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A Look Through Rijksmuseum's Van Gogh Collection- Major Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age

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Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Collection

The Rijksmuseum Van Gogh collection is one of the most impressive displays of the Dutch master's works in the world. It includes paintings such as the artist’s Self-Portrait, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Farming Village at Twilight, Farm in Provence, and others. Rijksmuseum is a must-visit destination for art lovers and Van Gogh enthusiasts.

Why Explore the Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Collection?

Why Explore the Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Collection?
  • Witness Van Gogh's artistic evolution: The Rijksmuseum Van Gogh collection offers an opportunity to witness the artistic evolution of one of the most iconic painters of all time. The museum not only showcases his works but also offers an insight into his life.
  • Understand Van Gogh's unique style: You can stroll through the Rijksmuseum Van Gogh collection to look through his bold brushstrokes and vivid colors. The museum has an extensive collection of his paintings, providing visitors with a chance to see the painter's unique style up close and understand the inspiration behind each of his works.
  • Experience art at its best: Along with the Van Gogh collection, you can admire the artworks made by other renowned artists such as Vermeer and Rembrandt. With over one million objects on display, the Rijksmuseum houses over 800 years of Dutch art and history.

Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Collection Artworks

Self-Portrait by Van Gogh at the Rijksmuseum


This painting, made in 1887, a year after he moved to Paris, is one of the most famous artworks of the painter. Using rhythmic brush strokes in vivid colors, Van Gogh has painted himself as a fashionably-dressed Parisian in this artwork. 

Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Van Gogh at the Rijksmuseum

Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Unlike his usual artworks, Vincent Van Gogh used paper and etching techniques to make this artwork. As the name suggests, this artwork is a portrait of Dr. Paul Ferdinand Gachet and it is displayed in the Van Gogh collection at the Rijksmuseum.

Farming Village at Twilight by Van Gogh at the Rijksmuseum

Farming Village at Twilight

The Farming Village at Twilight is an oil on canvas that depicts a farming village in the evening, just after the sun has set. Van Gogh created this artwork before moving to Paris in 1886.

Farm in Provence by Van Gogh at the Rijksmuseum

Farm in Provence

Van Gogh drew this painting using brown pencil and pen on paper in 1888. After shifting to Paris in 1886, most of the artworks created by Van Gogh depicted the French countryside and his time in Paris.

Rijksmuseum Rules and Regulations

  • No flash photography: The use of flash photography is prohibited throughout the museum.
  • Stay within designated areas: Visitors should stay within designated areas and avoid touching or leaning on display cases, walls, or sculptures. This will help preserve the artwork and maintain a safe environment for everyone.
  • Follow museum etiquette: Visitors should follow museum etiquette at all times. One must not speak too loudly, run or play around, or bring outside food inside the museum premises. To ensure a hassle-free and comfortable visit to the Rijksmuseum, please follow the instructions of the employees at the museum at all times.
  • Keep your belongings in lockers: You will have to leave your coats, umbrellas, and bags at the checkroom or in the lockers, both of which are available free of charge. Only transparent plastic bags are permitted inside the Rijksmuseum. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Collection

Does the Rijksmuseum have a Van Gogh collection?

Yes, the Rijksmuseum has one of the most extensive Van Gogh art collections. The museum houses six of the Dutch art master's paintings.  It is a must-visit for anyone interested in Dutch art and history. 

How many Van Gogh paintings does the Rijksmuseum have?

There are around 6 Van Gogh paintings on display at the Rijksmuseum. You can get deeper insights into the Dutch golden era and the painter’s life from the collection. 

Is it worth visiting the Van Gogh collection in the Rijksmuseum?

Yes, the Rijksmuseum is a must-visit for history buffs. Vincent Van Gogh was one of the most famous artists from the Impressionist era and his paintings such as his Self-Portrait offer insights into the Golden Age of Dutch art.

What are the opening hours of the Rijksmuseum?

The Rijksmuseum is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

What is the best time to visit the Rijksmuseum?

The best time to visit the Rijksmuseum is early in the day when it just opens or in the afternoons around 3 PM. It is best to visit on a weekday. The crowds are comparatively lesser than on weekends and holidays. 

Is there a dress code to enter the Rijksmuseum?

There is no dress code to enter the Rijksmuseum. Wear your most comfortable shoes to explore all the galleries comfortably. 

How can I get to the Rijksmuseum?

You can reach the Rijksmuseum via bus, tram, or train. Bus 314, 347, and 397, and tram lines 1, 2, 5, 7, 12, and 19 can get you to Rijksmuseum. The nearest bus stop is Leidseplein or Overoom. And, the nearest tram stop is Spiegelgracht. You can also board an IC or SPR train to reach Museumplein and walk to the Rijksmuseum. 

What other paintings can I see at the Rijksmuseum?

You can see other famous paintings such as Rembrandt's The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid at the Rijksmuseum.