Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story projections of the artist’s most compelling works. It’s a pretty impressive set up. It’s also hugely popular.
What it’s not, however, is an ideal set up for visitors with autism. The Boy was overwhelmed within 10 minutes and I spent the remaining time of our visit, around 20 minutes, holding him in a bearhug as we worked our way through to the exit.
The problem for The Boy was the level of the accompanying music – simply too loud for him in an enclosed space. The problem for me was, because of the low lighting, the ability to find a staff member who could help us leave was all but impossible.
The Boy and I agreed that the next time we feel the urge to look at the works of Van Gogh, we’ll go back to Amsterdam.