Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam
Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)20 570 5200
closed on: open daily
Museum Type: Art
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is an art museum famous for its collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, possibly the largest and most important in the world.

The museum is located in the Museumplein, the cultural quarter of Amsterdam, alongside with the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw concert hall.
The Van Gogh museum opened in 1973 in a building specially designed by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld; an oval-shaped expansion, designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, was completed in 1998 to be used for temporary exhibitions.
Finally, a new entrance wing, originally designed by Kurokawa and then developed by Hans van Heeswijk Architects, was inaugurated in 2015.

Above: the new entrance wing of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Photo Jan Kees Steenman courtesy of Van Gogh Museum.

The collection of the Van Gogh Museum originates from the private collection of Van Gogh’s heirs and currently comprises more than 200 masterpieces by the Dutch painter, together with drawings, documents, and personal letters.

The collection also includes works by other artists that were friends to Van Gogh or influenced his work, including Paul Gauguin, Auguste Rodin, George Seurat, Claude Monet, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among many others.

A third section presents a collection of Japanese prints, of which both Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo were passionate collectors.

The museum is also a research center and organizes exhibitions, special events, guided tours, and educational programs for kids and adults.
The Van Gogh Museum building in Amsterdam also contains a library with over 35,000 publications, a shop, and a cafe-restaurant.
The museum is fully accessible to physically-impaired people; wheelchairs can be borrowed on-site, free of charge.

Van Gogh self-portrait with hat

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat, 1887, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Photos: cover by Bauke Karel; 1 by Rene Gerritsen; 2, 3 and 4 by Martijn van den Dobbelsteen, courtesy of Van Gogh Museum.



Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam with, in the background, the old building designed by Gerrit Rietveld in the 1970s. Photo Rene Gerritsen

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

The Kurokawa Wing. Photo Bauke Karel

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam interior 2

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam interior 3

Views of the Van Gogh galleries; photos by Martijn van den Dobbelsteen (top) and  Jan Kees Steenman; courtesy of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam interior 1

This gallery presents works by artists who influenced Van Gogh. Photo Jan Kees Steenman; courtesy of Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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