Located in the centre of Etten-Leur, the Van Gogh Church offers a fascinating glimpse into what is probably the least known period in Vincent van Gogh’s life, but certainly not the least important! In Etten (1881) Vincent decided to become an artist! His family lived here for 7 years (1875-1882). During special holidays Vincent always visited his beloved family in Etten.
‘The start of a career’
This is the church where Van Gogh’s father was minister for seven years and where Van Gogh could regularly be found. Vincent van Gogh first registered as an artist in Etten in 1881. For nine months he lived and worked in the parsonage behind the Dutch Reformed Church. He also had his first drawing studio here.
In the Van Gogh Church you can see how Vincent wrestled with drawing but became better at it through sheer hard work. How he was infatuated by his cousin Kee Vos and the drama which then unfolded. How he had arguments with his father. How he left Etten at Christmas 1881 but never forgot it.
‘Around the Van Gogh Church’
All these unusual stories are told in and around the Van Gogh Church. Nine colourful windows, multilingual information panels, showcases, animation and a film in the Van Gogh Petit Cinema will surprise you (we hope). Outside an amazing oversized portrait wall and audio columns take you back in time.
Starting 1 March 2020 (until 29 March) the church presents also the Exhibition "Henri De Cocker, as colourful as Van Gogh". More than 40 amazing paintings.
Five Van Gogh Monuments
Etten-Leur counts five official Van Gogh Monuments: the former Protestant church (nowadays called Van Gogh Church), the former verger house (nowadays also Van Gogh Shop & Tourist Information), the old Townhall (the place where Vincents was registered as an artist for the first time - a copy of that document can be seen in the church), the Catholic Lambertus church and the spot where the family Van Gogh lived and Vincent had his first workshop/studio; nowadays marked with a statue of Vincent by artist Hein Vree.
Van Gogh Shop
The Van Gogh Shop has a large variety of souvenirs. It is also the ideal starting point for a Van Gogh walk or a cycle trip through the surrounding area.
Van Gogh heritage location
The Van Gogh Church and Van Gogh Shop (Markt 4) are within walking distance from the bus and railway stations. There is a multi-storey car park very close to the church. The locations are also on the Van Gogh Cycle Route that connects the five heritage locations in Brabant with each other.
Opening hours Van Gogh Church:
In January and February 2020, the Van Gogh Church will only be open on Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of groups (on request), each time from 13.30-17.00 hrs.
In March 2020, the church will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons. Every day from 13.30-17.00 hrs. With the exception of 1 March. On this day the church closes for visitors at 15.30 hrs due to a closed meeting. The whole month of March there is an extra exhibition!
From April 2020 the church will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and on the third Sunday of the month. Each time from 13.30-17.00 hrs.
Adjusted opening hours / Van Gogh Church closed:
-14 February closed because of a wedding in the church
-28 and 29 February closed because of the construction of the exhibition Henri De Cocker
-12 and 13 April closed because of Easter
-23 and 24 April closed because of Ribbon Rain / Kingsday
-21 May Ascension Day closed
-29 May open from 14.00 because of a marriage
-31 May + 1 June closed because of Pentecost
-12 June open from 14.00 because of marriage
-25 June to 1 July closed because of Fairground
-8 July closed due to extra council meeting
-10 July open from 15.00 due to marriage
-18 July open from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm due to marriage
-9 August closed because of a pro cycling race
-28 August open from 15.00 because of marriage
-12/13 September Open Monument Weekend
-13 September closed due to a TownTrail (subject to change)
-10 October closed because of 3 marriages
-25 October closed because of the Marathon Brabant
-8 November closed because of organ concert
-11 November closed due to an additional Council meeting
-December 24 closed because of a marriage
-25 and 26 December closed for Christmas
-31 December and 1 January 2021 closed due to New Year's Eve and New Year
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