Preserved in Its original state
It looks like a movie set, and yet at the Auberge Ravoux, the only place where the painter lived, preserved in its original state, everything is authentic. With its facade with white shutters and its original sign, unchanged since 1876, this friendly inn in Auvers-sur-Oise, 30 km from Paris, plunges you into an atmosphere typical of the end of the 19th century. This is where Van Gogh settled when he arrived in Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890, returning from the south of France where he was interned. The painter will create more than 80 works there during the last 70 days of his life. His room, number 5 located in the attic, where time seems to have stood still, vibrates more than ever with the soul of its most famous resident.
A historical monument
This site, classified as a historical monument, is today the only house where Van Gogh lived preserved in its original state. A place of memory, Van Gogh’s House is also a place of life: today as in 1890, the dining room welcomes guests from all over the world in the warm and authentic atmosphere of the artists’ cafés of yesteryear. Vincent van Gogh only spent 70 days in Auvers-sur-Oise. This short stay was however extraordinarily prolific, since this picturesque site, its inhabitants and its surroundings inspired him nearly 80 works, of which we find an evocation today in the son of the alleys of the village. In an adjoining room, a film traces the artist’s stay in Auvers through his paintings, excerpts from his correspondence and period photographs.
Access and contacts
52 rue du General de Gaulle 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise • 01 30 36 60 60 • http://www.maisondevangogh.fr
Opening days and hours :
From 06/04 to 30⁄10 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Visit from Wednesday to Sunday: – from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. (last guided tour departs at 12.15 p.m.) – from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (last guided tour leaves at 6 p.m.) Between 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., the visit is exclusively reserved for members of the Club and the Circle of Friends of the House of Van Gogh.