People have been buzzing about enjoying the Van Gogh Immersive Experience for the past year. This artistic event has been playing in Seattle for the past year and has recently been extended due to demand. This is a unique virtual reality experience with sound effects, digital displays, and diverse media that guides a visitor on a journey that explores the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.

Vincent Willem Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who lived from 1853 to 1890. His works only became famous after his death. His work was prolific, leaving some 2,100 pieces of art, most famous his oil paintings, that he created in the last few years of his life. His most famous pieces are those of landscapes, self-portraits, and still-life paintings. Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum houses his largest collection of his works.

This Immersive Experience can take your mind and senses to the time and works of Van Gogh and you can partake in this artistic adventure throughout August in Seattle. You will find the event at 1750 Occidental Avenue South (Sodo District). The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays. During the week, the first show starts at 10:00 a.m. and on the weekends, 9:00 a.m. There are time slots each half hour. Visitors will need between an hour and an hour and half to enjoy the experience.

Once inside the facility, you can expect to live Van Gogh’s work via cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a new virtual reality experience, along with a magnificent light and sound show. The painter’s most famous piece, “The Starry Night,” is physically a small painting of 30” x 36”. It is housed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But when a visitor enters this extravaganza, the masterpiece reproduces the art across 300,000 cubic feet AND adds animation. This is just one example of how the experience creates a come-to-life gallery that will immerse you in a blend of art and technology. Those who have experienced this exhibit consider it incredible. Allie M. on the website says, “The exhibition is inspiring, transforming and electric. It doesn’t matter that Van Gogh was born on (sic) 1853, because the exhibition makes Van Gogh current, alive, so personal and intimate. I love it!!!”.

Learning to appreciate the formal genre of art can be challenging for some, but heading to Seattle to enjoy this experience will certainly create a positive experience with art. There are many of these experiences and you can probably find one in Portland too if you’d prefer to overnight there, but tickets are available in Seattle throughout August and September.

You can purchase tickets on-line at Adult tickets are $36.00, children $20.00, family pass (2 adults and at least 2 children) $23.00, and seniors, students, or military $25.00.

Learning and immersing yourself in the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh will provide an experience into the world of Post-Impressionist art in a way that no museum can for the untrained eye. Visit Seattle’s SODO district this fall and enjoy the experience!

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