What's inside the museum?
The infamous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh needs no introduction. His distinct post-impressionist style has made him one of the most famous artists of all time. The museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of his works in the world with some 200 paintings by the master.
The exhibition spans two buildings and four floors with large open spaces allowing you to take in the art without being pushed around in a crowd. Originally constructed in the sixties, some 70 years after Van Gogh died, the museum includes a large part of his unsold paintings as well as latter additions.
Like many famous art galleries around the world, there have been infamous burglaries over the decades. A plot in 1991 failed as all the stolen paintings were recovered some 30 minutes after the break-in, but a 2002 theft of Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen and View of the Sea at Scheveningen remains a mystery to this day as despite two men being convicted, the paintings have never been found.
As a result, the museum operates a very strict security policy. All bags, coats and any other potentially suspicious objects are prohibited inside as are all forms of photography and video except with the special authorisation of the curator.
Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
1071 CX Amsterdam
trams 2, 3, 5, 12 to
Van Baerlestraat stop