Paulus Potterstraat 7 - P.O. Box 75366

Phone: +31 (0)20 570 5200
Fax: +31 (0)20 570 5222
Website: http://www3.vangoghmuseum

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum is a young museum. It opened its doors in 1973 and has since grown into one of the world’s most prominent and popular museums. Its reputation stems from its unique collection, the quality of its exhibitions, its outstanding research, pristine publications, and its two internationally renowned buildings on one of Europe’s leading cultural locations. The museum collects and preserves Western paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from the period 1840 to 1920. At the heart of the museum is the estate of Vincent van Gogh, the largest collection of Van Gogh’s work anywhere in the world. Around this the museum presents a broad range of nineteenth-century art.

The Van Gogh Museum consists of two buildings: the main structure designed by Gerrit Rietveld and opened in 1973, and the Exhibition Wing by Kisho Kurokawa completed in 1999. The architecture of the museum has a complex history: apart from these two architects, several others have contributed to finishing, rebuilding or remodelling parts of both buildings.

Originally the Van Gogh Museum just consisted of the main building on the Paulus Potterstraat, and housed both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. At present it is used only for displaying the permanent collection. It was designed in 1963-64 by Gerrit Rietveld and completed after his death by his partners. The museum opened in 1973.

Rietveld was a leading member of De Stijl, a group of progressive artists and architects which was active in the 1920s and published its own magazine. In line with his Modernist approach, Rietveld favoured geometrical forms and light, open spaces. The m... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It provides the opportunity to keep track of the artist's developments, or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.

In addition to work by Van Gogh, the museum has a rich and varied collection of other 19th-century art. The artists represented include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and others: Van Gogh’s friends and contemporaries, those who inspired him, and those who drew inspiration from him.



until 19 August 2007
Max Beckmann in Amsterdam, 1937-1947
This exhibition offers the first extensive retrospective of work by Max Beckmann in his years in Amsterdam. Max Beckmann (1884-1950) was one of the leading and most distinguished German artists of the 20th century. On view

25 May 2007 - 26 August
Jan Kruis illustrates Woutertje Pieterse
In this exhibition the Van Gogh Museum features original paintings and sketches made by comic strip artist Jan Kruis for an illustrated version of Multatuli’s Woutertje Pieterse.

20 April 2007 - 8 July 2007
Van Gogh’s friends
This presentation features drawings by artists in Van Gogh’s circle of friends.

29 September 2006 - 7 October 2007
Hidden colours
Red, yellow and blue in the early paintings of Vincent van Gogh provides a glimpse behind the scenes into the current state of research that the museum is conducting together with Shell Nederland and Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage.


Adults: € 10
13-17 years: € 2.50
0-12 years: free admission

Museum card holders: free admission*
Members of ICOM: free admission*

I Amsterdam card holders: free admission

Special rates
Rabobank Europas: € 5
Stadspas card holders: € 5**
ANWB members: € 8,50 (a valid ANWB membership card is required)**

There is no special rate for groups or students.

* ICOM-members and Museum card holders gain immediate entrance to the museum and do not need to wait in ticket lines.

** Unfortunateley these tickets cannot be ordered online.

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House rules

Works of art can easily be damaged, so please do not come too close or touch them. You are not allowed to take photographs, to film, or to make audio or video recordings. Large bags, umbrellas and bottles holding beverages or other fluids must be left in the cloakroom. Smoking is prohibited throughout the building. On entering the museum, visitors and all their belongings are subject to security checks, including metal detection.

Opening hours

Museum: daily 10.00 to 18.00, Friday 10.00 to 22.00
Ticket office: daily 10.00 to 17.30, Friday to 21.30
Shop: daily 10.00 to 17.45, Friday to 21.45
Restaurant: daily 10.00 to 17.30, Friday to 21.30, kitchen to 21.15
Library Museumplein 4: Monday to Friday 10.00 to12.30 and 13.30 to 17.00
Closed 1 January

Friday Night

The Van Gogh Museum is open until 10 pm on Friday evenings - and there is always something special to experience. This spring the Friday Night events revolve around music, thematic lectures, literature and poetry. In addition, starting 6 April, every Friday evening the Veenfabriek will be guest hosting an installation and a performance inspired by the exhibition Max Beckmann in Amsterdam made exclusively for the Van Gogh Museum. Moreover, armchairs, video projections, DJs and a bar transform the central hall into a relaxed place to meet every Friday night.

The Van Gogh Museum Friday Night is made possible by the museum’s promoting partner Rabobank.

Rabobank Europas holders receive 50% discount on the admission fee and may bring along a guest for free on Friday evenings as of 6 pm.

Getting there

Please consult this map

Travelling by public transport

From Central Station in Amsterdam, take tram 2 (towards Nieuw Sloten) or 5 (towards Amstelveen Binnenhof) to the Van Baerlestraat stop.
From Station Amsterdam Zuid/WTC, take tram 5 (towards Central Station) to the Van Baerlestraat stop.
You can also take tram 3 or 12 to the Van Baerlestraat stop or bus 145, 170 or 172 to the Museumplein stop.
For information about travelling by train, you can visit
Bus and tram schedules are available at

Travelling by car

From the A10 motorway, take exit S108, and then turn right onto Amstelveenweg. At Stadionplein, bear right, and turn left at the traffic lights. At the roundabout next to Haarlemmermeerstation, take the second right, into Cornelis Krusemanstraat. Continue down this street, which becomes the Lairessestraat, until you reach Museumplein, where the Van Gogh Museum is located.

You can also plan your trip using

See also for an overview of road works, traffic diversions and car parks in Amsterdam.

The closest parking places are in the Q-Park garage underneath Museumplein. The entrance to this parking garage is across from the Concertgebouw. (If you have followed the above directions and are driving down Lairessestraat, turn left at Museumplein and then take an immediate right into the parking garage).

Please note: there is a separate entrance for buses on Paulus Potterstraat.

For parking rates, please visit

Other possibilities
Of course, you can also search for an on-street parking pl...+ [ Read all ]



The Van Gogh Museum is entirely accessible for wheelchair users. The entrance with lift is at the main entrance on the Paulus Potterstraat. The museum also has several wheelchairs available. Visitors with another handicap and/or other special requirements can contact the Department of Education & Visitor Services. Please take into account that the Van Gogh Museum is a much-frequented museum; there may be long queues at the admissions office, especially around Easter and during the summer months.

Please visite our online shop (partly in dutch)

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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Concerning online ticket sale

For what period can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets for any period between now and 31 December 2007. You can visit the museum on the day and time of your choice within the selected period. The barcode is scanned at the museum entrance, which cancels the ticket.

Can I buy an unlimited number of tickets?
You can buy a maximum of 10 tickets.

Can I exchange or return tickets that I have bought online?
Unfortunately, tickets cannot be exchanged or returned.

If my tickets have expired can I use them on another day?
Unfortunately tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged for tickets for a later date.

Are special arrangements available for groups?
No arrangements are available for groups. For schools there are special arrangements.

Do I pay an extra charge or booking fee for tickets I buy online?
Online tickets cost the same as those bought at the ticket desk.

What happens to my personal details?
The personal details you submit, such as your name and e-mail address, are only used by the Van Gogh Museum to provide you with information about our activities. They are not made available to third parties.

Are my creditcard details stored in your database?
Your creditcard details are not stored in our database.

Why do I need confirmation by e-mail as well as the tickets on screen?
This service enables you to print your tickets at a later stage or at a different location.

Where can I submit further questions or register a complaint?
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Youth and Family

Theodorus van Gogh, a preacher in the Dutch Reformed Church, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus, daughter of a bookseller, marry in 1851. Their son Vincent Willem van Gogh, the second of six children, is born on March 30, 1853, in Zundert, a village in Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands. Four years later, in 1857, Vincent's favorite brother, Theodorus (Theo), is born. Vincent begins his education at the village school in 1861, and subsequently attends two boarding schools. He excels in languages, studying French, English, and German. In March 1868, in the middle of the academic year, he abruptly leaves school and returns to Zundert. He does not resume his formal education.

Young Art Dealer

In July 1869, Vincent starts an apprenticeship at Goupil & Cie, international art dealers with headquarters in Paris. He works in the Hague at a branch gallery established by his uncle Vincent. From the Hague, in August 1872, Vincent begins writing regular letters to Theo. Their correspondence continues for almost 18 years. Theo accepts a position at Goupil's in January 1873, working in Brussels before transferring to the Hague in November of that year.

Life in England

Vincent moves to the London Goupil branch in June 1873. Daily contact with works of art kindles his appreciation of paintings and drawings. In the city's museums and galleries, he admires the realistic paintings of peasant life by Jean-François Millet and Jules Breton. Gradually Vincent loses interest in his work and turns to the Bible. He is transferred in 1874 to Goupil's Paris branch, where he remains for three months before returning to London. Vincent's performance at...+ [ Read all ]


Primary & Secondary education

Visiting the Van Gogh Museum with your school

A visit to the Van Gogh Museum is a unique experience. Nowhere else in the world can you see so many paintings by Vincent van Gogh under one roof. In the museum you follow the development of the artist's work or compare his paintings with that of other 19th-century artists in the collection. The museum also presents an extensive range of exhibitions on various subjects connected with 19th-century art history.

See you soon in the Van Gogh Museum!


What can children do at the museum?

The Van Gogh Museum is not just of interest to adults; there are also all kinds of activities for children! These pages give information about what we offer children, for in the museum and at home.


Make your own Van Gogh! Workshops for children at the Van Gogh Museum. Under the guidance of a museum educator, children create their own works of art.
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Children’s audio tour

Children’s audio tour is an exciting tour of the museum. You will look, listen and learn all about the life and work
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Treasure hunt

Try it with your brother or sister, your friends, your parents your grandparents or on your own: the Vincent van Gogh treasure hunt!
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Colouring pages

You can also have fun with Vincent van Gogh’s work at home. These colouring pages are based on paintings by Van Gogh.
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Since the mid-1980s the Van Gogh Museum is active as a centre for scholarly research. The museum wants to contribute to the study of nineteenth-century art by stimulating and presenting in-depth research in general and research about the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh in particular.

Ongoing research

The Van Gogh Museum supports a variety of research projects. Read on for more information


Would you like to learn more about Van Gogh and the visual arts in the 19th century? Visit the library at the Van Gogh Museum.
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Van Gogh Studies (formerly Van Gogh Museum Journal)
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The Van Gogh Museum is a relatively young museum. Since it opened in 1973, it has developed into one of the world's most distinguished and popular museums. It has built a reputation based on its unique collection, its high quality exhibitions, thorough research, attractive publications, and two internationally renowned museum buildings, located in one of Europe's cultural hot-spots. The Van Gogh Museum collects and preserves Western paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic of between 1840 and 1920. The core collection comprises much of Vincent van Gogh's oeuvre: the museum houses the largest collection of his work in the world. In addition, the museum offers a broad spectrum of 19th-century art.

This permanent collection of Van Gogh's work attracts some 1.3 million visitors a year, making it Holland's most visited museum. Its worldwide appeal is reflected in its visitors, 90 percent of whom are from abroad, from across the globe. The remaining 10 percent from Holland - around a quarter of a million - also makes the Van Gogh Museum one of the main attractions for domestic art enthusiasts. On average, the visitors are younger than those of other museums, and well-educated. An active educational programme is attracting increasing numbers of schoolchildren and groups.

The Van Gogh Museum maintains the momentum of its collection by acquiring new objects of the highest quality. The presentation of the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programmes is constantly being adapted to meet the needs of the growing audience, and is always innovative and inspiring. These activities are supported by investment into research on Van Gogh an...+ [ Read all ]

Venue hire

Children's Birthday celebrations

You can also celebrate your birthday at the Van Gogh Museum! You will see something special, learn something, create something and take your own ‘Van Gogh’ home with you.
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