During his lifetime, Van Gogh never sold a piece of art. After Van Gogh’s death, his brother Theo tried to sell his late brother’s paintings. After Theo’s death, his widowed wife, Johanna, made a collection of unsold Van Gogh paintings. Finally, in the year 1963, the Dutch Government ordered the construction of an art museum displaying the works of Van Gogh and his contemporaries.


The Van Gogh Museum is in south Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It lies near Museum Square which is home to Stedelijk Museum, Concertgebouw concert hall, and Rijksmuseum. Take tram #2 from Central Station in Amsterdam to the Van Baerlestraat stop. You can also take tram #5, #3, and #12 which will get you to the required stop.


The peak season to visit the Van Gogh museum is from Easter (April) to November. During this time of the year, the museum is open from 9 AM to 6 PM. If you plan to visit on a Friday, then the museum is open until 10 PM. During the other months, the museum is opened daily from 9 AM to 5 PM


There are two buildings of the museum, the Kurokawa Wing and the Gerrit Rietveld Building. In the Rietveld Building, the ground floor has a shop and café. On the first floor, you can find the works of Van Gogh organized chronologically. Then on the second floor, there is an informative exhibition about the restoration of paintings. The third and final floor displays the paintings of his contemporaries. The other wing, Kurokawa, is for temporary art exhibitions. The important paintings that you should see are The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Almond Blossoms, and The Yellow House.


The electrical sockets in the Netherlands are Type C (two round pins) and Type F which fit plug E and C respectively. The power is 230 V, so visitors using low voltage devices need a converter and travel adapter to match the socket type and voltage level. For more information check out our international socket types reference page. 

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