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Fans of Van Gogh will be able to experience his works in a whole new way with the immersive exhibits./Nancy Hamilton

While many art lovers would like to hop a plane about now to Amsterdam or Paris to see the original works of Vincent van Gogh, an extraordinary traveling exhibit should supply some solace in the meantime.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is gallivanting across the United States, offering immersive opportunities for art lovers willing to step into a 360-degree digital version of his masterpieces. The exhibit comes in numerous, roughly one-hour variations. It features the life story of Van Gogh’s artistic career through a moving, multimedia floor-to-ceiling presentation guaranteed to spark sensory delight.

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Van Gogh (1853-1890), a Dutch post-impressionist painter, is perhaps best known for “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers” and self-portraits. Although not seen as a success during his lifetime, Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings of still life, portraits and landscapes are revered by millions of admirers today who are flocking to museums, galleries and large venues to experience these exhibitions. In his life’s work, he created some 2,100 pieces — many of which are included in the traveling exhibits to reveal the tapestry of his life.

The exhibit provides the art connoisseur with an alternate way to enjoy Van Gogh’s brilliance. As one walks through the exhibit they experience the movement of his art. And, with the accompaniment of the music and the telling of his artistic journey, it becomes an experience rather than just a viewing.


Susanne Willis, Sarasota, Florida, told friends that it was difficult to describe this “mesmerizing” exhibit after seeing Immersive Van Gogh at the L’Atelier des Lumieres art museum in Paris, France. “I felt I was walking into a continuation of floor-to-ceiling Van Gogh art.” The immersive exhibit commenced in Europe in 2017 and came to the U.S. this past fall, continuing through dates into 2022.

“This exhibit surrounds you in swirling light, color, and music. Visitors are carried into Van Gogh’s world of art by merely stepping into the space,” said Debi Lander, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, who saw Van Gogh Alive at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. “The exhibit is like no other; it overwhelms the senses and delights the soul. I wanted to sit down and bask in the art surrounding me.”

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Famous works like "Starry Night" take on new life as the paintings reach from floor to ceiling./Nancy Hamilton

No matter what version of the exhibit you get the opportunity to take in, those who have seen it say not to pass up the chance to experience this sensory spectacular. “It’s playful, emotional and thought-provoking, as well as educational,” Lander concluded.

The various Vincent Van Gogh art exhibits are covering the walls and floors of venues throughout the United States. Timed tickets are sold online, averaging in price from $25 to $50 for adults. Pandemic protocols are in place, but check for up-to-date restrictions. For those prone to motion sickness, consider taking precautions. Following is the proposed schedule of events.

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Immersive Van Gogh

  • Chicago

Through Sept. 6

  • San Francisco

Through Sept. 6

  • Los Angeles

May 27-Jan. 2, 2022

  • New York

June 10-Sept. 6

  • Charlotte

June 18-Sept. 12

  • Minneapolis

Aug. 2-Sept. 26

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

  • Miami

May 8-Aug. 30

  • Atlanta

May 19-Aug. 1

  • New York

June 26-Sept. 26

  • Washington, D.C.

July 23-Nov. 14

  • Boston

Sept. 24-Jan. 2, 2022

  • Dallas

Aug. 30-Dec. 12

  • Philadelphia

Aug. 12-Nov. 21

  • Houston

Oct. 14-Jan. 23, 2022

Van Gogh Alive

  • St. Petersburg, Fla.

Through June 13

  • Indianapolis

June – TBD

Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience

  • Miami

Through July 11

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition

  • Boston

Dec. 21-Feb. 20, 2022

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