Van Gogh Exhibit Hits NYC This Summer and Tickets Are on Sale Now

Social distancing circles make it easy to lose yourself in the art while staying 6 feet apart.
Social distancing circles make it easy to lose yourself in the art while staying 6 feet apart.

You might have seen Starry Night at MoMA or surrounded yourself with a number of original Van Goghs in one of The Met's famed galleries, but you've never seen the artist's works like this.

A brand new Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is heading to New York this June, but you'll have to act fast if you want tickets. The presale site is live, and if its other stops are any indication, they're sure to sell out fast as has happened in Paris and Toronto; it's been the hardest ticket to come by in Chicago, San Francisco, and LA, prompting months-long extensions.

Here’s everything we know about this hot new art pop-up, and why we can’t wait to Gogh.

Immersive Van Gogh exhibit NYC
The Immersive Van Gogh Experience transports you into the famed artist's paintings.

Here We Gogh

The Immersive Van Gogh Experience gives you an opportunity to walk through, and be immersed, in some of the most beautiful art in the world.

What exactly is this show? Set in cavernous spaces, there are towering projections animating the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Guests can wander through moving images that bring to life the color and detail, highlighting his brushstrokes and bringing visitors inside the mind of the artist.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Is Coming To NYC: Step inside Van Gogh's The Bedroom
Walk around in Van Gogh's The Bedroom.

The works are brought to life with art, light, music, movement, and imagination. Some of his most famous paintings, including Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889) are included, as are some lesser-known works. It’s a whole new way of looking at and experiencing art, and the immersive nature and grand scale make it far more fun for kids than standing in a quiet gallery and being told not to touch anything.

Is it Good to Gogh With Kids?

Parents who have gone in other cities say this is a great exhibit for kids, but with two caveats. One, is that this is a slightly pricey ticket for what amounts to about an hour-long experience (even shorter for younger children with shorter attention spans). But in a year where getting out of the house has been rare, it's a great opportunity for a little culture and art. The other thing I’ve heard from several people is the music can be loud, so if you have very young children (or anyone who reacts to loud music), noise-canceling headphones might be a good idea. 

Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in NYC
Brushstrokes so big, you'll feel like you're inside the paintings.

Is it Safe to Gogh?

Every person will have to make that determination for their own family. It’s a walk-in experience in a very large space with many safety measures in place, including timed-entry tickets to control crowds, touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue, contactless payment, social distancing, mask wearing required, and more.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Is Coming To NYC: See Van Gogh's Sunflowers 3 stories high
Sunflowers bloom everywhere you look.

Where to Gogh to See the Show

Shhhhhh! It's a secret. We don't really know where the show will be located, but promoters promise a centrally located NYC venue that's indoors. The secret location will be slipped to ticket holders at a later date.

Where to Gogh to Get Tickets

Tickets to the NYC show are already on sale. Prices start at $45 for adults and $25 for children.

A version of this story was first published on our LA site. Meghan Rose contributed additional reporting. Photos by Michael Brosilow

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