The Van Gogh Museum is located in Amsterdam at the Museum Square (Museumplein). The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has on display are around 200 paintings and many drawings and also, some 750 letters of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the largest collection of works by this 19th century painter. Works like the The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and his self-portrait when he cut his own ear are famous all over the world. Vincent Van Gogh’s history is famous because he was an unpopular painter when he was alive and hardly sold any work. It was only after his death that he became famous. The museum is very popular and to avoid spending hours in line to get in, it’s best to buy online tickets in advance. Here are 10 more thing & tips you need to know before visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
1. Friday Night at the Van Gogh Museum
Friday is the best day to visit the Van Gogh Museum. Every Friday night the Van Gogh museum is open till 10 pm. It’s not as busy as during the day and there are special activities: The bar is open for some sweet cocktails, there are video projections, there is a dj or musical performance, workshops and you can join one of the free tours. Vincent on Friday is a special Friday Night programme with young, creative talents from Amsterdam. Vincent on Friday is every last Friday of the month.
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Combine a visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Friday Night with an evening canal cruise. For €17 you get special skip-the-line tickets for an entrance after 19.00 (or earlier on advance notice). Afterwards you walk 300m and hop into the canal cruise boat. The illuminated buildings, bridges and boats give the city an almost fairytale-like appearance. While you enjoy your drink, you can listen to our audio story in one of available 17 languages.
2. Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum tickets: buy online and skip the line!
The Van Gogh Museum is not only famous because of what’s inside. It’s also famous because of its long lines of people waiting to get in. Blue lane tickets are tickets with a timeslot for a certain date and time to get in the museum. The staff will scan the barcode of your ticket and you will have direct entrance, without standing in line.
3. Vincent van Gogh was not from Amsterdam
Though the museum about the painter Vincent van Gogh is located in Amsterdam, Vincent was not born in Amsterdam. He was born in the South of The Netherlands, near the Belgian border. When he was 33, Vincent van Gogh moved to Antwerp and then to Paris. He lived in Amsterdam about one year, from 1877 till 1878. When he was 24 years old he wrote his brother about his stay here: “It’s a beautiful city here. I wish I could show you all kinds of things”. Later he moved to the South of France to the village of Arles. Here, he created many of his masterpieces.
4. Vincent van Gogh was not famous during his life
Though Van Gogh is now considered on of the most important painters of the 19th century, during his life, he was not very successful. Vincent van Gogh only ever sold one painting.
5. Van Gogh was crazy and not such a nice guy
According to the latest biography on Van Gogh, by Americans Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vincent was a fanatic who didn’t have any friends. He was egocentric, rude, ungrateful, moody and just a general pain in the ass. Also, Vincent van Gogh was crazy. Most of his work, some 800 paintings, Van Gogh made during a period of 10 years. Then he fell ill. He suffered from a mental illness.
6. His only friend was his brother
We know quite a lot from Vincent’s life because he wrote lots of letters to friends and family. He was very close to his younger brother, Theo. Vincent wrote around 400 letters to Theo.
7. Colours and light of the countryside
Most Van Gogh paintings portray the simple life at the farm and the colours and light of the country side: landscapes, wheat fields, cypresses, sunflowers. Also, he made many portraits and self-portraits.
8. Fight with Gauguin
French painter Gauguin came to visit Van Gogh in Arles. But that didn’t go well. They both fell in love with the same woman, a bartender at the local pub. Van Gogh and Gauguin had a fight, a knife was involved and Van Gogh lost a piece of his earlobe during the struggle.
9. Van Gogh was shot by schoolboys
According to writers of the latest book about Van Gogh, the artist didn’t commit suicide, but he was shot by some local schoolboys by accident.
10. Dutch pronunciation of ‘Van Gough’
In Dutch, Van Gogh is pronounced with a hard, throat-sounded ‘g’. Dutch people will look at you in a strange way if you ask the way to the ‘Van Gough Museum’.