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“Must see, but leave your backpack at the hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
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Canal Cruise with Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Ranked #3 of 449 things to do in Amsterdam
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover the world's largest collection of works by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, featuring masterpieces such as Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters, Almond Blossom and The Bedroom.
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“Must see, but leave your backpack at the hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This museum is just perfect. There is a large amount of Van Gogh's works and the location of them is really well thought out. Generally I'm a big fan of this artist's works so naturally I spend many hours there. I also have to admit that souvenirs in this museum's shop are amazing! All related to Van Gogh's works.
I would really love to visit this place again in the future. ;)

Visited August 2013
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“Awesome place to go and visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Not only is the Van Gogh Museum in beautiful Amsterdam, but the Museum itself is stunning. I had the chance to visit the Van Gogh Museum and I was simply amazed. Amazing collection of Van Gogh paintings. Well worth seeing if you are in the area and enjoy art.

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting, nice place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Really liked this museum although unfortunately, some if the works were on loan to other museums so we couldn't see them.
Tip:by tickets online then you don't have to queue to buy tickets, the queue was massive when we went but we had online tickets so went straight in :)

Visited January 2013
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“Superb museum - dreadful management”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

My friend and I had booked tickets online for a 3pm visit of the museum. We arrived about 20 minutes early and thought that we would go and have a coffee first. But no, we found that you have to join a queue for e-bookings. You do not find this out until you have walked all the way round the museum to the entrance and are then told to walk back to where you came from and now join the ever growing line of people. Why not have signs and queuing tapes and a member of staff out there guiding you? Needless to say, there were a lot of unhappy people.

However, once in we collected our audio headsets and started our tour. Please also be aware that there are no arrows to show you where to start or go around, however after a bit of wandering we went round and thoroughly enjoyed viewing Van Gogh's wonderful works. The audio sets are really great and informative. Watch out for other visitors who literally go in to just take photos of the pictures (there are some you are not allowed to take) and will push to the front.

Visited August 2013
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