Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum holds the world's largest collection of art by the painter Vincent van Gogh. The collection boasts over 200 of van Gogh's iconic paintings, including portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. In addition, hundreds of van Gogh's letters and drawings are featured, providing insight into the world of this Dutch artist.
Van Gogh, born in 1853, is one of the most significant artists in European history. Many people only know him for purportedly cutting off his ear, but there is so much more to his story. The Van Gogh Museum delves deep into van Gogh's life, from his personal ambitions to his emotions to the myths that continue to surround him. Visitors come away from the museum with a better understanding of this immensely complex man.
The showstopping paintings in the museum's permanent collection include the "Sunflowers" series, "Almond Blossom," "The Potato Eaters," and many of van Gogh's self-portraits. Also on display are works by 19th century artists who influenced van Gogh, including Monet and Gauguin. The museum also organizes three temporary exhibitions every year. A regular museum ticket allows you to see all this.
If you want even more than a regular ticket offers, you can book a ticket with an interactive audio guide (also called a multimedia guide). This guide gives you new insight into how van Gogh worked and what motivated him. The guide aids in looking at van Gogh's works from a completely different angle, revealing a van Gogh you never knew.