Pop-Up Event: The Van Gogh Experience in D.C.

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Overview

I really didn’t know what to expect with Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience and was very pleasantly surprised! It really does feel like you are a part of his painting when you are in the large room at the end. This exhibition is great for all ages. It is open through March 2022 and is well-worth a visit.

Brief History

Vincent Van Gogh drew almost 1,000 art pieces in the 10 years that he was an artist. He had a lot of mental health issues and died at the age of 37. One of the most interesting things I learned about Van Gogh was that he drew Starry Night 21 times from his window of the insane asylum. The only thing missing from his view in the painting was the bars on his window! It was also interesting to learn that he may have been color-blind; which is why his artwork is so vibrant.

Tickets

It cost almost $50 after taxes and fees per adult. They also have a coloring section (free), and a virtual reality experience (extra $5) if you so desire! We purchased tickets about a week in advance but I would get them sooner if you want a specific time slot.

Helpful Information

We drove and parked right in front of the large gray exhibition building in the Rhode Island Center. Click here for directions. If it is crowded they have a parking garage that is a block away. You will have to pay for parking online. There will be signs to help direct you with all of this; it was pretty easy to get to. It is about 1 hour from Baltimore, and you should get there about 10 minutes ahead of time. If you go, plan to be there for about 45 minutes to an hour. Proof of vaccination is required to enter.

Other To Do’s

Bus Boys & Poets

After this experience, we went to Bus Boys and Poets at their original location on 14th Street NW. We had brunch here, and it had delicious food. You will need to bring proof of vaccination.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

We also went to the Basilica at Catholic University. Click here for directions. It was absolutely beautiful inside and out. You can tour the place on your own, or you can do a formal tour. Enter through the door at the bottom of the steps on the right-hand side. It is free! There is a free parking lot across the street on the left of the Basilica.

Enjoy! Feel free to contact me with any questions about this experience.

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