Possibly one of the most influential artists from The Netherlands, Vincent Van Gogh’s work transpires time, generations and geography. The Van Gogh Museum houses the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh; an incredible permanent collection, that shows in detail the development and progress of this esteemed artist as well providing the visitor with an insight into who Vincent Van Gogh really was.
An inspiring and tortured artist, an incredible collection
Van Gogh, was a prolific artist and the Van Gogh Museum contains some of his most recognisable and revered pieces, including Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters, Almond Blossom as well as numerous self portraits. The collection is incredibly well curated, telling the life of Van Gogh and providing an understanding of what inspired him and who he was, without becoming text book like. You get a real feeling for the master from the excellent displays, background information and audio guide (should you choose to do one). It is shocking to think that this legend of the arts died at the young age of 37 at his own tortured hands and leaves you to wonder who he would have become and what he would have produced if he had lived longer.
The Van Gogh Museum also regularly features spectacular temporary exhibitions that sometimes illustrate the relationship between Van Gogh and other artists (for example Gauguin) or parallels between Van Gogh and other peers (for example Edvard Munch). The Van Gogh Museum not only highlights the works of one of the greatest artists of our time, but also strives to educate visitors, leaving them with an even deeper appreciation and understanding of Van Gogh’s work.
Recently renovated, with an expanded main entrance and better visitor circulation, the Van Gogh attracts art lovers from across the world in their thousands. Thankfully, you can book your tickets ahead of time (or take advantage of a Museumkaart) which will speed your entry and help ensure you can make the most of your visit.
A museum that takes significant sustainability measures
The museum has taken significant measures in the area of sustainability. They have a clear environmental policy in place which covers aspects such as reducing energy use, emissions and waste. The Van Gogh Museum also hold a “BREAAM-NL In-Use” sustainability certificate (NL) and received a “Very Good” rating for building, administration and use.
We commend the Van Gogh Museum for making sustainability an important part of their operating and business model and consequently give them a strong Conscious Travel Rating for the Environment.
Van Gogh Museum
Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
Website: Van Gogh Museum