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amsterdam van gogh museum

i love him and his contemporaries -- any advice on best way to make the most of my visit with this in mind? also arrangements for tickets. other sights that are musts for art lovers? thanks. Fran

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The Van Gough Museum is very modern, and very easy to enjoy. The entire museum is mostly set up on a one-way "circuit"; so you can't get lost. Lines to get in usually aren't a big deal. but you can purchase them ahead of time via the official website. Other top-notch art museums include the Rijks Museum, Hermitage, Stedelijk, Nieuwe Kerk (temporary exhibits), Historic Museum, and the Foam photography museum. Get a copy of Rick's Amsterdam guidebook for details.

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Hi Fran,
Last time I was in Amsterdam there was a deal where if you were visiting the Van Gogh museum and the Rijks museum, you could buy the 2 tickets together and save some money.
They were both definitely worth visiting. Have a good trip!

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I too am going to Amsterdam this spring. I did read today that you can purchase your tickets to the museum online and print them at home to avoid lines at the museum upon arrival. I haven't checked into the pass yet, I'm still looking.

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BTW, the Rijksmuseum is within walking distance of the Van Gogh Museum.

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I absolutely loved the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. It was set up wonderfully and it was very enjoyable.
I wish I could go again!

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I've been to the van Gogh museum several times and never had an issue with lines. Not even in high season. The layout is really easy to follow. It is not a huge museum like the Rijksmuseum - which by the way is also a must-see and right around the corner of the van Gogh. I'd definitely recommend the audio guide for van Gogh. It's very helpful. They also have a nice audio version for kids that is a bit shorter and picks (in parts) a different set of paintings to illustrate the development of his work.

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You still have to go through the security line (just went at the beginning of May) and wait to get your audio guide (which is included with one of the tickets). I was there for tulip season and lines weren't bad at all for the Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Enjoy! If you have a chance and visit Den Haag - on't forget the Maurits Museum - home to Vermeer's "Girl With The Pearl Earring". Its lovely!

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I went on a weekday afternoon in October, there was no line so got right in.

Van Gogh painted most of his classic paintings at least a few times. You will probably think you have seen the painting in other museums. You have, it was just on a different canvas.

I liked the many paintings that I would never have recognized as his work. IMO that's the best part of the museum.

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I was there this past Sunday. I had the iAmsterdam card - you don't get to skip the lines but at 10:00 a.m., it wasn't bad anyway. You do have to go through security regardless. The museum is well structured - Rick's book has a good outline. The Rijksmuseum is also a great stop - they’ve winnowed their collection to a manageable size.

There's currently a temporary exhibit at the Old Church of the World Press Photo competition - quite interesting and moving photos. It's 7 euro entrance fee (free if you have the iAmsterdam card).

And if you're flying through Schiphol, don’t forget the small outlet of the Rijksmuseum (between piers E and F) - they had 5 Van Gogh’s displayed.

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thanks to all you amsterdam--vangogh lovers i enjoyed your experiences so much--my daughter and i were there as planned in april and we loved every minute -- the people - the museums - the city were all great-- fran

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Hi Frances,

... The above link is NOT affiliated with any hôtel chain, but it does contain a good bit of information of interest to someone about to visit Amsterdam ... suggest you use your mouse to copy and then paste the link into your Internet search box ... Next, just touch ENTER on your computer's keyboard ... Have a great trip! P.