Amsterdam Sights

Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is the museum with the world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh: more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters as well as the artist's own collection of Japanese prints.

New eye-catching entrance hall of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum

Stolen Van Gogh paintings return

On 22 March, the 2 Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen 14 years ago will go back on display in the Van Gogh Museum. Van Gogh's Seascape at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen will once again be on display at the Van Gogh Museum .

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): View of the Sea at Scheveningen, 1882
Van Gogh made this view of the sea in 1882, while living in The Hague. He went from the city to the seaside to paint a 'nasty little storm'. He did a good job of capturing the dark sky and, in particular, the breaking waves: 'the effect of furrows of ploughed land', he wrote to his brother Theo.

Collection and building

The museum also houses an extensive collection of works of art by other 19th-century painters and sculptors. The permanent collection is housed in the main building, which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld.
The exhibition wing, designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1999, offers a wide range of exhibitions related to 19th-century art.

The new all-glass entrance to Museumplein was also designed by Kisho Kurokawa and opened to the public in September 2015, following in the steps of its neighbouring Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) -- Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887

Work of Vincent van Gogh

The work of Vincent van Gogh contains all his paintings as well as his written documents. They provide a unique insight into his life and work. Van Gogh's work is organized chronologically into five periods, each representing a different phase of his life and work: the Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Work of other Artists

This part of the museum shows an extensive permanent collection of other 19th century artists. These artists were contemporaries and friends of Van Gogh, and include Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Van Gogh met these artists in Paris, a period in his life that was formative in the development of his painting style. It was in Paris where he got acquainted with the painting style of the Impressionist's; the handling of light and color, and treating their original themes from the town and country.

How to get there?

tram2, 3, 5, 12 - stop Van Baerlestraat
parkingQ-Park Museumplein

The Yellow House, 1888
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): The Yellow House, 1888
In May 1888, Van Gogh rented four rooms on the right-hand side of a house on the Place Lamartine in Arles. His living quarters were the ones with the green shutters. His bedroom lay beyond. To the left we see the restaurant where he usually took his meals. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo in the letter that accompanied a drawing he had made after the painting: "What a powerful sight, those yellow houses in the sun and then the unforgettable clarity of the blue [sky]."

Basket with Potatoes, 1885
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): Basket with Potatoes, 1885
This dark still life is a tonal exercise; that is, a study of the effects which can be achieved using varying shades of a limited number of colors. In addition, Van Gogh also sought to give a realistic depiction of the potatoes, with both solidity and 'weight.' Some of the potatoes, however, still appear to float up towards the surface.

The White Orchard, 1888
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890): The White Orchard, 1888
Van Gogh intended the three orchard paintings to go together: a letter to Theo includes a sketch of the triptych he had in mind. Between 24 March and 21 April 1888 he made no fewer than fourteen paintings of fruit trees in blossom. He hoped they would sell well: they were, he wrote, 'motifs which everyone enjoys.'

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Van Gogh Museum

Paulus Potterstraat 7
Amsterdam (Museumplein)

official website

Opening hours

Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tue 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 09:00 - 18:00
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 18:00

Note that on Fridays the
Van Gogh Museum is open
until 10 pm!

Entrance fee

free0-17 years

Tip for visitors

Skip the queues and buy your tickets online in advance to gain entrance to the museum


For children

Van Gogh Museum for kids Create a diorama, go on a treasure hunt or colour Vincent van Gogh's bedroom: activities for kids