Step inside the humble attic room of the Maison de Van Gogh and it’s almost impossible to imagine it as the final address of one of the world’s greatest artists. But it was right here, in Room N°5 of the Auberge Ravoux that the post-impressionist painter was found dead of a gunshot wound on 29 July 1890. Today, the guesthouse is better known as the ‘Maison de Van Gogh’ and is preserved as a museum in his memory.
Visitors can explore the historic inn, restored in 19th-century style, and learn about the short yet prolific period that Van Gogh spent there, staying a mere 70 days but creating over 80 paintings and 64 sketches during his stay. The highlight is, of course, the chance to peek inside Van Gogh’s room and it’s a haunting space, with its single window, oil-lamp and sparse furnishings recreated as they were at the time of the artist’s suicide.
Maison de Van Gogh is located on Rue du Général de Gaulle in Auvers-sur-Oise, around 30km northwest of Paris. The house museum is open between March and October, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, and admission is €6.