on September 23, 2009
The Van Gogh museum was a highlight of our trip, and from the line to get in it's a popular site for most visitors. There are a couple ways to avoid the line: buy your ticket ahead of time or buy an "I amsterdam" card (free admission to museum).The museum displays his work chronologically, from his early days in The Netherlands to his later days in France. In between the sketches and paintings the museum has provided text telling the story of Van Gogh's personal life, and tells how his life influenced his painting and drawing. The second floor houses many of Van Gogh's sketches.The museum comprises two buildings, the main building houses the main collection - all of the paintings I just mentioned. The second building houses special exhibitions. When we visited the exhibition focused on his Starry Night painting, and how other artists capture the night sky in their works.The cafe is a great place to rest between the two buildings. It was reasonably priced for a coffee and a snack. And don't forget to stop by the gift shop - there were surprisingly some nice items.
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