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Long Profile of The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland


Vincent Van Gogh's self-portrait, photo © Mario Tama/Getty Images

Vincent Van Gogh's self-portrait on view at the Met, NYC

photo © Mario Tama/Getty Images


The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland was founded in 1973 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

"The museum collects and preserves Western paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from the period 1840 to 1920. At the heart of the museum is the estate of Vincent van Gogh, the largest collection of Van Gogh’s work anywhere in the world."


The history of the Museum begins with the artist's brother Theo who had the collection of Vincent's work. When Theo died, his widow Johanna van Gogh-Bonger inherited it and then it was passed to her son, Vincent Willem van Gogh. He transferred the works to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation in 1962, on the initiative of the Dutch state. This family collection, now is on permanent loan to the Van Gogh Museum.

The museum also owns a large number of works by other 19th-century artists such as Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Jean-François Millet.

The Van Gogh Museum was designed by Gerrit Rietveld and opened to the public in 1973. A second building was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and opened in 1999.

The Museum continually makes acquisitions to its collection courtesy of its sponsors and benefactors.


"The Van Gogh Museum makes the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and the art of his time accessible to as many people as possible in order to enrich and inspire them.

The Van Gogh Museum fulfils this mission by:

  • acquiring, managing and conserving collections of work by Van Gogh and western artists from the period circa 1830 to 1914
  • an active programme of research and publication, based on these collections
  • a programme of exhibitions held in the museum and elsewhere that extends and enhances the reach and appeal of its permanent displays
  • a programme of education that satisfies the needs of a broad public."


The Van Gogh Museum is located on Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum. The museum entrance is at Paulus Potterstraat 7. It is easy to access via tram, waterboat and taxi. It is one of the most popular sites in Amsterdam for art lovers.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Van Gogh Museum owns famous van Gogh paintings such as "The Potato Eaters" (1885), "Bedroom in Arles" (1888), and "Wheatfield with Crows" (1890).

The collection also includes paintings by well-known artists such as Gauguin, Redon, Monet, Manet and Courbet.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Van Gogh Museum is home to the world's largest collection of art by Vincent van Gogh and includes "200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters, as well as the artist's own collection of Japanese prints."

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Museum's Conservation Department regularly checks the condition of the paintings. to fully analyze the pigments that van Gogh used, they often collaborate with prestigious institutions such as: AMOLF- FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, (University of Amsterdam), Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo), and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (Amsterdam).

Some of the equipment used for the preventive conservation of the paintings and drawings are microscopes, X-rays and infrared reflectography, which helps the scientists and conservators to chemically analyze the paint and pigment compositions.

Employment Information:

Job listings at the Van Gogh Museum change regularly, so be sure to check their website listings periodically.

"The museum has a broad range of positions, ranging from curators to cloakroom assistants. Besides the museum building and associated offices, the museum also has some office buildings in the vicinity."

How to Apply for a Job:

According to the Museum's website: "The department of Personnel & Organization is the department within the museum also responsible for attracting and selecting staff. The museum also announces job vacancies and internships on this website and in (national) newspapers. Requests for job experience places and open job applications will not be processed."

Museum's Contact Info:

Visitor information:

The Van Gogh Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 7, on Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum.

Postal address: P.O. Box 75366, 1070 AJ Amsterdam, Tel: +31 (0)20 570 5200

Email: info@vangoghmuseum.nl

The Van Gogh Museum website

Museum Hours:

Daily 10:00 to 18:00, Friday to 22:00

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