Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the 19th-century painter Vincent Van Gogh.
During his peak Van Gogh worked on 900 paintings in a span of 10 years – that’s one painting every four days.
Unfortunately, during his lifetime, he managed to sell only one of his painting.
After his death, his paintings have been in massive demand and some of them even sell for as high as $148.6 million (Portrait of Dr. Gachet).
Van Gogh Museum is the most visited Museum in Amsterdam. More than 2.5 Million tourists visit this art Museum every year.
Here is everything you need to know before visiting Van Gogh Museum –
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Waiting times
5. Duration of visit
6. Van Gogh Museum tickets
7. Best combo tours
8. Multimedia Guide
9. Van Gogh Museum map
10. Must see paintings
Location of Van Gogh Museum
It is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw.
Van Gogh Museum’s address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam.
How to get to Van Gogh Museum
There are two stops near the Van Gogh Museum – Van Baerlestraat and Museumplein.
You can take Tram 2, 5 or 12 and get down at Van Baerlestraat or take Trams 3, 5 or 12 and get down at Museumplein.
If you plan to reach Van Gogh Museum by bus, get onto bus number 347 or 357 and get down at the Museumplein stop.
Van Gogh Museum from Amsterdam Central Station
If you are coming from the Amsterdam Central, the two easiest options are:
– Take Tram 2 or 12 and get down at Van Baerlestraat
– Take bus 347 (in the direction of Uithoorn) or bus 357 (in the direction of Kudelstaart) and get down at Museumplein stop
Van Gogh Museum parking
You can also reach the Van Gough Museum by car.
The digital parking system in Amsterdam is expensive but easy to use. You enter your license plate into the meters and pay with a local bank card or international credit card. Cash and coins can’t be used in the parking meters.
The parking of the Van Gogh museum is located underneath Museumplein, Q-Park which is the entrance of Van Baerlestraat.
Van Gogh Museum hours
Everyday Van Gogh Museum opens at 9 am sharp.
It is the closing time that keeps changing depending on the day of the week and the season.
Irrespective of the month or season, every Friday, the Van Gogh Museum opens at 9 am and closes at 9 pm.
During the colder months of November to February, the Museum ends up closing at 5 pm.
From mid-June to early September, to cater to the summer rush the Van Gogh Museum is open till 7 pm in the evening. During this period, the Friday timing (9 am to 9 pm) gets applied to Saturdays as well.
In short, if you plan your visit between 9 am and 5 pm, you can avoid reaching the Museum when it is closed.
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Best time to visit Van Gogh Museum
The months of April, May, July, and August are the busiest for Van Gogh Museum. If you hate crowd, these aren’t the best months to visit.
Weekends are busy too and result in waiting lines which could take up anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours of your time.
On special occasions like Queen’s day, Liberation Day week and the New Year period, the museum attracts a lot of art connoisseurs.
During this period as well the queues are long and the exploration inside the Museum gets noisy.
Being an indoor attraction, rainy days are also a bad time to visit the Van Gogh Museum. With nowhere to turn to, all tourists decide to land up at the Art Museum on rainy days.
Now for the best time to visit Van Gogh Museum –
If you want a seamless entry, book your tickets online (links provided below) and land up at the Museum between 9-10 am.
From 11 am to 1 pm, the Museum starts getting crowded.
On weekdays, it stays crowded till 3 pm. That’s why if you miss the early morning visit to Van Gogh, the next best time to visit is after 3 pm.
With extended closing hours, Friday nights are a perfect time to visit the Museum.
Waiting times at Van Gogh Museum
9 am to 10 am: 15-20 minutes of waiting time on weekdays and more than 30-35 minutes on weekends.
10 am to 1 pm: Depending on the season and the weather, waiting time during this period is in the range of 90 minutes to 2 hours on weekends. On weekdays, it comes down to a little more than an hour.
1 pm to 3 pm: Most of the weekends the waiting time during these hours is around 45 minutes and more. On weekdays, it likely to be around 30 minutes.
3 pm to 6 pm: Moderate crowd on Fridays and weekends with a waiting time of about 15-20 minutes. On other days if you are lucky you may get your tickets in just ten minutes.
These waiting times are for the queue to buy tickets.
However, if you buy Van Gogh Museum tickets online, you can avoid these queues, save time and walk right into the Museum.
How long is Van Gogh Museum tour
The duration of your trip to Van Gogh Museum depends on two things –
1. Your waiting time at the Museum’s ticket counter, to buy the tickets
2. The time you spend inside the Museum exploring
Depending on the time of the day, the season and the weather your waiting time at the ticketing counter can range from 10 minutes to 2 hours. We suggest you avoid this by buying Van Gogh Museum tickets online.
Now that, the tickets are taken care of let us tell you how long your tour of Van Gogh Museum will last.
There are 4 floors in the main building and 3 in the exhibition wing. There are also lots of stairs and a lot of walking to do.
Two hours are enough to see and appreciate each painting in the Van Gogh Museum.
However, real Van Gogh buffs are even known to spend up to four hours exploring his paintings.
Van Gogh Museum tickets
The best way to avoid the waiting lines which may take up to 2 hours of your time, is to book your tickets online.
Both the Van Gogh Museum tickets provided below are delivered to your inbox within five minutes of purchase.
This means you can show the ticket in your email on your smartphone and enter the Museum. Yes, no printouts needed!
1. Skip the Line Van Gogh Museum tickets
It gives you skip the line access to Van Gogh Museum. That is, you can walk past all the waiting people and enter the Museum the moment you arrive.
These Museum tickets are timed, so you must select your preferred time slot while booking them.
On the ticket booking page, you also have the option of opting for an audio guide. The Audio Guide costs 5 Euros extra.
Ticket prices (without Audio Guide)
Adult ticket (18+ years): 18 Euros
Child ticket (0-17 years): Free
Ticket prices (with Audio Guide)
Adult ticket (18+ years): 23 Euros
Child ticket (0-17 years): 3 Euros
2. Van Gogh Museum ‘Guided tour’ tickets
This guided tour ticket is everything the previous ticket gives you plus a knowledgeable guide to take you around the Museum.
The Van Gogh expert narrates stories and anecdotes to make your trip interesting. He/she also ensures that you don’t miss out on the important exhibits in the Museum.
The guide takes you around for 2 hours, after which you are free to explore the Museum on your own – in case you want to.
You have two options while booking this tour – the semi-private tour (with a group of 8 tourists) and the private tour (with just you and your family/friends).
It can be canceled 24 before your visit, for a full refund.
Ticket prices (semi-private group)
Adult ticket (18+ years): 99 Euros
Youth ticket (10-17 years): 75 Euros
Child ticket (0-9 years): 49 Euros
Ticket prices (private group)
Adult ticket (18+ years): 189 Euros
Youth ticket (10-17 years): 75 Euros
Child ticket (0-9 years): 59 Euros
Van Gogh Museum combo tours
Combo tours are quite popular with Amsterdam tourists because a lot of attractions are nearby.
For instance, the distance between Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum is just 300 meters.
Here is our selection of the three best combo tours which also include a visit to Van Gogh museum.
1. Van Gogh Museum & Rijksmuseum ticket
This is one of the best combo tickets for a tourist in Amsterdam.
With this tour ticket, you get
– Skip the Line access to Van Gogh Museum
– Skip the Line access to Rijksmuseum
– One-hour canal cruise
– Entry to Diamond Museum
An expert guide will enhance your experience at the Museums by narrating lesser-known stories and anecdotes about the artists and their paintings.
The ticket also includes a light lunch at Rijksmuseum.
Adult ticket (13+ years): 109 Euros
Child ticket (4 to 12 years): 54 Euros
2. Van Gogh Museum and City Canal Cruise
With this ticket, you can skip the lines at the Van Gogh Museum and enjoy a 75 minutes’ cruise along the canals of the bohemian De Pijp district.
You can decide, which one to do first – the Museum or the Canal cruise.
While booking the ticket, you must select a time slot for your Van Gogh Museum.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 32 Euros
Child ticket (5 to 17 years): 10 Euros
3. Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Red Light District walking tour
This is a semi-private tour and needs at least 2 people to start.
A very knowledgeable art historian takes you through the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the red-light district of Amsterdam.
At both the Museums, you skip the lines and enter through the priority entrance.
During this 5-hour tour you will learn about a lot of controversial paintings done by the Dutch masters in the Red Light district.
We won’t recommend this tour if you have kids traveling with you.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 285 Euros
Youth ticket (10 to 17 years): 135 Euros
Child ticket (below 9 years): 105 Euros
Van Gogh Museum multimedia guide
Van Gogh Museum is better explored with an art expert guiding you. However, if you can’t afford a knowledgeable guide, the next best thing is the Van Gogh Museum’s multimedia guide.
While booking your Van Gogh Museum tickets, you can book the guide as well.
In case you didn’t, you can always purchase the multimedia guide on the day of your visit from the Multimedia Desk in the museum.
It’s available in 11 languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
A special family guide designed for families with children aged 6 to 12 is also available in Dutch and English languages.
Cost of Multimedia Guide
For Adults (18+ years): 5 Euros
For Children (13 to 17 years): 3 Euros
Kids below the age of 12 can join their parents for free.
Van Gogh Museum map
If you haven’t booked a guided tour, the next best option during your visit to Van Gogh Museum is the multimedia guide.
But if you are on a budget and don’t want to spend the extra 5 Euros per head for the Van Gogh Museum Multimedia guide, we suggest carrying a map with you.
This art museum is colossal and there is a lot to see. The trick is in not getting lost and missing out on important paintings on display.
From the location of the stairs to the sections of paintings and letters, this Museum map gives you an idea of every part of the Van Gogh Museum.
The map also gives information about the facilities and features of the Museum like the café and free wifi etc.
Having a printed copy or mobile image of the map is a very convenient way of guiding yourself inside the museum. Download Map
Van Gogh Museum paintings
Every painting of Van Gogh is special, but some are more special than others.
Van Gogh’s sources of inspiration and the depth of his paintings are worth understanding before you explore them in person.
Here are nine paintings you must not miss during your visit to the Van Gogh Museum.
1. The Potato Eaters
One of the most famous works of Van Gogh, ‘The Potato Eaters’ was made between April – May 1885.
It was criticized at that time due to its dark colors and imperfections but the message it conveys is commendable.
The painting shows a group of working-class people having supper.
They have unhappy bony faces and are painted in dusty colors like that of an unpeeled potato.
The ‘Sunflowers’ was made with just three shades of yellow and nothing else in 1888 and 1889.
He showed through this painting that an image can be created with various variations of a single color without any loss of articulacy.
As per Van Gogh, the painting communicated ‘gratitude’.
3. Almond Blossom
Almond trees are a symbol of life as they flower early in spring.
Vincent gifted the painting of the Almond Blossom to his brother and sister-in-law who just had a baby.
Theo had promised his brother that his son would be named after Vincent.
Surprisingly, it was Vincent Willem (son of Theo) who founded the Van Gogh Museum.
4. Garden with Courting Couples: Square Saint-Pierre
Van Gogh called this painting ‘the painting of the garden with lovers’.
It has couples romancing under chestnut trees in a park.
Vincent too had a longing to get a wife and family but unfortunately, he had the most impossible love affairs.
5. Self-portrait as a painter
The last work Van Gogh produced in Paris was his own portrait as a painter with palette and paintbrushes behind his easel.
He used bright unblended colors to show himself as a modern artist.
Paris had exhausted him physically and mentally and that’s why he painted himself sad in the painting.
6. The Yellow House
The Yellow house was the place where Van Gogh finally moved in.
He loved his house as this was his dream home where like-minded painters could come, live and work with him.
A friend of his lived near the railway bridge showed in the painting. He also painted the restaurant close to this house where he would often eat.
7. The Bedroom
Van Gogh had prepared his room in the Yellow house himself with simple furniture and his own paintings adorning the walls.
The bright colors he used in it have got discolored over the years and thus look contrasting.
To resemble a Japanese print, he had flattened the interior and missed out the shadows. He liked this painting a lot.
Made in 1890, this was painted in the psychiatric hospital Saint-Rémy.
For him, the painting was mainly a study in color.
He set out a powerful color contrast by placing purple flowers against a yellow background which made the flowers stand out even more strongly.
Now, the color has faded to turn blue.
9. Wheatfield with Crows
This painting, in which he painted a stormy sky with crows and a dead-end path, is claimed to be one of his very last works.
The dead-end path made many people claim that he was referring to his approaching death.
Through this painting, he expressed sadness and extreme loneliness along with the healthy and fortifying side of the countryside.