Although the breadth of the Rijksmuseum is impressive, there’s something pretty incredible about being able to see the work of a single artist curated in great depth in one place. You’ll see many of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings (Sunflowers, Irises, The Potato Eaters) in the museum’s permanent collection, as well as fascinating, lesser-known works in the evolving exhibition wing. There are also pieces by Van Gogh’s contemporaries (e.g., Émile Bernard, Paul Gaugin, Maurice Denis) on display, which adds an interesting layer of context. All together, the museum tells a thorough story of Van Gogh’s life and legacy, both of which are often shrouded in myth. Buy tickets online if you can. Also, depending on what time of year you’re in Amsterdam, the museum may have extended hours, and the evenings tend to be less crowded times to visit.

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