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Van Gogh Museum

Exhibitions about Van Gogh and his time, read the stories

The van Gogh museum in Amsterdam is definitely worth a visit. Not only are beautiful works produced by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh to admire; there are also many activities organized for all ages. A visit to the van Gogh museum is both an instructive and enjoyable and adventurous experience for young and old.

Van Gogh museum collection

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. In addition to the more than 200 paintings and 500 drawings, the collection also contains hundreds of letters written by Vincent (most of which are addressed to his brother Theo). The majority of the collection in the van Gogh museum was transferred to the van Gogh foundation by Van Gogh's family in 1962. The collection was to be admired in the municipal museum until it was moved in 1973 to its own building: the Van Gogh Museum.

The Van Gogh museum is also working to find painters who worked with van Gogh or were inspired by him as Gauguin, Monet and Picasso. Some famous works that belong to the van Gogh museum collection are: The Potato Eaters (1885) Sunflowers (1889) and The Yellow House (1888).

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 in Zundert, a village in Brabant. With his family, he made many walks, so he developed a love for nature at an early age. This love of nature will inspire him later on to produce many of his works. Vincent stopped at a young age for unknown reasons with his training and worked from his 16e include as a clerk in an art dealer, teacher and bookseller.

Vincent van Gogh decided to become an artist around his 27e. Initially he drew and painted mostly dark works. When he left for Paris in 1986, thanks to the inspiration of painters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Emile Bernard, he used lighter shades and brighter colors. He also developed his own style. Things improved with Vincent's career, but his mental state left much to be desired. He was admitted to a clinic after the notorious ear-incident. He committed suicide in 1890.

125 years inspired van Gogh

In the year 2015 we commemorate the 125e death day of Vincent van Gogh. Therefore, exhibitions and cultural events are organized not only in the van Gogh museum, but in various cities in Europe, in honor of the Dutch painter. This is done from the foundation of Gogh Europe on the theme: 125 year of inspiration.

Activities at the Van Gogh museum

The Van Gogh museum organized numerous activities. As the tour 'story hall "is for example on Thursday. During this tour of the Van Gogh museum, various works by van Gogh connected by a specific theme. The tour takes about an hour and is given in both Dutch and English.

On Friday nights the Van Gogh Museum is open until 22.00 hours and is offered a surprising program with music, guided tours and more. The Van Gogh museum workshop are given regular workshops. These are often free to attend for visitors to the Van Gogh museum.

Also for families is organized everything. On weekends, there are children's workshops for children from 6 to 12 years with assignments inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh. In addition, special family tours are given, and there is a multimedia tour for adults 10 available in different languages. The 'Suitcase Vincent' are many commands to explore the Van Gogh museum in a playful way with the whole family. There is also a free children's treasure hunt and can be organized there.

Groups in the van Gogh museum

It is also possible in groups to visit the Van Gogh museum. There are all kinds of teaching materials available for different types of education, from primary school to community school and BSO. There are teaching materials available in preparation for a visit to the Van Gogh museum or for use in the classroom. Several times a year, a newsletter about the offer for primary and secondary education. Those who want to receive this newsletter can subscribe here to the Van Gogh museum via the website.

Anyone who visits can apply for a group tour with a group the van Gogh museum. This takes about 50 minutes and is designed for groups of up to 15 people. Travel Trade Partners can use a voucher contract that the visit to the Van Gogh museum for tourists is easier to fit into the schedule.

Groups of seniors living in nursing homes or using home care can, thanks to the support of the Bankgiro Lottery, travel to the van Gogh Museum in the 'Museum Plus Bus' free of charge. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the many cultural institutions supported by the Bankgiro Lottery. Participants can also play along to specifically help their favorite museum.

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