Thinking about visiting the new Van Gogh Experience in Scottsdale with the kids? More information is below, as well as some thoughts.
The experience consists of a 30-35 minute show, combining music and Van Gogh’s art, projected on four walls, a real 360• experience. There are two rooms to view the show. Some chairs are provided, but most visitors sit on the floor. You are welcome to stay as long as you like. We were done in an hour.
Also included: a black and white light tunnel to walk through, a side room with replicas of Van Gogh’s letters, and a gift shop. There are no original paintings on display. And note that while well done, the show is an artist’s interpretation of Van Gogh’s work. Think virtual art. A virtual art show with no theme…other than based on Van Gogh.
Is it kid-friendly? Depends. Younger children may be mesmerized by the movement and love it, or may be completely bored, and too vocal. While the music is often loud, it is not enough to cover child chatter. Walking around would be possibly distracting for others as well. Our visit was just with our 10-year-old for all these reasons. We think it’s best for ages 8 and up.
Van Gogh Experience in Scottsdale With Kids
Read up on Van Gogh’s life and works before going. It gives context to what you’ll see. And then you’ll recognize some of the illustrations! This helped our 10-year-old, and as a budding artist, she enjoyed the experience.
Pricing for the Van Gogh Experience in Scottsdale is as follows: Children ages 6-16 are $30/person (under 6 free). Adult tickets are $40-$80/person. This does not include the booking fees and taxes. So, not the cheapest art experience. Masks are required. Dates are available through November 28, 2021, with times from 10 am-9 pm. Note, this exhibit has now been extended through April 2022.
More information can be found on the website. The exhibit is located at 4301 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Corner of N. Scottsdale Road and E 5th Avenue).
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