Recommended in Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum wasn't high on my list this time around simply because I'm not a huge van Gogh fan. I remember going years ago, and I remember that it was a good experience, but van Gogh paintings were just not my must sees. Since the last time I went, the museum underwent a renovation, and I think the changes they've made have resulted in a more engaging and exciting place.

The museum doesn't have Starry Night, which is probably his most famous, but I remember one painting clearly from my prior visit: Wheatfield With Crows. I think it might still be my personal favourite.

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/collection-highlights

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/collection-highlights

Brian's favourite was Landscape at Twilight:

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0107V1962

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0107V1962

This time, we went on a Friday evening, when the museum is open late, has live music and serves drinks in the lobby from a bar stocked with a full selection of Van Gogh Vodka and all the fixings for cocktails! Even with our Museumkaart, we waited in line outside for about 30 minutes, but once inside, the atmosphere really brought new life to van Gogh for me. I usually prefer my museums with fewer people, but I highly recommend this time and place, especially if you're feeling a little bored of the museum scene.

If you look really close, you might see one of van Gogh's self-portraits in the background!

If you look really close, you might see one of van Gogh's self-portraits in the background!

We weren't allowed to take photos in the museum, so I can't give you sneak peeks of the actual paintings. However, the museum has an impressive selection of his work throughout his career, as well as the work of his contemporaries and artists he inspired. Some of our favourite exhibits displayed the tools that he worked with, letters he wrote and objects of inspiration. The museum is well signed (in English too!) so you don't necessarily need the audio tour.

This year, the museum is marking the 125 years since van Gogh passed away. Several events are planning including an exhibit from September 24, 2015 to January 17, 2016 exploring the similarities between the works of van Gogh and Edvard Munch ("The Scream"). I'm looking forward to paying another visit!

Whenever you go, take your time and enjoy!

~Erica