Outdoor Museum

You can't get closer to Van Gogh Walk in his footsteps. A unique experience!! 

After visiting the Vincentre museum you can then go outside. There are no fewer than 23 locations that remind us of Van Gogh.
Of these 23 locations, 14 were painted or drawn by him. The other 9 are statues, buildings or places of special importance. Information columns have been placed at 18 of these 23 locations. You will be standing where Van Gogh once stood, see what he once saw and what he painted! This makes Nuenen unique. Although none of his actual paintings are here, all our senses are undeniably aroused: you can't get closer to Van Gogh…

Most of the information columns are equipped with audio. At the push of a button you can hear 'Vincent' reading from his letters.

Zuil bij kerkje DSCF1334.jpgThe Van Gogh Village information columns have been installed at 18 of these locations. These columns have been positioned so that you can view the objects which still exist as though you were looking at Vincent's painting. You will be standing on the spot where Vincent once stood to make sketches for his paintings. A number of these columns are equipped with an audio commentary. By pressing the button you will hear the story as told by 'Vincent'.

Some of the rural scenes close by still retain the atmosphere of days gone by. You can visit the Outdoor Museum in a number of ways. Ask about the various possibilities in the Vincentre.


Voorzijde Op Pad ff.PNGLong and short routes

There are several locations painted by Van Gogh which you can find within 400 metres of the Vincentre. This route can easily be done on foot.
The longer route passing all 18 locations is detailed in the separate route booklet 'Out and about with Vincent'. This makes a pleasant walk for a couple of hours but can also be completed by bike or car.
A guide can be booked for groups.  Find out more...

Van Gogh Brabant Layar app is also available when you go for a walk. Find out more... 

VanGogh Roosegaarde Fietspad.jpgNew: Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path
Stars in the asphalt which  give out light after dark. Never was there such a romantic cycle path. Just like the starry night in the south of France that only Vincent could have painted. Definitely worth seeing!
They absorb light during the day and emit light in the evening. Thousands of twinkling pebbles have been incorporated into the asphalt like fragments from Van Gogh's painting of The Starry Night. This gives a subtle play on light and poetry. This is the result of two artists 'meeting' each other in the place where Van Gogh once lived and where the artist Roosegaarde has created an unusual experience for visitors with his techno-poetry. The cycle path is 600 metres in length and is one of the highlights of the Van Gogh Cycle Route that links the Brabant heritage locations.
For more information click here...

DSC00999 Van Goghkerkje Nuenen met narcissen.jpgNew: Van Gogh chapel open to visitors.
The doors of the Van Gogh chapel will be open from the beginning of April on:
   •The second Wednesday of each month from 13:30 to 17:00
   •The last Sunday of each month from 13:30 to 17:00.This will operate until the end of october.
Entrance to the church is free. Also for guided groups. Also take a look here.

DSC01027 Beeldengroep De aardappeleters.JPGNew: Sculpture of the Potato Eaters
A bronze sculpture inspired by the painting of the Potato Eaters now has a place in the Park.
While viewing it you can experience the intimacy of the meal this Nuenen peasant family was eating in 1885. The sculpture has been given a rough finish which accurately reflects the painting's brushstrokes and light source in the tarnished bronze; which is also the colour of the potatoes.
In order to do justice to the peasant scene, the table has been given a trapezium shape and is raised at the back, making it easier to see the table. Some details from the painting have been left out; there is no table cloth for example. But other things have been added, such as the farmhouse cat lying asleep. And the dark female figure in the front of the painting, known as a repoussoir (to give the painting more perspective) has been given a real face: she is praying and giving thanks for the meal.
The location of the sculpture is no coincidence. Most members of the family sit with their back to the church because the priest at the time, Father Pauwels forbade his parishioners from posing for Van Gogh. But they cared little about that.
There is an extra chair close by, an invitation to sit down. As though you are almost sitting with them at the table.