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Van Gogh Comes Alive for Limited Time at Discovery Place


Charlotte, NC, USA — Fitting for one of the world’s greatest artists whose masterpieces blazed an exciting new trail for modern art, Van Gogh Alive breaks through all preconceived ideas of a traditional museum visit. The new experience, which has traveled the world and is appearing in the eastern U.S. for the first time, will open at Discovery Place on April 25, 2014.

Heralded in major cities across the world, Van Gogh Alive will allow Discovery Place visitors of all ages to venture into an exciting multi-sensory experience of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and works. A vibrant symphony of light, color and sound, Van Gogh Alive will stimulate the senses and challenge conventional beliefs of what an exhibition can and should be.

Synchronized to a powerful classical score, more than 3,000 Van Gogh images at enormous scale create a display that fills giant screens, walls, columns, ceilings and even the floor. Visitors are immediately immersed in the vibrant colors and vivid details of Van Gogh’s brilliant style. Guests will walk away with an unforgettable experience of the powerful emotional expression Van Gogh intended to deliver through his art.


Huge crystal clear images will illuminate a vast array of surfaces that are specially tailored to Discovery Place’s exhibition space. So real that visitors will want to touch them, the images draw attention to key features of the art and allow people to study Van Gogh’s dramatic use of color and technique. Photographs and video are displayed side by side with Van Gogh’s works to demonstrate the sources of his inspiration.

“We’re thrilled to offer this stunning exploration of Van Gogh’s life and how his genius worked to break through artistic constraints of his day and ultimately ushered in a new era for modern art that we still treasure today,” said John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “This is just the kind of inspiring, imagination-expanding experience that Discovery Place is known for delivering to visitors. It’s a world-class creative experience not to be missed.

Van Gogh Alive will be on exhibition for a limited time only, from April 25 – June 1, 2014. Advance tickets are now on sale. Tickets to the exhibition will be for timed entries, so before making a purchase, visitors will be asked to select the date and time of their visit.

Guests can purchase general admission tickets in one of three ways:

1.    Online at vangoghalive.discoveryplace.orgAfter purchasing tickets online, guests print out a confirmation page. This page must be brought to Will Call at Discovery Place prior to or on the day of the visit.

2.    Via phone at 704.372.6261 x300. Callers can purchase tickets to the exhibition with a credit card and pick them up at Will Call prior to or on the day of their visit.

3.    In person at Discovery Place. Visitors can purchase tickets at Admissions in the Museum during regular Museum hours.


Admission to Van Gogh Alive is $20 for adults (14-59); $18 for children (2-13) or seniors (60+); free for children younger than 2.  All tickets include full day admission to Discovery Place. Discounts are available for Discovery Place Members and for groups of 15 or more. Children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in Discovery Place.

The last timed-entry tickets will be sold for entry 60 minutes prior to Museum closing. During the run of the exhibitions, the Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (last exhibition ticket sold at 3:00 p.m.); 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday (last exhibition ticket sold at 5:00 p.m.); and noon – 5:00 p.m. Sunday(last exhibition ticket sold at 4:00 p.m.).

Visitors can delve more deeply into Van Gogh’s mind and his world through a special presentation in The Charlotte Observer IMAX® Dome Theatre.  Van Gogh: Brush with Genius opens April 25, 2014 giving museum-goers an opportunity to learn about Van Gogh’s life and follow his footsteps through the landscapes that inspired some of the most important works in art history.  Tickets to Van Gogh: Brush with Genius are just $5 when purchased with a Van Gogh Alive admission.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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