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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
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ADDRESS
Paulus Potterstraat 7
Old South
1070 AJ Amsterdam
CONTACT DETAILS
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+31 (0)20 570 5200
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Self-portrait with felt hat, Vincent van Gogh

 

Photo by Van Gogh Museum

In a city noted for its museums, the Van Gogh stands apart. It houses the world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh - some 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 of the Dutch artist's letters. It's home to Van Gogh's collection of Japanese prints and a varied collection of 19th century art - works by Van Gogh's friends and contemporaries as well as artists who inspired him. The artwork, displayed in chronological order, pays homage to the life and times of the artist. Yet it's not the size of the collection nor its flowing arrangement that makes the Van Gogh Museum a top attraction for families but rather the artist's style and the museum's kid-friendly programs and guides. Van Gogh's use of bright colors, bold composition and distorted shapes are easy for children to comprehend. The museum's family resources - treasure hunt, kid's audio tour, children's art workshops, and coloring pages - are fun ways to engage children aged 6 - 12.
Getting There
 
The Van Gogh Museum is located at Paulus Potterstraat 7 and sits between the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. The museum is a 30-minute walk from Central Station and is easily reached by public transport. Trams 2, 3, 5, 12, 16 and 24 as well as city buses 145, 170 and 172 stop near the museum as do the ever-popular canal buses. There is a pay parking lot underneath Museumplein. On-street parking is metered Monday - Saturday.
Hours & Times
 
The museum is open daily 10:00 - 18:00. Fridays open until 22:00. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Closed January 1. Special events include children's workshops, Friday night program and Sunday lecture series. Of note, some programs are in Dutch only. Visit the museum's website for the calendar of events.
Admission & Fees
 
Admission charged. A ticket is required for all visitors. Children aged 17 and under are free of charge. (A valid ID may be requested.) A separate fee is charged for audio tours. Tickets can be purchased online and in person. The Van Gogh Museum is included in the I Amsterdam card and Holland Pass program.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The Van Gogh museum is always packed but crowds tend to be thinner before 11:00 and after 16:00. Electronic ticket holders don't have to queue at the ticket booth. The museum is only partially accessible for the physically challenged. Onsite café and bookstore. A quick note on the kid-friendly programs and guides. The treasure hunt is available at the information desk. The treasure hunt and children's audio tour are available in English and Dutch whereas the children's art workshops are in Dutch only. All of the above are geared to kids aged 6-12.
 
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