Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of the works of the world’s most popular artist - Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), his paintings, drawings and letters, completed with the art of his contemporaries. Each year, 1.6 million visitors come to the Van Gogh Museum, making it one of the 25 most popular museums in the world.

The collection features the works of Vincent van Gogh – more than 200 painting, 500 drawings but also works of other artists, his contemporaries – Impressionists and Postimpressionists. 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. The museum made part of its collection accessible on Internet throughGoogle Art Project.

The modern main building was designed by Gerrit Rietveld, completed by his partners after his death (opened in 1973), with later built elliptical exhibition wing by Kisho Kurokawa (opened in 1999).



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L R (5 months ago)
I've been here before, but I don't remember it as informative as this last trip on August 21. The exhibitions are very nice and well laid out. I really enjoyed my day here until I was told I couldn't take photos. I had asked a staff member on the ground floor if photos were allowed and he stated, yes, but please no flash, avoid getting up close to the art and avoid getting in the way of people. So when a different staff member, rudely came up to me on the second floor to state "No photos!", then walked away from me, I followed him to let him know that I had asked. There was more to this encounter, but the bottom line is that the museum needs to decide if photos are allowed or not so that staff on one floor don't state one answer and another answer on another floor. So when you visit, be prepared to get two answers. I did not take any photos after I was rudely told not to. However, on this same floor, in the same area, I saw many people taking photos after my encounter. The museum is definitely worth a visit.
Myron Smith (5 months ago)
Excellent Museum. Kid friendly with a half hour where they get to go and draw and paint, as well as given paper so they can sketch the Paintings on the walls if they like. Great gift shop as well. To do the entire thing I estimate about 3-5 hours depending on if you are doing the audio guide and want to read every single blurb for each painting.
Esther Leelaswatanakun (5 months ago)
So much too see! The museum shop and bookstores are also nice, I got a few art books from there. Now that there’s limited number of visitor per day, the museum is not as crowded. However, I still think the number should be limited to lower. It’s still difficult to see in some popular areas.
Henri Bono (6 months ago)
Large exhibition, very nice building and a lot of room to circulate around the paintings. However Two comments: the descriptions are written so small that you have to be 'on' the painting to read them and thus blocking the view of the other visitors. The second: many paintings have a poor light...
Alexandra Burianová (6 months ago)
Vincent Van Gogh Museum was really nice place with good organization. All exhibition had good system of his paintings. I used headphones to learn a lot about Vincent's work, this Museum is really good for a different view of Vincent's life. the staff was also very nice, so I give 5 stars for this place.
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