notable ones:

Vondelpark: This picturesque urban park is just a short stroll from the museum. It’s a great place for a leisurely walk, a picnic, or simply relaxing in a green oasis within the city.

Concertgebouw: Located across from the Van Gogh Museum, the Concertgebouw is one of the world’s most renowned concert halls, known for its exceptional acoustics. Check the schedule for classical music performances.

Canal Cruises: Amsterdam’s iconic canals are a major attraction. You can take a canal cruise from nearby points to explore the city from a unique perspective.

Leidseplein: This lively square is filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, and theaters. It’s a hub for nightlife and entertainment.  It is situated on the crossroads of the Weteringschans, Marnixstraat, and Leidsestraat.

Heineken Experience: Not far from the museum, you can visit the former Heineken brewery, now turned into an interactive museum offering insights into the brewing process and the history of Heineken beer.

Amsterdam’s Historic Center: The heart of Amsterdam, including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and the bustling shopping streets, is easily accessible by tram or a pleasant walk from the museum area.

Albert Cuyp Market: This famous street market offers a wide variety of goods, including clothing, food, and souvenirs. It’s a great place to explore local flavors and culture.

Holland Casino: If you enjoy gaming and entertainment, the Holland Casino Amsterdam is nearby and offers a range of games and dining options.

Anne Frank House: A short tram ride away, the Anne Frank House is a powerful museum that tells the story of Anne Frank and her family during World War II.

Art Galleries: The Museumplein area is home to numerous art galleries and antique shops, where you can explore a wide range of artworks and collectibles.

These attractions provide a mix of cultural, historical, and recreational experiences, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the vicinity of the Van Gogh Museum.