24 August 2015
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September open to the public.
The Van Gogh Museum will be using a total of 125,000 sunflowers to build a sunflower labyrinth on the Museumplein to celebrate the festive opening of the new entrance hall. The largest labyrinth measures 7,000 m2 and covers almost half of the Museumplein. It will be open to the public free of charge on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September between 9 am and 5 pm. There are three Van Gogh inspiration chambers that form a part of the sunflower labyrinth, where visitors can listen to performances by singer-songwriters and view various displays. All the sunflowers will be handed out to the public during the afternoon of Sunday 6 September, between 4 and 6 pm.
Van Gogh inspiration chambers and free performances
The labyrinth will be constructed in record time (3.5 days!) after the Uitmarkt has finished, by a large and professional crew. On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, the visitors will be offered a fantastic view of the Museumplein and the sunflower labyrinth from a special photo deck on the square. They will be able to take spectacular photos and selfies with 125,000 sunflowers, the Van Gogh Museum and its new entrance hall as backdrop.
Next, the visitor can amble through the 800m long labyrinth and discover the three special Van Gogh inspiration chambers, including a chamber with Van Gogh fan art and a chamber with photos of the construction process of the new entrance hall. In the last chamber there are performances by singer-songwriters who have taken part in the music competition De Grote Prijs van Nederland, including Gerson Main and Charl Delemarre. The singer-songwriters give special performances every hour with a repertoire of songs written specially for the event, inspired by Van Gogh.
The Van Gogh Museum is closed on Friday 4 September due to the official opening of the new entrance hall. The museum, with its new entrance hall on the Museumplein, is open to the public from Saturday 5 September at 9 am. Please have a look at the opening hours for more information.