Interior of the Van Gogh Church

Van Gogh Church

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Located in the centre of Etten-Leur, the Van Gogh Church offers a fascinating glimpse into what is probably the least known period in Vincent van Gogh’s life, but certainly not the least important! In Etten (1881) Vincent decided to become an artist! His family lived here for 7 years (1875-1882). During special holidays Vincent always visited his beloved family in Etten.

‘The start of a career’
This is the church where Van Gogh’s father was minister for seven years and where Van Gogh could regularly be found. Vincent van Gogh first registered as an artist in Etten in 1881. For nine months he lived and worked in the parsonage behind the Dutch Reformed Church. He also had his first drawing studio here.

‘Precious memories’
In the Van Gogh Chu…

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Located in the centre of Etten-Leur, the Van Gogh Church offers a fascinating glimpse into what is probably the least known period in Vincent van Gogh’s life, but certainly not the least important! In Etten (1881) Vincent decided to become an artist! His family lived here for 7 years (1875-1882). During special holidays Vincent always visited his beloved family in Etten.

‘The start of a career’
This is the church where Van Gogh’s father was minister for seven years and where Van Gogh could regularly be found. Vincent van Gogh first registered as an artist in Etten in 1881. For nine months he lived and worked in the parsonage behind the Dutch Reformed Church. He also had his first drawing studio here.

‘Precious memories’
In the Van Gogh Church you can see how Vincent wrestled with drawing but became better at it through sheer hard work. How he was infatuated by his cousin Kee Vos and the drama which then unfolded. How he had arguments with his father. How he left Etten at Christmas 1881 but never forgot it.

‘Around the Van Gogh Church’
All these unusual stories are told in and around the Van Gogh Church. Nine colourful windows, multilingual information panels, showcases, animation and a film in the Van Gogh Petit Cinema will surprise you (we hope). Outside an amazing oversized portrait wall and audio columns take you back in time. 

EXTRA PHOTO EXHIBITION
Starting 25 September (until 22 December) the church presents also the Photo Exhibition "Closer to Van Gogh". Amazing photos by Marc Boom Photography of some of Van Goghs famous portraits. 

Five Van Gogh Monuments
Etten-Leur counts five official Van Gogh Monuments: the former Protestant church (nowadays called Van Gogh Church), the former verger house (nowadays also Van Gogh Shop & Tourist Information), the old Townhall (the place where Vincents was registered as an artist for the first time - a copy of that document can be seen in the church), the Catholic Lambertus church and the spot where the family Van Gogh lived and Vincent had his first workshop/studio; nowadays marked with a statue of Vincent by artist Hein Vree.

Van Gogh Shop
The Van Gogh Shop has a large variety of souvenirs. It is also the ideal starting point for a Van Gogh walk or a cycle trip through the surrounding area.

Van Gogh heritage location
The Van Gogh Church and Van Gogh Shop (Markt 4) are within walking distance from the bus and railway stations. There is a multi-storey car park very close to the church. The locations are also on the Van Gogh Cycle Route that connects the five heritage locations in Brabant with each other.

Visit the Dutch Van Gogh Etten-Leur website (also for tickets)

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Opening hours

  • every Mondayclosed
  • every Tuesdayclosed
  • every Wednesdayfrom 13:30 to 17:00
  • every Thursdayfrom 13:30 to 17:00
  • every Fridayfrom 13:30 to 17:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 13:30 to 17:00
  • every Sundayfrom 13:30 to 17:00
  • Note: opening times may vary during holidays
  • The Van Gogh Church is usually open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13: 30-17: 00). The church is closed on the 21st and 22nd of September, and on 19 and 27 October, 3, 10 and 17 November and 1 and 15 December. On the 23rd and 24th of November, there is a photo exhibition of the photo club Fodipres: admission is free, but there is NO Van Gogh exhibition. Sunday December 22 is the last day of the exhibition of Marc Boom's exhibition 'Closer to Van Gogh'. 's Tree'a Closer look at Van Gogh to go to to. The church will be closed from the 23rd of December 2019 to 2 January 2020. In January and February 2020, the Van Gogh Church is only open Friday and Saturday, groups excepted. On demand: info@vincentvangoghinetten.nl Starting in March of 2020, the church will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and on the third Sunday of the month.

Prices

  • Adult€5.50
  • Groupsfrom €3.50 to €7.50
  • Seniors€4.50
  • CJP (Cultural youth pass)€4.50
  • Children€3.50
  • Children€0.00
  • Payment options: Cash, PIN

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  • Capacity: 100-150
  • Type of location: Monumental location, Cultural location, Attraction
  • Theme: City center, Near station