Van Gogh Museum

world's largest collection of works by Van Gogh

The museum with the world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh: more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters as well as the artist's own collection of Japanese prints.


the new eye-catching entrance hall and exhibition wing of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum

Collection and building

The museum also houses an extensive collection of works of art by other 19th-century painters and sculptors. The permanent collection is housed in the main building, which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld.

The exhibition wing, designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1999, offers a wide range of exhibitions related to 19th-century art.

The new all-glass entrance to Museumplein was also designed by Kisho Kurokawa and opened to the public in September 2015, following in the steps of its neighbouring Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum.

Work of Vincent van Gogh

The work of Vincent van Gogh contains all his paintings as well as his written documents. They provide a unique insight into his life and work.

Van Gogh's work is organized chronologically into 5 periods, each representing a different phase of his life and work: the Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Work of other artists

This part of the museum shows an extensive permanent collection of other 19th century artists. They were contemporaries and friends of Van Gogh, and include Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

It was in Paris where Van Gogh met these artists and got acquainted with the painting style of the Impressionists.

more impressions


Self-Portrait as a Painter, Vincent van Gogh (1888)


Wheatfield with a Reaper, Vincent van Gogh (1889)


Photo: Jan Kees Steenman


Almond Blossom, Vincent van Gogh (1890)


The Yellow House, Vincent van Gogh (1888)

In May 1888, Van Gogh rented four rooms on the right-hand side of a house on the Place Lamartine in Arles. His living quarters were the ones with the green shutters. His bedroom lay beyond. To the left we see the restaurant where he usually took his meals.


Irises, Vincent van Gogh (1890)


The Blue Dress, Kees van Dongen (1911)

Meet Vincent  

An Introduction to Vincent van Gogh


Photo: Jan Kees Steenman


The Potato Eaters, Vincent van Gogh (1885)

In the Potato Eaters Vincent van Gogh gave the peasants coarse faces and bony, working hands as the painting had to depict the harsh reality of country life. He wanted to show in this way that they 'have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish ... that they have thus honestly earned their food'.


The Bedroom, Vincent van Gogh (1888)