The Van Gogh Museum Accessibility

  • The Van Gogh Museum Accessibility

  • azaleeboy

    Member
    April 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Hello,

    I am a huge Van Gogh fan and really want to visit the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. On the website it seems very accessible to different visitors with disabilities!

    What is the best way to get there in a power wheelchair?  The website mentions a number of different options (bus, tram), do you know if they are all accessible?

    Thank you!

  • TabiFolk

    Organizer
    April 19, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Maybe @hfbnetherlands can answer this question?

    • pauline

      Member
      April 19, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Hi, I think the best way to go to the museum is by tram. Because Amsterdam has a tram system that is largely accessible. They have many updated trams that feature wheelchair friendly doors and ramps at the middle entrances. For the detail information, you could check: https://www.handiscover.com/content/tips-articles/wheelchair-accessible-amsterdam/

      However, the accessibility of tram stop may be different. You can check whether a stop is accessible here: http://maps.gvb.nl/en/lijnen. I check one for you ahead: if you take tram2 or tram 5, you will stop at Van Baerlestraat, and this stop is wheelchair accessible.

       

  • maria

    Member
    April 19, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Kamil maybe you could help, as you have visited it before.

  • Kamil

    Member
    April 19, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Hi! I am a power wheelchair user and I visited Van Gogh Museum at the end of 2015. The museum is very accessible and I didn’t have any issue inside it. The exhibition is fantastic!

    As for transport, I only used metro (very accessible – at least the stations I used) and otherwise I rolled with my wheelchair through the city. If I remember well, there is a metro station not very far from the museums square (there are some great museums gathered there), but you still need to roll a bit, which is not very difficult as the city is beautiful and wheelchair friendly.

    Hope these helps!

  • hfbnetherlands

    Member
    April 20, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Evening in the Netherlands after a long day work sorry a bit late, so I can answer now. Pauline is right. best way is to go by tram. And it’s the right stop.

    Best place to stand at the stop is near the shelter, because you can enter the tram in the front without a wheelchair and at 3/4 with wheelchair. people with wheelchair have a reserved space so buggy’s with little children have to leave if you enter. Even when it rains… It helps when you tell the staff where you want to leave the tram. Then they can arrange a better place tot stop not exactly under the shelter but a bit earlier. And then they can stop people to enter before you go out.

    The Van Gogh can be very crowded so if possible best time is to go in the morning.

    And when you intend to go to the Rijksmuseum (a 5 minute ‘walk’ away): you can bring someone to guide you for free.

    On the same square there is the “stedelijk Museum’ with modern art. It’s personal, if you ask help you can enter the museum, but I don’t like the fact that you have to ask someone for help in a modern museum. .. people who don’t mind have a great time. And if you are inside you cab have a great time.

    I don’s now if you need more information, feel free to ask.

    An other nice place to go is:  http://www.hetgrachtenhuis.nl/en 

    When you see this museum you think you can not enter, but the stairs can become a platform that takes you up ..

    22th of July an extra metro line starts.

    And you can also take a bus because most busses have a platform coming out to help a wheelchair to get in..

    But to the Van Gogh best transportation is still the tram. (lines 3, 12, 2, 5).

    Have a nice time!

    Heleen

     

  • azaleeboy

    Member
    April 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you so much for such detailed information everyone!

    Museum of the Canals also looks interesting, thank you!!

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