Why The Van Gogh Museum Was A Disappointment

November 27, 2017

Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters in the world. Before visiting Amsterdam, I was excited at the prospect of getting up close and personal with some of his creations.

The Van Gogh Museum is located in Museum Square close to the Rijksmuseum, a prime spot in the city. 
My friend and I booked tickets online after we heard the queues could be long and tiring, we were right to do so. Similarly, the queues for the cloak-room were fairly long so, I would advise you not to bring a backpack or a heavy coat to the museum. 
Before I say why I was disappointed with the attraction, I will say it was extremely interesting to learn about Van Gogh's family and the life he led whilst residing in different locations. However, all of this information (the highlight of my visit) could easily be read online, for free.


For housing such an important piece of history in The Netherlands, I must say the architecture of the building, didn't particularly excite. Whilst, the outside is certainly interesting with the new entrance hall being a glass structure, the inside is pretty dull. From my memory, the walls were dark grey and the interior was clinical and cold. It could be suggested, the simplistic nature means the focus is entirely on the paintings however, I felt it produced an unwelcoming atmosphere.  

Personally, I didn't find the lighting too bad. It was rather dark and the bulb gave off a yellow luminescence, but here's what some said on TripAdvisor... 

Like any tourist hotspot, the crowds are always going to be an issue. However, at times a large number of people did prohibit you from viewing the paintings. Most notably, one version of Sunflowers was cramped and it was difficult to get a full perspective of the masterpiece.

Whilst, there were paintings such as The Potato Eaters and Wheatfield with Crows, some of his most known paintings were not at the museum, this includes Starry Night which is at the MoMA and Irises which is located at The Getty. 

I don't know about you, but when I go to a museum that is supposedly dedicated to one person and his paintings, I don't expect to be bombarded with other artists 'influenced' by his work. In respect, it felt like the museum was filling in gaps of the gallery and only proceeded to confuse the layout and message of the collection.

Have you been to the Van Gogh Museum? Do you agree with my opinion? 

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