If you are coming to Amsterdam than you are probably coming to see a few exhibits, the Van Gogh museum being one of them. You will not be disappointed (Just make sure to get your tickets online, ahead of time, and then come to get in line about 30 min your timed entry - don't be worried, the line was around the building we got there, but it only took 15 minutes to get into the museum once or alloted time came). Its a great way to easily 3-4 hours.
Also, once you pass through the entrance line, there is was a very long line to check your packpacks which are not allowed in the musuem. So best to leave backpacks at the hotel or just plan on waiting another 5-10 minutes. Fortunately, pickup was so much faster.
The museum experience is greatly enhanced by the audio tour (5 Euro, many languages, there is also a kids audio tour and a kids colouring book I saw that looked to greatly engage younger children as well) which also includes a good number of enhancements and extras that everyone else won't see: additional exhibits - video demonstrations of techniques, etc. It will be the best 5 euro you spend in Amsterdam. These extras were extremely informative and educational so I can't recommend it enough.
The museum is extremely well done, following the development of Van Gogh's technique through drawings and paintings as well as explaining (and showing/demonstrating) some of his tools. There are extras on the audio tour like his letters to his brother that were very interesting as well. Maybe 40% of the exhibits have a side card with some additional information about the individual painting, however the rest do not. Some of that is filled in by the audio tour. There was a lot of focus on Van Gogh's developing technique that was so interesting - and information I never knew before. There are about half as many of his paintings at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, but since Van Gogh did copies of his own paintings, you really do see a great selection of his artwork.
But what was largely glossed over was Van Gogh mental illness and how it impacted his art and his life. I'm not sure there was more than 1-2 minutes on the audio tour, and virtually none of the exhibits (that we saw) that dealt with his illness. His paintings at the asylums, yes, but not his treatment or his outlook while he was there. That is the only real disappointment from the museum.
The cafe also serves good hot food of good quality so it is worth a stop.
Easy to get there on the 2 or 5 tram from Centraal station (get off at the SECOND stop, not the Rijksmuseum/VanGogh stop if you want to be much closer to the museum). We took the 24 tram back which went on a slightly different track back to Centraal so we got to see more of the shopping district.
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