Visit Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam | Timings, Directions, Highlights, & More

Calling all Van Gogh fans! Set up in 1973, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam isn't messing around – they have the world's biggest collection of Van Gogh's artworks, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 750 letters. So, if you're looking to truly understand Van Gogh, the man and the artist, this museum is a must-visit! Here's all you need to know about planning your visit to the museum including opening hours, best time to visit, how to get there, facilities, and more.

Van Gogh Museum | Visitor information at a glance

Van Gogh Museum at a Glance

What are the Van Gogh Museum’s opening hours?

What are the Van Gogh Museum Opening Hours?

Best time to visit the Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum attracts visitors throughout the year, especially from April to May and July to August. If you want to avoid crowds, we recommend visiting the museum during the off-season, between November to February. During this time, the museum is relatively less busy, and you can explore the galleries without feeling rushed. 

If you are visiting during the peak season, anytime between March to October, try reaching early in the day right after the morning traffic rush. Weekdays are generally less crowded than weekends. The best way to avoid standing in long queues is to book Van Gogh Museum tickets online in advance. 

Where is the Van Gogh Museum located?

Address: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Nearest Landmarks: Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, House of Bols, MOCO Museum, and Diamant Museum

Getting to Van Gogh Museum

Getting to Van Gogh Museum

By public transport

  • By bus: 305, 314, 347, 397, 41, 65, or 852
    Nearest stops: Museumplein, Leidseplein, Concertgebouw, Ferdinand Bolstraat, or Vijzelgracht
  • By tram: 3, 5, or 12
    Nearest station: Museumplein
  • By light rail: 12, 2, or 5
    Nearest stations: Van Baerlestraat or Spiegelgracht
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By car

Van Gogh Museum is 14.8 km (18 mins) from the Amsterdam Schipol Airport. If you are driving to the museum, these are the nearest parking spots:

  • Q- Park (entrance Van Baerlestraat)
  • Johannes Vermeerstraat 2 Parking
  • Onepark - Parking Amsterdam - Museumkwartier
  • Museumplein Bus Q-Park
  • Parkhaus

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Small Group Tour of Van Gogh Museum at Closing Time
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Guided Tour of Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum with Canal Boat Cruise
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Know before you go to the Van Gogh Museum

Visitor tips
Facilities Available at the Van Gogh Museum
  • Wheelchair accessibility: If you have a disability and require assistance, you can bring a companion for free. Wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters (up to 500kg) are welcome! There are also accessible restrooms on the ground floor.
  • Library: The museum has a library, but you'll need to make an appointment to visit. They're open weekdays from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm.
  • Cloakrooms: Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas aren't allowed inside the museum. There are lockers available at the Q-Park garage nearby in Museumplein, so you can stash your stuff before you explore. 
  • Children’s room: The museum has a special room just for kids, with interactive activities, storytelling, and other cool stuff to keep them entertained.
  • Photography: There are special "selfie walls" near the entrance where you can take pictures to commemorate your visit.
  • Cafe: Hungry or thirsty? No worries! The museum has cafes in the entrance hall that are open during museum hours.
  • Shop: The Van Gogh Museum shop is the perfect place to grab a memento of your visit. They have a wide variety of cool stuff, so you're sure to find something you (or your gift recipient) will love.
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What to Eat Near the Van Gogh Museum
  • Le Tambourin: European cuisine, coffee, and vegetarian-friendly dishes
  • The Burger Room: American cuisines like burgers, fries, and steaks
  • Kantjil: Indonesian cuisine, with dishes such as sate and rendang
  • Barpiazza: Italian dishes along with some of the best, flavorful pizzas
  • Taiko Asian Restaurant: Contemporary Asian cuisine with dishes made from local, seasonal produce
Attractions Near the Van Gogh Museum
  • Rijksmuseum: This place is a treasure chest overflowing with Dutch art and history! Get ready to see masterpieces by masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer, and explore Dutch culture through the ages.
  • Stedelijk Museum: Feeling modern? The Stedelijk Museum is your jam. This place is all about contemporary and modern art, showcasing innovative works and letting you delve into the ever-changing world of art and design.
  • MOCO Museum: The MOCO Museum is all about modern and contemporary art that will make you think. Get ready for thought-provoking exhibits, including works by the famous street artist Banksy, and many other influential artists.
  • House of Bols: Not an art lover? No problem! If you're a cocktail enthusiast, then the House of Bols is the place. This is an interactive journey through the world of spirits, where you can taste delicious cocktails and even learn the art of mixology yourself – all in a fun and vibrant setting!
Tips to Note When Visiting the Van Gogh Museum
  • Don't rush your experience: The Van Gogh Museum is overflowing with amazing art, not just Van Gogh's permanent collection but also special temporary exhibitions. To soak it all in and truly appreciate the genius, plan to spend at least 2-3 hours here.
  • Do not touch the paintings: These paintings are irreplaceable treasures. Please do not touch any of the artworks and follow the museum's guidelines to make sure everyone can enjoy these works of art for years to come.
  • Explore the gift shop: Before you leave, don't forget to check out the museum gift shop. They have a ton of cool Van Gogh-themed merchandise like souvenirs, books, and prints. The perfect way to remember your visit (or find the perfect gift for the art lover in your life)!

Frequently Asked Questions about planning your visit to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Can I enter the Van Gogh Museum anytime during operating hours?

Yes, you can enter the Van Gogh Museum any time between its operating hours. 

How much time does it take to visit the Van Gogh Museum?

You need at least 2 to 3 hours to explore all the exhibits in the Van Gogh Museum. 

Can I enter the Van Gogh Museum once I exit?

You can ask the people at the information desk for a re-entry ticket if you want to enter the museum after you have left. However, you have to re-enter within an hour. 

Are group visits allowed at the Van Gogh Museum?

Yes, you can visit the Van Gogh Museum in a large group. They allow up to 15 people per tour guide. 

Is there a dress code to be followed at the Van Gogh Museum?

While there is no dress code to be followed at the Van Gogh Museum, we recommend you wear your most comfortable, closed shoes to enjoy touring all the permanent and temporary exhibitions without tiring out your feet.

Are prams allowed in the Van Gogh Museum?

Prams, buggies, as well as walking frames, wheelchairs, and other mobility aids, are allowed in the Van Gogh Museum.

Does the Van Gogh Museum conduct activities for children?

Yes, the Van Gogh Museum offers several engaging and interactive workshops and play activities for children. Children can learn about the artist, color his works, and start puzzling with his masterpieces. 

Is photography permitted inside the Van Gogh Museum?

No, you are not allowed to click pictures of the paintings or use commercial equipment like tripods, or do flash photography around the museum premises. However, you can take advantage of the area near the entrance and the ‘selfie walls’ to click some pictures and document your visit. 

Are wheelchairs available at the Van Gogh Museum?

Yes, you can avail yourself of wheelchairs and strollers in the cloakroom. You can also reserve a wheelchair in advance by emailing your request to