My most recent experience and newest recommendation is the Van Gogh Immersive Experience that has been popping up around the country. This exhibit is the latest way to showcase art with the main event being a giant room where the walls are covered in projections in order to make you feel like part of the painting.
After learning that it was coming to Atlanta, I immediately bought tickets. Not really knowing what to expect, I was a little worried that the tickets I just paid for were not going to be worth it. Is sitting in a room full of projectors really going to be all that great? Well, after a long wait, it was finally my turn to go, and it was even more than I expected it to be.
Here is what the experience had to offer:
After continuing to walk through, you enter the first kind of zone in the building which is a more educational experience. All of the walls are covered in copies of Van Gogh’s work, insight into his life and his paintings, and different kinds of animations and videos.
There is also a replica of the room he painted and lived in for a few years in southern France. You are actually able to step in the room yourself and get a glimpse of what inspired Van Gogh during his stay at The Yellow House.
After you feel like you’ve learned all there is to learn, it is time to step into the main attraction. Walking into the massive room honestly felt unreal. I was not expecting the room to be as large as it was, and the projections matched with the classical music were beautiful. The “show” lasts for 30 or so minutes and continues to play on a loop, so you can watch it as many times as you want. It cycles through some of his most famous and colorful art as well as some of his darker pieces and self portraits. No matter what is being shown at the moment, the music compliments it perfectly. I probably could have sat in there for hours if parking was free.
If you would like to see video of the Exhibit, you can view the Tik Tok I made here: vm.tiktok.com/ZMd3934x5/
When you decide that you have spent enough time there, you can move on to the next zone which is where you can either color some Van Gogh inspired coloring sheets or pay to experience his paintings in VR. My boyfriend and I chose to pass on the VR, but we really enjoyed having some time to color. It had been so long since I colored, especially with crayons, so it was a really fun and nostalgic time.
After you are done coloring, you exit through the gift shop of course, and if you are not wanting any merch, then you are truly done with the experience. However, I chose to buy a Sunflower postcard to add to my postcard collection. There is also a photo booth where you can take a picture in front of a green screen, putting you inside of a Van Gogh painting of your choice.
Overall, I can definitely say that the Van Gogh experience was worth the money to me, and it was especially a great date night idea. It was something I had never done before as well as a great educational opportunity. I would recommend buying tickets before it leaves Atlanta or the city closest to you.