Van Gogh Alive

May 17th, 2014


Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings. So, when my mum showed me the video about Van Gogh Alive @ The Discovery Place, I knew we had to check it out.

Tickets for the Exhibit go for $20 and for an addition $5 you can also go see the IMAX film ‘Van Gogh: Brush with Genius.’

The exhibit will be open through June 1st, so if you’re in the Charlotte area I would definitely check it out. You need allow at least 1 hour to go through the exhibit properly, and remember that once you leave the exhibit you can’t go back in, so make sure you’ve seen everything you want to before you leave. We went with the 10:30a slot and the 1:30p for the film.

Note: If you want to leave Discovery Place for lunch (although they have a nice little Community Cafe where you can purchase sandwiches, salads and desserts) you can. Just don’t remove your wristband.

Now for the good part… We arrived a few minutes early to the exhibit (on the 2nd level) and were able to go in right away. The music from the main event could already be heard over the noises of school children playing with the other exhibits just outside. After a brief explanation of what we’d be seeing, we headed into the exhibit.


Van Gogh as a boy...
Van Gogh as a boy…
We were able to see pictures of some of his most famous paintings and little about the artist life surrounding the time that they were painted,
We were able to see pictures of some of his most famous paintings and little about the artist life surrounding the time that they were painted.
One of his self-portraits
One of his self-portraits

Van Gogh had a fascination with the night sky and loved painting it… he also added yellow to most of his paintings because of his love for that particular color.


After listening to the actor (portraying Van Gogh,) we moved on the the Sensory part of the exhibit. It was filled with beautiful pictures and music.

Here are a few of the many pictures I took…

I have two videos to share… They are only a little glimpse of the exhibit, but the experience you have when you see it all first hand is so much greater. You can lay or sit on the floor as well as on some of the benches scattered throughout the exhibit.

With quite a bit of time to burn between the exhibit and the IMAX film, we headed out into the cool Charlotte morning in search our lunch destination… Hazelnut’s Creperie.


If you exit the Gift shop and hang a right… keep going on North Tryon until you run into Hazelnuts (200 S. Tryon) which is right next to McCormick and Schmicks. I’ll write more about Hazelnut’s Creperie on my foodie blog… but here’s a few pictures to tide you over.

Some delicious tea...
Some delicious tea…
Yummy crepes...
Yummy crepes…

We got back to Discovery Place with time to spare… so we looked at some of the fish they had on display…


…and checked out these cupcakes that were created in honor of Van Gogh… Sunflower and Starry Night.

Sunflower Cupcakes
Sunflower Cupcakes
Starry Night
Starry Night

When it neared 1:30p we headed over to the line already forming at the IMAX Theater…


The film was absolutely breathtaking, and gave further insight into the life of Van Gogh… I loved how they had ‘Van Gogh’ be the narrator for the film as if he was watching the film maker through each step of the journey. Definitely worth checking out both the exhibit and the film.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our adventure!



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