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Rijks Museum (Rijksmuseum) Ticket and Guide



Rijks Museum Amsterdam Netherlands

Shedding light on Dutch history and art, the Rijks Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. A large and significant part of the collection is devoted to Dutch art, especially painting.

Along with these works, works of European and Asian arts, sculptures, objects and sketches are also exhibited. In this museum, which you will add to your cultural visits program, you can see especially the paintings of Rembrandt and Jan Vermeer. We start our article with the history of the museum, if you wish, you can go directly to the Rijks Museum Ticket and Rijksmuseum Entrance Fees section below.

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History of the Rijks Museum

The dominance of the Dutch naval fleet in world trade brought about an increase in welfare. This environment of prosperity encouraged the arts. Opened in 1800 as the National Gallery of Art, the Rijksmuseum was later moved to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam by King Louis Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother). In 1885, Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers designed a new building combining Gothic and Renaissance styles. It was reopened in 2013 as a result of restoration work. The name of the museum means Royal Museum / State Museum .

Rijks Museum Sections

Consisting of a large main building and small annexes, the Rijksmuseum has three floors . Artifacts considered important for the Netherlands are exhibited on the first floor. In the museum, there are more than one million works of art and artifacts of historical value covering the period between 1400 and 1900. However, only 8,000 of these 1 million works are on display; 2,000 of these 8,000 works are paintings made during the Dutch golden age. In other words, the focus of the museum is the works and collections of Dutch artists.

Ground floor

Works reflecting 18th and 19th century art are on display. In the Asian Arts Section, which you can enter from the Philips wing, the works of the Netherlands obtained through trade in the middle ages are exhibited. Among the works; There are Indian sculptures, Korean wooden crafts, Vietnamese plates, Chinese scrolls and bronze figures.

The Honor Gallery , where the density is highest, is located on the ground floor. Works by 17th century artists are on display. The corridor is divided into loggias with iron-worked beams. Works and portraits of famous painters are exhibited up to the ceilings.

First floor

Artifacts reflecting the history of the Netherlands are exhibited on this floor. You can also see various war paintings, 17th century ship models, objects salvaged from shipwrecks. The works of Rembrandt and Jan Vermeer stand out as works of the 17th century . As the works of the 18th century, paintings by artists such as Jan van Huysum, Adriaan van der Werff, Adriaan de Lelie and Cornelis Troost stand out.

On the first floor, there is also the “European Painting Department” where the works of European artists are exhibited . In the section that covers a small area, European painters, especially Piero di Cosimo, are featured.

All works are exhibited in galleries. While visiting the galleries on this floor, you can also see the section containing the drawings and sketches of artists such as Rembrandt, Hercules Seghers, Dürer, Tiepolo, Toulouse-Leutrec.

Second floor

20th century artifacts are exhibited on this floor. You can see paintings, furniture, photographs, posters, films and historical objects that have left their mark on this century. Among the works are the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent’s “Mondrian Dress” inspired by De Stijl’s abstract paintings , Armchair for Til Brugman (Gerrit Thomas Rietveld-1919 ), Made in USA (Shinkichi Tajiri-1964 ), Man and Machine (Marinus) You can visit works such as Johannes Hack-1913 ).

You can find Dutch artifacts on each floor, including religiously themed medieval sculptures, Renaissance period objects, furniture, glasswork, ceramics, jewelery and porcelain.

Must-See Artifacts

The Dutch gave great value to their artists and opened private galleries within the Rijks Museum. Among them, you can visit works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Der Helst, Breitner and Verspronc. We have compiled 8 works and stories for you.

The Night Watch – “The Night Watch” by Rembrandt (1642)

Rembrant Nightwatch Rijksmuseum

Would you be surprised to know that the name of Rembrandt’s most famous painting is actually wrong ? The title of the work is known as The Night Watch, but Rembrandt gave it the title ” Captain Frans Bannng Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch’s Corps Prepare to March” . In fact, the work does not depict a night scene; it is actually depicted during the daytime. This name, which was not given by the artist, was first used at the end of the 18th century. By then, the painting had darkened considerably due to the accumulation of many layers of dirt and varnish, as well as improper restoration work, thus giving the impression that the event took place at night.

Rembrandt made this work of art on the order of Captain Banninck Cocq, the mayor of Amsterdam at the time, for a fee . In this work, Rembrandt portrayed the guards posing for him, not in an unusual portrait composition, but in a state of action.

With its dimensions of three and a half meters high and four and a half meters wide, and a weight of 330 kg, the work is very large. Its edges were cut off so that it could be taken out of the door during mobilization, so it is presumed that at least two figures were sacrificed. He was also attacked with a knife in 1975, and in 1990 he was sprayed with acid by a mentally unstable person.

The work underwent a comprehensive restoration in July 2019, and the restoration was completed as a result of 2 years of work.

The Milkmaid – The Milkmaid, by Johannes Vermeer (1660)

The Milkmaid Johannes Vermeer – Rijksmuseum

Vermeer’s famous work is a portrait of a maid pouring milk. It is one of the most popular paintings in the museum. The artist used saturated blue and yellow tones effectively in his work. In this work, you can question the photographic reality of the artist and watch the reflections of natural light.

Celebration of the Treaty of Münster

Van der Helst – Rijks Museum

Van der Helst described the signing of the Münster agreement in this work. This painting is one of the important works of Rijks Museum. When you examine the painting carefully, you can see that a symbolic meal is depicted, emphasizing the reconciliation policy of Amsterdam.

The Singel Bridge by George Hendrik Breitner (1896)

The Singel Bridge by George Hendrik Breitner

In this work, the artist depicted the natural life of the people on the Singel Bridge on a winter day. In the first work of the work, she received negative comments because she depicted the woman in the picture as a maid. For this reason, she re- described the same woman as a modern and stylish woman in her work . It is known that Breitner often took photographs to prepare his paintings, and he made several such works for this work. The way the woman walks straight towards us and the image is cropped stands out clearly photographically. Many famous painters have taken this work as an example in order to make technological paintings.

The Cuypers Library

The Cuypers Library

It is the largest and oldest art history library in the Netherlands. It is located on the second floor of the museum. Visitors, students and art historians can use the library to learn about the Rijks Museum collection. iPads are available in the library and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.

The Threatened Swan, Jan Aselijn

The Threatened Swan

The work depicts a swan defending its nest against a dog. After this work was made, it began to be interpreted politically. It is a painting considered a symbol of Dutch national resistance. It represents the Dutch Statesman Johan de Witt, who fought against the enemies of the state. It draws attention as the first work purchased by the National Art Gallery, which served before the Rijksmuseum opened.

Marten and Oopjen, Rembrandt

Marten and Oopjen Rembrandt

Considered the world’s most sought-after and least-exhibited Rembrandts, these two paintings depict an English nobleman and a woman. In 2016, the Netherlands and France jointly bought these paintings for 160 million Euros. Therefore, they are exhibited alternately in the Rijks Museum and the Louvre Museums. Restoration studies on these artifacts revealed an interesting fact. Namely; In both portraits, Rembrandt initially painted a round door or gate in the background. He then covered it with curtains, presumably to reinforce the coherence between the portraits. Research has revealed that both paintings were painted at the same time.

‘Winter Landscape’ by Hendrick Avercamp

endrick Avercamp – Winter Landscape – Rijks Museum

Hendrick Avercamp was a born deaf and mute painter, which resulted in an increased ability for visual representation in his art. The work shows people having fun on an icy lake and many details. The ducks swimming in the broken pond, the details of the abandoned house, even someone making a small toilet, playing ice hockey. Hundreds of details. Examination of this work is the subject of a separate article in itself. On this subject, I leave with you the tweet series of the esteemed Umberto Eto.

Rijksmuseum Transportation

Do not prefer your private car and public transportation vehicles as the building is in the Museum Square and due to heavy traffic. There are trams that depart every 15 minutes to the museum. You can take tram 2 or 5 from Amsterdam Central Station and get off at Hobbemastrat station. From here, you can take the tram number 6,7 or 10, get off at the Spiegelgracht station and go to the museum.

Rijks Museum Ticket & Entrance Fees

If you don’t buy a ticket & make a reservation in advance for the Rijks Museum, which is one of the most important museums in the world and the most visited museum in the Netherlands after the Van Gogh Museum, you can spend a significant part of your time waiting in the ticket queue. The most preferred ticket types are as follows, along with the entrance fees:

1-) Rijks Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket (Click): This type of online ticket is sold by the authorized dealer Rijksmuseum on Getyourguide. As of the date of our article, there are 7246 positive comments about the ticket. The Entry Ticket is valid for 1 day. Mobile tickets or printed tickets are accepted. After purchasing the ticket, you read and pass the barcode, which will be your barcode in the e-mail (also transmitted as SMS) to your phone. Therefore, when making a reservation, you need to enter your phone and e-mail information correctly.

If you cannot find a place on Getyourguide at the time and date you want, you can check the Tiqets-Rijksmuseum address as a second option. Since Rijks Museum tickets are physically shared between ticket / tour companies at the box office and on the internet, in some cases, the date not found in one can be found in the other ticket company. Both are the same in price.

Also, as we mentioned in Visit Tips, don’t forget to download the Rijksmuseum app before entering the museum.

2) Enter with the I Amsterdam City Card (Click): With this card, which is valid for 24 hours – 96 hours, you can enter 44 museums in Amsterdam free of charge. You also have rights such as free use of public transportation, free canal cruise, discounts at restaurants. This card is in the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. It is worth noting that this card is highly preferred among Turkish tourists. You can review it according to your situation. You can print the card, or you can use it as a mobile. As of the date of our article, there are more than 2,200 positive comments about it and the fee is 65 Euros per person .

Ideal Time to Visit & Tips

The museum is open all year round from 9 am to 5 pm ( including the first day of the year, holidays and even Christmas!) . It’s best to arrive early in the morning (for example, arrive 10 minutes before the Museum opens) or late in the afternoon (after 3:00 p.m.) in order to avoid heavy crowds and to explore the museum more comfortably . Considering the size of the museum, we recommend that you buy tickets online early in the morning and spend 1 full day here . The busiest days of the museum are Fridays , weekends and holidays.

  • When you arrive early, go straight to the second floor and go directly to see the Night Watch / The Night Watch . Then check out other Golden Age paintings in the Eregalerij (Gallery of Honor). This is the most important and busiest part of the museum. After that, start your museum visit over, even if it requires a full turnaround.
  • We recommend leaving your backpack at your hotel. Because it is forbidden to enter with a backpack, and there is a queue for at least 30 minutes at the cloakroom, except when the museum is less crowded.
  • The Van Gogh Museum is a 2-minute walk from here, the bookshops located between the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum sell plenty of documents, guides and other materials about these museums. You can get it before your visit.
  • The museum has its own application in the Play Store (I think it’s also available for iPhone), you can access it by clicking here . Simply type “Rijksmuseum” into the Store apps .
  • The museum is really big, we recommend you to wear comfortable shoes. The total walking distance in the gallery is 1.5 km. There is a large cafeteria in the entrance hall of the museum. Here you can drink coffee and relax.
  • Do not leave without taking a photo with the inscription “I Amsterdam” in front of the museum .

Thank you for reading our article. In this article, we share all the information about the Rijks Museum with you; We gave you information about Rijksmuseum entrance fees, Rijksmuseum ticket purchases. We look forward to your valuable comments and photos after your visit. With love.

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How did the tulip become a symbol for the Netherlands?



How did the tulip become a symbol for the Netherlands?

Every tulip season in the Netherlands, many tourists flock to the country to visit the Keukenhof Flower Gardens and be mesmerized by the thousands of flowers, bulbs and tulip gardens on display.

How did the tulip become a symbol for the Netherlands?

It would not be wrong to say that the tulip is almost the symbol of the Netherlands. Before we look at the history of the Netherlands’ relationship with tulips, let’s learn a little about tulips together:

The tulip is a cup-shaped and incredibly symmetrical flower of the lily family, spring blooming bulbous and often vibrantly colored. It is thought that the name ”tulip” (tulip) is derived from a Persian word meaning turban, considering its shape similar to turban. Although tulips are very popular in the Netherlands, the homeland of the tulip is not actually the Netherlands. The Tien Shan mountain range in Central Asia is known as the place where the tulip first appeared. It is known that tulip cultivation was first practiced by gardeners in the Ottoman Empire for many years, long before they came to the Netherlands.

It is not known who first brought the tulip to northwest Europe, but the most widely accepted story is that starring Oghier Ghislain de Busbecq, the ambassador between Emperor Ferdinand I and Suleiman the Magnificent. A Flemish botanist named Carolus Clusius is made director of Hortus Botanicus in Leiden and is hired by Leiden University to research medicinal plants. Ambassador Ogier Ghiselain is also a friend of Busbecq Carolus and sends him to grow some of the beautiful tulip flowers Sultan Suleiman saw in the palace gardens in his garden in Leiden. This marked the beginning of tulip cultivation in the Netherlands.

Tulips are still very popular in the Netherlands and there are even many festivals for tulips. Keukenhof is still the most popular tulip center in the Netherlands, as millions come to see the gardens in Lisse each spring. During the first half of April, more than 850,000 tulips are seen all over Amsterdam.

A few interesting facts about tulips

Striped tulips, very popular in the 17th century, got their color from a virus. Discovered in 1931, this virus was found to be transmitted by aphids. Today, multicolored tulips are artificially bred to look this way.

n 1943, Dutch Princess Margriet was born in Canada’s Ottawa Civic Hospital as the royal family fled the Netherlands during the war in Europe. In order for him to receive Dutch citizenship through his mother, Princess Juliana, the maternity ward where he was born had to be declared an international territory. The Dutch royal family sends 10,000 onions to Ottawa each year for the tulip festival as a token of gratitude.

Since 1986, the Netherlands has been sending flowers to St. Peter’s Basilica every Easter. This is Pope II. It is a tradition that began after John Paul’s visit to the country in 1985, and since then the Vatican has relinquished responsibility for the Easter flower exhibition to the Netherlands.

During the tulip craze in the 1600s, tulips were said to cost 10 times more than the average salary of a Dutch worker, making them more valuable than many homes.

The Netherlands is the world’s largest commercial tulip producer, with an annual export of approximately three billion tulips.

So, are tulip leaves edible?

The answer is yes. In 1944, World War II. During the Dutch famine of World War II, people often had to eat sugar beets and tulips.


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All about the Van Gogh Museum



All about the Van Gogh Museum

There is a museum in Amsterdam dedicated to Van Gogh, one of the world’s most famous painters and the symbol of the city. Although Van Gogh was able to sell only one work during his lifetime, he is remembered with great interest and respect today.

In this article, we will share all the details about the Van Gogh Museum and Van Gogh, and we will answer questions such as how to buy a Van Gogh Museum ticket and what are the types. Since our article is quite long, you can go directly to the Van Gogh Museum Ticket and entrance fee section below.

Vincent Van Gogh painted 900 paintings and 1100 drawings in just 10 years (between 1880 and 1890). Located in the Museum Square, this museum contains around 200 paintings and 500 sketches of Van Gogh. The letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo (about 800 in number) are also exhibited in the museum. The museum also includes works by painters inspired by Van Gogh. Since painting exhibitions are also included in the museum from time to time, you also have the opportunity to visit them. We begin our article with the life story of Van Gogh.

The Life of Van Gogh

Van Gogh was born in 1853 in a village in the Netherlands’ Brabant Region. Van Gogh, who did not have a valid profession until the age of 30, started painting with the help and support of his brother Theo after this age.

The famous painter, the pioneer of Contemporary Art, meeting Paul Gauguin, one of the famous painters of the period, was a turning point in his life. The two start painting together for a while. But because they use different techniques, they are constantly arguing. In 1888, as a result of the argument, Gauguin leaves the house. Fearing that Gauguin will leave him, Van Gogh cuts off the tip of his earlobe and sends it to Gauguin. Seeing this, Gauguin does not meet with the artist again. Of course, these events are not proven events. In fact, a German art historian recently claimed that Gaugin cut off Van Gogh’s ear, and recently it has been claimed that Van Gogh cut off his ear completely. All we know is that the ear was cut off.

The artist, left alone after his fight with Gaugin, is admitted to a mental hospital when he begins to hallucinate. The painting “Starry Night” in 1889 is an exaggeration of the sky he sees in the hospital window. The artist, who was discharged from the hospital after recovering, remained under the supervision of a doctor. He committed suicide in mid-1890 and died in his brother’s arms at the hospital. Being an intelligent person, Vincent suffered from extreme depression. His indecisive mind enabled Van Gogh to create his magnificent art, but it also led to his tragic suicide.

6 months after Van Gogh’s death; His brother Theo, who was already weak due to illness, also passed away. Providing financial/spiritual support to Van Gogh, who made Van Gogh’s works come to this day, and who could not earn any money; perhaps it is his brother Theo who, along with his wife, is the only one aware of his talent. After Theo’s death, he preserved the works of his wife, Jo Van Gogh, compiled his correspondence with Theo and strived for this until his death in 1925.

Van Gogh Museum Sections

In 1962, his family donated all his works to the Van Gogh Foundation . The paintings were exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum until a new building was built in 1973. When the Van Gogh Museum, designed by Gerrit Rietveld, was built in 1973, the works were moved here.

The museum consists of a main building and an annex. The main building has 3 floors, not counting the ground floor , and it also has a basement. The important works of the artist are on the first floor.

The museum is very well planned. It proceeds in chronological order. The main floor, the ground floor (0) , contains a timeline of Van Gogh’s life, the 1st floor shows Van Gogh’s early years as an artist, you can see his famous Potato Eaters work here, and also the famous self-portraits of the artist are located on this floor.

The 2nd floor has information about Van Gogh’s personal life and the 3rd floor is the best. On this floor, you can find the years of asylum that led to Van Gogh’s suicide at the age of 37 and the Van Gogh style you are used to. His last work before he died is also on this floor. Do not skip the 3rd floor.

Annex building: Here, the works of painters who lived in the artist’s time and artists who painted under the influence of the artist are exhibited. Monet‘s Prince Hendrikkade and the View of the Kromme Waal, Breton’s The Young Peasant Girl with an Anchor, Jan Sluijters’Two Women Embracing, Saint Remy’s Lilies, Blooming Almonds and Wheat Field and the Reaper, and Gaugin’s “The Reaper ”. You can examine his self-portrait titled “Les Miserables”. In addition, periodical painting exhibitions are held here.

Featured Works of Van Gogh

As we mentioned in the introductory part of our article; The artist has about 900 works, 200 of which are in the Van Gogh Museum. At the bottom of our article, there is a 1-hour video with a slide show of all the works in the Videos We Selected section. Here, we have included the review of selected works from the main works and at the end of the section, we have made resource suggestions for you. Lets start.

Potato Eaters (1885)

This canvas is considered Van Gogh‘s first masterpiece. Van Gogh had planned the painting of the Potato Eaters long in advance and sketched it many times. The work was inspired by the lives of peasants in the Netherlands. Van Gogh lived with them for a while and aimed to get the painting right.

potato eaters van gogh

Potato Eaters Painting Analysis – Van Gogh Museum Ticket, Amsterdam, Netherlands

In the work, five figures sitting around the table are eating potatoes. Three of them are women and two are men. The work is realistic and natural as it depicts the daily life of five villagers. Most of the figures in the picture are eating a baked potato from a potato tray. The woman at the far right of the picture pours coffee from a teapot into the cups on the table. She wears hats, scarves, thick and long clothes, that’s all.

The oil lamp is placed almost in the middle of the picture and illuminates the room. Figures in a dark room were painted with the light coming from the oil lamp. Although dark and gloomy colors dominate the painting, the facial expressions of the villagers are brightly colored and reveal their mixed inner feelings. Their expressions don’t look very serious and happy. It is clear that Van Gogh is trying to portray the ordinary, poor and difficult lives of the villagers in this work. The whole picture is actually one color. In other words, the colors used are mainly dull colors such as brown and black, which gives the painting a depressing and melancholic feeling. The earthy tones are reminiscent of the rough and sunburned faces of the villagers.

The ceiling is low and close to the peasants, and the room is small and poor, creating a feeling of pressure in this work. These factors also contribute to the melancholic atmosphere in the painting.

The work is on display at the Van Gogh Museum on the 1st floor.

Sunflowers – Sunflowers (1887)

Vincent Van Gogh made a total of 12 different Sunflower works (7 in Arles and 5 in Paris). Van Gogh first painted sunflowers in the summer of 1886. Two years later, his interest resurfaced after settling in Arles, just north of Marseille’s Provence region. At the invitation of Impressionist French artist Paul Gauguin to join his Southern Studio, he began painting sunflowers to brighten the whitewashed interiors of a yellow house he rented in Lamartine, not far from town.

Sunflower Painting – Van Gogh Museum

Sunflower Painting – Van Gogh Museum

Some of the sunflowers in the work are lively and cheerful, decorated with flame-like leaves. Others are those that are seeded and have begun to droop. These different colors add harmony to the painting and reflect different phases of life, youth-maturity period-old age together. Recently, a painting from Van Gogh’s Sun-Flowers series was auctioned for $39.5 million, breaking a record. However, Van Gogh had hoped to sell it for $125 and failed.

The work is on display at the Van Gogh Museum, but many works of the series are exhibited in different parts of the world.

The Starry Night (1889)

This work is not currently exhibited in the Van Gogh Museum, but we wanted to tell you because it is perhaps one of Van Gogh’s most magnificent works. The Starry Night is one of Gogh’s most important works, which he painted in oil with the village of Saint-Remy-Provence and the stars on it, from the window of his room while he was in the hospital. In Starry Night, the sky is filled with swirling clouds, shining stars and a bright moon. The rotating brushstrokes create a dot-to-dot effect, guiding the viewer around the painting with the spaces between the stars. The village is peaceful and calm compared to the sky. The bell tower of the church dominates the village and symbolizes unity in the city and gives a sense of isolation. According to one view, Van Gogh identified himself with the cypress/cypress tree in front of the work.The cypress is a tree found in many of Van Gogh’s paintings.

Van Gogh – The Starry Night

Van Gogh – The Starry Night – The Starry Night – Van Gogh Museum Entrance Fee & Ticket

In this work, the cypress tree is the most prominent element of the painting, but it is also the most obscure part, a dark presence in contrast to the brightly colored stars. We can think that this work was painted at a very bad time in Van Gogh’s life and that the cypress tree was matched with Gogh’s emotions. The brush strokes are largely unbroken, long and free; this creates a bridge between the sky, the cypress trees and the town. Bold, distinctive brushstrokes have been used to dramatize the movements of the stars, clouds, and moon. According to some views, there is hope in this work. The painting also portrays the painter’s passion that the strong sky creates over the quiet village during the night.

Van Gogh painted this work one year before his suicide-induced death. The cypress tree is often found in cemeteries, a different interpretation of this artifact is religious. The sky represents heaven and the afterlife; the dark earth describes this world. There are art historians who are of the opinion that Van Gogh refers to the Bible with the 11 stars he painted.

Where is Van Gogh – The Starry Night ?

The original The Starry Night is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York.

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Yellow House (1888)

The work depicts the building where Van Gogh stayed for a time in Arles, France. Gogh wanted to set up a studio at home and invite his fellow painters. The building was an ideal place for painting. It was located in a quiet street. Paul Gauguin remained here for 9 weeks. The fight, which started with Vincent Van Gogh’s argument with Gauguin, resulted in Van Gogh amputating his own left earlobe. All we know is that after this incident Vincent Van Gogh was hospitalized and Paul Gauguin left Arles. They never met again.

Van Gogh Yellow House

Van Gogh- Yellow House – Yellow House- Van Gogh Museum Online Ticket

There are two distinct dominant colors in the work. The pale yellow of houses and roads and the deep blue of the sky. This contrast, which contrasts with the dark color in the upper part, makes the viewers turn towards the house in the center of the picture. An everyday scene is depicted in bright sunlight, but we can see the thick, short strokes of paint that later became Van Gogh’s distinctive and popular style.

Van Gogh was one of the first Dutch painters to disregard the established standards and go his own way, which led him to this distinctive style. There will be those who wonder if the yellow building is standing now. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in the Second World War.

The work is currently on display at the Van Gogh Museum.

Wheatfield with Crows (1890)

Art Historians accept that this work is the “last work” of Van Gogh before he died, although it is not a definitive finding . It is even claimed that it was made 1-2 weeks before his death.

Wheat Field and Crows

Wheat Field and Crows – Van Gogh Museum Ticket Types

Partly for this reason, the artist’s suicide clues are sought in this work. Let’s examine that period together. At the beginning of July 1890, Vincent Van Gogh went alone to Paris to stay with his brother and wife, Jo. His brother Theo was in poor health and had serious financial problems, a cause of great concern for Van Gogh, who was conscious of the burden on his family and brother. Also, his nephew Vincent was sick and his wife Jo was also suffering from exhaustion. Van Gogh quickly returned to Auvers, after which he fell into depression. In a note he wrote during the making of this painting / shortly before his suicide, Van Gogh describes his mood: “I went back there, got to work. The brush almost fell out of my hand…” .

Below is a current photo of the fields depicted in this painting:

Wheat field in Auvers sur Oise painted by Van Gogh

Wheat field in Auvers-sur-Oise, painted by Van Gogh – Image Source / Source

Van Gogh used strong color combinations in this painting. The blue sky contrasts with the yellow-orange wheat, while the red of the road is intensified by the green bands of grass. The menacing sky, crows, and dead-end road are thought to refer to the end of his life, and Van Gogh’s wheat fields under stormy skies and “sadness and extreme loneliness” are thought to be describing the threatening end of his life. But, as we mentioned, perhaps these meanings are attributed as it is the artist’s last work before suicide. We don’t know.

The work is on display at the Van Gogh Museum on the 3rd floor, do n’t leave without seeing it.

Almond Blossom – Blooming Almond Tree (1890)

Almond Blossom Van Gogh

Almond Blossom in Bloom – Almond Blossom- Van Gogh Museum Tickets

Van Gogh made this piece on the occasion of the birth of his nephew Vincent. The buds in the work represent a new beginning, birth and happiness. Van Gogh asked his brother Theo to hang this work by his nephew’s bedside, and Theo hung the painting by little Vincent’s bedside. Like many of Van Gogh’s paintings, The Blooming Almond Tree was influenced by Japanese prints.

Bedroom in Arles – Bedroom in Arles (1888)

When Van Gogh first arrived in Arles, he found accommodation in a hotel, but immediately found it so expensive. It was cheaper and much more ideal for him to rent a house where he and Gaugin could eat, sleep and paint. He finally found the house called the Yellow House. This work belongs to Van Gogh’s bedroom in the Yellow House.

yellow house room van gogh

Bedroom in Arles – The Bedroom in Arles – Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Research has shown that the strong colors we see in this work today are the result of discoloration over the years. The walls and doors, for example, were originally purple rather than blue. The seemingly odd angle of the rear wall is not an error of Van Gogh. The corner is really crooked. Although it may seem that the rules of perspective are not applied correctly throughout the picture, this is a conscious choice. Vincent told his brother Theo in a letter for this work that he had deliberately “flattened the inside” and cast his shadow so that his painting would resemble a Japanese print.

There are 3 versions of this picture. One version is at the Van Gogh Museum, another at the Orsay Museum in Paris, and another at the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.

Self Portrait Paintings of Van Gogh

The artist has works in which he painted his own portrait in the Van Gogh Museum. Although located in The Courtauld Gallery, London, the most famous of these is the portrait with the ear bandage and the gray hat. In addition, another self-portrait by Van Gogh with his ear cut off and a pipe in his mouth belongs to the private collection of Philip Niarhos.

Van Gogh Self Portraits

Van Gogh Self-Portraits – The First Two Are In The Museum

Self-portraits are located on the 1st floor of the museum.


  • Before your visit to the Van Gogh Museum, we recommend that you read Art with Umberto Arte: Artists-Movements-Paintings-Mythology .
  • The Van Gogh Museum is on the Google Arts Culture page with all its works. You can find more of the artist’s works here.
  • In our recommended videos section below, there is a Youtube video where all of Van Gogh’s works are featured quickly, we recommend you to watch it.

Activities at the Van Gogh Museum

The museum administration organizes guided tours on Thursdays. The tour takes about an hour. Explanations are given in English and Dutch. You can also watch a video about the artist’s life and works in the Van Gogh Museum hall.

On Fridays, the museum remains open until 21:00. Special music program, guided tours and workshop activities are organized for today. Workshops, free treasure hunts and children’s parties are held on weekends. If you are visiting with your children, you can also evaluate these activities.

Van Gogh Sunflowers Exhibition

In July and August 2019, the artist’s Sunflowers exhibition will be held. You can visit the Van Gogh museum in the auditorium (lounge) on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 12 noon. The exhibition ends on 1 September. In addition, the temporary exhibition Van Gogh’s dreams will be in the museum at the same time.

The paintings “Seascape in Scheveningen” and “Reformed Church in Nuenen ” were stolen from the museum in 2002 . You can visit the paintings whose restoration and conservation processes have been completed as of September 15th.

Location and transport

The Van Gogh Museum, located in the center of Amsterdam and in the Museum Square, is easy to reach. If you take tram number 12 Museumplein, number 5 Amstelveen Binnenhof or Van Baerstraat or tram number 2 Nieuw Sloten or Van Baerlastraat, you get off directly in front of the museum. Since the trams depart every half an hour, you do not have any problems with transportation.

If you want to prefer public transportation vehicles , take the buses numbered 347 or 357 – 172 ; You can get off at the Museumplein stop.

Van Gogh Museum Ticket and Entrance Fees

As we mentioned in our visiting tips section below, the Van Gogh Museum is busy whenever you go. If you do not want to wait in the ticket queue of the most visited museum of Amsterdam and the Netherlands, we strongly recommend that you buy your ticket online in advance.

We recommend that you do not leave your visit planning to the last minute, as it is difficult to find online tickets even for the same day and the following days during the busy tourist season. We have compiled the most preferred Van Gogh Museum ticket types for you below, the tickets are divided within the museum itself and on the internet depending on the capacity. The Van Gogh Museum entrance fee is around 19 Euros as of March 2022, and an online reservation fee of +2 Euros can be obtained.

1-) Van Gogh Museum Ticket – Skip-the-Line Entry:  This is the most preferred type of ticket. However, the below mentioned I Amsterdam card is more popular. There are more than 6,500 and 12,900 positive reviews about the ticket on the two sites, respectively. We recommend Tiqets and Getyourguide, two of the most preferred ticket sites worldwide, as a reference. You can buy your tickets safely from these sites by checking your date and time range.

This ticket allows you to enter the museum directly through the security control without waiting in the ticket queue. You can get the audio guide and booklet as an additional option on these web pages, After purchasing your Van Gogh Museum Ticket, you will receive an sms and an e-mail. You can scan and pass the barcode, so paper tickets are not required. For this reason, do not enter your sms and e-mail incorrectly. Go directly to the entrance with your online ticket.

2-) Enter with I Amsterdam Card: The card is valid for 24 hours – 96 hours. We have examined this card in detail as Museum Tickets . You can find it in our I Amsterdam Card article. With this pass-card, you can enter 44 museums in Amsterdam free of charge. In addition, you have the right to use public transportation free of charge, free canal tours , discounts at selected restaurants. This card is in the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. The choice is up to you according to your visit plan. You can print the card and use it on mobile if you wish. As of the date of our article, there are 1800 positive comments about it.

3-) Van Gogh Museum Ticket & Amsterdam Canal Cruise Combo Ticket: There are more than 2,000 positive reviews about this combo ticket option. If you are not going to enter the Rijks Museum, but are going to do a canal tour and visit the Van Gogh Museum, this combo ticket is a sensible option. Card price is 65 Euros as of March 2022

4-) Van Gogh Museum Guided Tour : On this 2.5-hour guided tour in English, you will be visiting a wide range of Van Gogh Museum’s best-known and lesser-known works, accompanied by a professional guide. It is a preferable option if you have a good level of English.

5-) Van Gogh Museum & Rijks Museum Guided Tour : With this “combo” tour package, which is active in some periods of the year and some periods of the year, you can tour the two most visited museums of Amsterdam for 8 hours with a guide. The language of the tour is English and Spanish. You are traveling with a small group, not with a crowd of tens of tourists. A light lunch is also offered as part of the tour. In addition, the Amsterdam Canal Cruise is also included as part of the tour.

Visiting Tips and Museum Hours

Whenever you go, the Van Gogh Museum is busy. However, for a more enjoyable tour, visiting the Van Gogh Museum between 09:00 and 11:00 in the morning or after 15:00 in the afternoon can help you avoid peak times. Also, avoid visiting on weekends if possible. It gets very busy on weekends. After all, it is the Netherlands’ most popular museum.

We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes during your visit to the museum . There are sections in the museum where photography is allowed and not allowed. If you don’t want to deal with security, pay attention to this issue. Backpacks and suitcases are not allowed in the museum. You can leave it in the car/hotel or in the pawn booths at the stations. Until recently, there was a cloakroom on the ground floor, and they used to take your belongings and give you a number, but recently this practice has also been removed. So no lockers/cloakrooms. It should be noted that there is no problem with the stroller, the building also has an elevator for the disabled.

It takes about 2 hours for Van Gogh to take a tour of his works without hesitation and digesting his works . There is a cafe in the museum where you can eat and drink, and there is a store on the ground floor where you can buy souvenirs. We usually do not recommend museum shops, but if you have a good opportunity, stop by, even if the museum shop here is expensive.

Van Gogh Museum, whose entrance hours vary periodically, is open to visitors 365 days a year . As the Museum Tickets team, we follow and update the hours, but let’s share it anyway:

  • Between 21 June-01 September 2019 and 23-31 December , visiting hours are between 09.00-19.00 on weekdays. It is open from 09:00 in the morning to 21:00 in the evening on Fridays and Saturdays .
  • Between 02 September and 27 October 2019 , visiting hours are between 09.00 and 18.00. Only on Friday at 21:00 the visit ends.
  • Between 28 October and 22 December 2019, visiting hours are between 09:00-17:00. It is only open until 21:00 on Fridays.
  • Between 09:00 and 17:00 on 25 December, Christmas Day, 31 December and New Year’s Eve ; Open from 11:00 to 19:00 on 1 January.

In this article, we tried to give information about Van Gogh by mentioning everything about the Van Gogh Museum. We also informed you about Van Gogh Museum Ticket, Van Gogh Museum Entrance Fee and price, online ticket types. We welcome your valuable photos and comments. Thank you.

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Top 25 museums in the Netherlands



Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has hundreds of museums that are worth exploring. To guide you through the Top 25 Museums of the Netherlands , MuseumTV has made a selection of leading and special museums. The majority of these can also be found in our archive, which can be recognized by the orange play button. This way you can already get acquainted with the museum. Check out the list and get inspired!

1 – Rijksmuseum 

The Rijksmuseum is at the top of the list of the best museums in the Netherlands. With a score of 4.5 out of no less than 46,632 votes, no other museum can compete with this museum.

Take a tour of the museum or meander through the many art forms that can be found in this museum. For this museum you need about 2 to 3 hours to see the most!

Would you like to know what is currently on display in the Rijksmuseum? Then visit their page on Museum Wegwijzer or the website of the museum itself! 

2 – Anne Frank House

Everyone in the world knows the diary of Anne Frank. In Amsterdam you can discover the house where Anne Frank went into hiding in 1942. A museum has been housed in the house since 1960.

Initially, the Secret Annex was not available at Otto Frank’s request.

Visit this special museum and let yourself be taken through the terrible time of the Second World War.

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

3 – Mauritshuis

In the Mauritshuis you will find a collection of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. You will find this selection in the center of The Hague.

Here you will find the most famous paintings from Dutch history, such as the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, the anatomy lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt and The Bull by Potter. You will allow about 2 hours for a visit.

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

4 – DAF Museum

At number 4 on the list of the best museums in the Netherlands, you will find the DAF Museum in Eindhoven. You literally fall from one surprise to another here.

Even for non-expert visitors, it is definitely worth a visit to this museum with the ingenuity that characterizes the DAF vehicles.

For example, in the gallery you will find an exceptional collection of passenger cars. You will of course also find commercial vehicles and military DAF vehicles.

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

Top 25 museums in the Netherlands

5 – Van Gogh Museum

Back to Amsterdam, where you will find the number 5 on the list of the best museums in the Netherlands; the Van Gogh Museum.

Everyone in the world knows the unique painter and in this museum you will be taken along his ideas and ambitions that lie behind his art.

In the Van Gogh museum you will find guided tours that take you through the art of the artist himself and other art in his time.

6 – The Zaanse Schans

Zaandam was a bustling city in North Holland for centuries. History can be told for hours, but pictures speak louder than words.

Operate the machines that have been used through the ages or learn how raw materials are processed into products.

In short, a lot of interaction is possible at the Zaanse Schans.

7 – National Museum of Antiquities

The National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Dutch), is located in an old monumental mansion in Leiden.

In this museum you will find the Dutch archive of archaeology. You will also find a wide range of objects related to ancient Egypt.

Of course you will also find many things that were found in the Netherlands. So be sure to visit the museum!

8 – Royal Delft – Royal Porceleyne Fles

High-quality Delft Blue has been manufactured by Royal Delft since 1653. This Delft Blue is known all over the world.

The craft is passed on from generation to generation and guarantees the iconic masterpieces that Royal Delft offers.

Would you like to see how this Delft Blue is made? Then be sure to visit the museum!

9 – Groninger Museum

Groningen is the first museum in the north of the country in the list of the best museums in the Netherlands.

The Groninger Museum is a modern museum with a varying range of exhibitions. On Tripadvisor, this museum can also do it with a score of 4.5, just like all the above museums. For the Groninger museum this is based on 1,344 reviews.

Would you like to know which current exhibitions the museum offers? Be sure to check out their website!

10 – Castle of the Counts

What the number 10 in this list does in the list of best museums in the Netherlands is not entirely known to us. This museum is located in Ghent, Belgium.

Nevertheless, we will include it in our list because it is definitely worth a visit!

11 – muSIEum

Back to the Netherlands where the muZIEum in Nijmegen is on 11. In this museum you can discover what it is like to be blind or partially sighted. You can read it here, hear from an experience expert, but you will mainly SEE and experience it yourself.

Allow about 2 to 3 hours to visit this museum. Venture into a world where your other senses play a very important role.

12 – Museum de Pont

Museum de Pont is a museum from Tilburg that offers you a wide range of modern art.

De Pont was founded in 1988 and named after the businessman Jan de Pont who left his legacy behind for the benefit of contemporary art. The museum is located in an old wool spinning mill.

13 – Dutch Open Air Museum

The Dutch Open Air Museum is located in Arnhem and offers an overview of the history of everyday activities.

This is done in authentic buildings, objects and true stories that are played out. The people in the museum seem to have been plucked out of history.

14 – The Railway Museum

In the Railway Museum you will discover how the train has changed the world.

The museum has a lifelike station, a theater, exciting attractions and many exhibitions that give you an overview of the history of the train in our society. As the museum itself says; come to the nicest station in the Netherlands! A deserved 14th place in the list of the best museums in the Netherlands.

15 – The Philips Museum

Gerard Philips produced his first light bulbs in 1891 and that is exactly where you will find the current Philips museum.

In this museum you will be taken through the thread of the company and the innovative character that characterizes the company. Of course, as you might have expected, you will find this museum in Eindhoven.

May be interested: The ultimate top 25 most beautiful sights in the Netherlands



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