A trip to the Netherlands is almost incomplete without a trip to the famous Van Gogh Museum. Housing the world’s largest Van Gogh collection, the museum introduces you to the man behind the painter before walking you through his life and acquainting you with his work.
Many of the paintings you will find inside were inherited from Van Gogh’s brother, Theo. However, you will also find drawings, letters, and works of Van Gogh’s contemporaries.
Take a moment to also appreciate the building. The main building was designed specifically to house the collection by Gerrit Rietveld, an important member of De Stijl. The building opened in 1973. The Kisho Kurosawa’s exhibition wing opened in 1999, and the new glass entrance hall began welcoming guests in 2015.
As one of the most popular museums in the Netherlands be prepared for queues to get in. Pre-booking tickets online or arriving after 3 pm can help to avoid the crowds. Alternatively, visit on a Friday evening when the museum is open late and often hosting free cultural events. The Van Gogh Museum also has excellent options for children, including workshops, treasure hunts, and a family guide.