The Van Gogh Museum is an unimpressive building with a very impressive collection of his work. The Times notes that when built in 1973, it was expected to attract 60,000 visitors per year. By 1997 it was drawing a million and closed for a period for redesign and expansion.
The paintings I found engaging in person included “Apples” (1887), “Branches with Almond Blossom” (1890), “Wheatfield With Reaper” (1889), and “Wheatfield With Crows” (1890). Seen in person “Crows” feels like a suicide note, although the museum says it is unclear whether it was in fact Van Gogh’s last painting.