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Beyond Van Gogh



This past weekend we went to see the Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience exhibit in Buffalo, NY (located in a large tent set up in the parking lot of the Eastern Hills Mall). It takes about an hour to drive there, and was well worth it. The show is truly breathtaking, and I highly recommend going if you can. And if you don't live in upstate NY, no problem! There are shows all over the country.


The show takes about one hour to wander through, though you can stay as long as you like. It is made up of three rooms. The first room acclimates guests to the dark setting with brightly lit and colorful, but static, displays with information about Van Gogh's life and art. Room two introduces the use of movement - a beautiful light show on one wall and on the floor with flowing, abstract shapes.


The third and final room is the showstopper. As it says on the website, it is an "imaginative and immersive presentation [using] cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Van Gogh." That's a kind of sterile way to say the third room fully immerses you into the artworks of Van Gogh and makes you truly feel like you are IN them. But it's better to show than to explain!

Room 1


Room 2



Final Room








Additional info: Plenty of parking, wheelchair accessible, must wear a mask. There is music playing throughout, but you do not need to be able to hear it in order to fully appreciate the exhibit (i.e., Deaf-friendly). The "program" in the final room runs for 30 minutes (then repeats), but you can stay in any room for as long as you like.


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