A visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without experiencing the Van Gogh Museum. The impressionist artist, Vincent Van Gogh, is a national Dutch treasure who was born in the Groot-Zundert region of Holland in 1853 and is famous throughout the world for his paintings and related works.
The museum contains the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of not only Van Gogh oil and watercolor paintings, but also examples of his drawings, letters and letter sketches.
Other artists' work from the 19th century are also on show which enables the visitor to compare the different styles and techniques of Van Gogh's contemporaries.
The Van Gogh collection is divided into five main categories which trace his development as an artist from his earliest paintings to his last masterpiece, 'The Fields' painted in 1890.
Audio tours are available in a variety of languages for an additional cost. There are even audio tours especially designed for children aged between six and 12. These audio tours are thoroughly recommended to get the most out of your visit.
The museum has a well designed auditorium used to present lectures and films on diverse topics. Museum ticket holders do not have to pay any extra to attend these presentations.
The modern four floor museum was opened in 1973 and is located in the Museum District of Amsterdam in the Oud Zuid district. It is accessible in a variety of ways including train, bus, tram and car. Metered street parking is limited but there are several parking garages within a short distance of the museum and one within the museum precinct.
Crowds and ticket queues vary depending on the time of year but tickets can be purchased online and you can then fast track through the admission gates.
It is open every day with few exceptions but times do vary depending on which temporary exhibitions are on display.
There is a museum café which offers a relaxing atmosphere in which to eat a light meal. It also has the added bonus of free wireless internet for use with your laptop or PDA. For a more substantial meal, there are several restaurants located within a short distance of the museum.
There is also a well stocked museum shop which sells quality prints. Allow at least 2 hours to view the collection and even longer if a more detailed examination of his work is desired.
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