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Van Gogh Museum Visitor Information


The main building of the Van Gogh Museum (left) and the oval exhibition wing, seen from the Museumplein

The main building of the Van Gogh Museum (left) and the oval exhibition wing, seen from the Museumplein

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Here you'll find practical visitor information on the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. For a description of the artwork you'll see here, including a summary of significant pieces from different periods of Van Gogh's life, see my guide to Highlights and Paintings of the Van Gogh Museum.

The Van Gogh Museum is one of Amsterdam's must-see attractions. Opened in 1973, the museum evokes an emotional experience for visitors, as the galleries follow Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh's often-troubled artistic career of just 10 years.

The audio tour offers interpretation of his work, excerpts from his letters and an explanation of his impact on art.

Visitor Information:

  • Location: Museum Quarter neighborhood. Address: Paulus Potterstraat 7 (south of the Rijksmuseum on the Museumplein).

  • Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Extended hours on Fridays to 10 p.m. Ticket office closes 30 minutes before museum.

  • Closed: January 1

  • Phone: +31 (0)20 570 52 00

  • Admission: Adults: € 10; Ages 13 - 17: € 2.50; Under 12: Free. Special exhibitions may be more.

  • Audio Tour: Additional € 4 (available in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian).
  • Multimedia Tour: Additional € 4 (available in Dutch and English). This new tool offers reproductions, photographs, letters, drawings, interviews, film clips, music and games on a handheld computer.

  • Children: Ask about the children's audio tour (€ 2.50, ages 7 - 12) and special "open atelier" weekend workshops (€ 4, ages 6 - 12). Find a "treasure hunt" idea and blank coloring pages online.

  • Accessibility: All rooms are wheelchair-accessible and the museum will provide wheelchairs upon request.

Transportation and Parking:

  • By Tram: Line 2 or 5 to the Van Baerlestraat stop (which is actually on Paulus Potterstraat).

    Line 3, 12, 16 or 24 to the Museumplein stop (five-minute walk across the park to entrance).

  • By Water: The Canal Bus and Museum Boat both make stops on the Singelgracht, just across from the northern face of the Rijksmuseum (10-minute walk to Van Gogh Museum from here).

  • By Car: Parking is available in the Q Park parking garage at Museumplein. Use the entrance on Van Baerlestraat.

Tips to Avoid Crowds and Lines:

  • When to Go: Lines outside the Van Gogh Museum can look daunting, but they move quickly. Weekends are the busiest days; go early on a weekday morning or during Friday night extended hours to avoid crowds. Summer is high tourist season in Amsterdam (read When to Go to Amsterdam for more seasonal highlights).

  • Pre-purchased Tickets: Bypass the lines altogether when you buy tickets online (you'll need a credit card and printer) or at any of the Amsterdam Tourist Offices ("VVV") ahead of time.

Shops and Restaurants:

The on-site museum shop, accessible only for paid visitors, offers a comprehensive selection of posters and books on Van Gogh and other 19th-century artists. Forgot your souvenir? You can shop online. Stalls on the Museumplein also sell Van Gogh merchandise.

The (in-house) museum restaurant serves drinks, snacks and simple lunch options like soups, salads, sandwiches and quiche. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (kitchen closes 15 minutes earlier).

See my picks for Restaurants near the Van Gogh Museum for more dining suggestions.
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