Van Gogh The Immersive Experience
As the pandemic marches on, something new and different to look forward to likely sounds appealing to your family. Will a surround-style art "experience" taking place in September fit the bill for your crew? You'll have to decide.
Tickets to the Seattle run of "Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" go on sale today, March 10, at noon, for shows scheduled in September and October of this year. (Presale tickets for those who signed up for the "wait list" went on sale yesterday.)
You might have seen ads for this show on social media. Promoters seem to be on a bit of a blitz. Does that mean this experience will be an engaging and worthwhile splurge for your fam? We'll try to give you the essential info here to help you figure that out.
First, one note of caution. While the Van Gogh show we're describing here is the one coming to Seattle, there is a competing show that's traveling to other cities, and similar names have caused some confusion. The other show is called "Immersive Van Gogh." Easy to see the reason for the confusion. (The link is for this show's upcoming stop in Los Angeles.)
A little bit more digging reveals that there are actually at least five competing Van Gogh exhibits, with the artist's works now in the public domain. "Van Gogh Alive" is at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida; "Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition" is at the Vancouver Convention Centre; and "Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience" is showing next month at Miami's Ice Palace Studios.
"Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" is the only one with a scheduled stop in Seattle, at least that's been announced.
Van Gogh info for families:
What: "Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" promises 360-degree projections of artist Vincent Van Gogh's famous works on walls surrounding where guests will sit. There's light, music and movement, which distinguishes the experience from looking at still paintings in a museum.
When: Seattle dates are in the fall of 2021.
Where: Organizers say the show will take place indoors at a "central Seattle location," but the specific venue has yet to be announced.
Age recommendation: All ages
Cost: Weekday tickets start at $36 for adults and teens ages 13 and older, and $19.90 for kids ages 4–12. Tots ages 3 and younger enter free. Weekend tickets start at $44.90 for adults and teens, and $22.90 for kids. A family pass covering two adults and two children offers a small cost savings. Tickets are timed-entry. (More on VIP tickets below.)
Duration: Organizers say guests should plan to spend an hour to an hour and 15 minutes viewing the show.
Safety: Masks and distancing are required and capacity inside the show is limited. Read more about safety protocols on the website.
VIP tickets: Extra-pricey VIP tickets include entry into a separate virtual reality experience (and a skip to the front of the line for it — along with everyone else who bought the VIP tix) and a poster. VIP tickets cost about $20 on top of regular weekday or weekend pricing.
Virtual reality: Purchase VIP tix for front-of-the-line access to a 10-minute virtual reality experience at the end of the show. (You can also purchase on site if you booked regular tickets.) The VR experience guides you through how Vincent Van Gogh found inspiration for some of his most famous works, including Starry Night.
Accessibility: The show is fully accessible. Contact organizers with additional accessibility questions.
Facilities: Restrooms available.