Van Gogh Alive has been experienced by over 8 million people across 70 cities worldwide. It comes to MediaCity for an exclusive 3-month run only. Demand is high, so purchasing tickets for your preferred date and time slot now is advised.
Prepare to transcend time and space as you accompany Van Gogh on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces. Set to an evocative classical score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface that surrounds you in what has been described as an "unforgettable multi-sensory experience".
Traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation are forgotten as you find yourself interacting with art in ways you have never imagined. From start to finish, you will be surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance as you wander around the exhibition and absorb it from every possible angle. Van Gogh's masterpieces come to life, giving you the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational.
At Van Gogh Alive you don't just look at his paintings, you step inside them and feel their power.
Van Gogh Alive is generally open from 10:00am until 18:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday and 10:00am – 21:00pm on Friday and Saturday (other than some dates over the Christmas period). On certain dates, additional visiting slots may be added outside of these times, whilst some visiting slots within these times may be removed, dependent on demand.
Van Gogh Alive MediaCityUK is located on The Piazza of MediaCityUK in Salford. The full address is MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2NT. There are many public transport options to choose from.
Van Gogh Alive is not an art exhibition in the traditional sense. It is an immersive multimedia art experience which combines high definition projections of Van Gogh's paintings with digital surround sound. Imagery and animations are projected at a scale that offers visitors the ability to see the details of the artists work like never before. More than 3,000 images transform each surface.
We encourage you to move around freely to view the experience from different perspectives, always mindful of other visitors in the venue.
Developed by Grande Exhibitions, SENSORY4™ is a unique technological system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to provide one of the most exciting multi-screen environments in the world.
Your ticket is valid for entry up to 30 minutes after the timeslot that you have booked, so please feel free to arrive anytime within that window. Due to the popularity of the experience we may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive later than your ticket session.
Individual visit times will vary, but most visitors can anticipate spending 60 – 90 minutes. The main feature of the exhibition lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Yes, the exhibition has been designed to appeal to all ages. There is no minimum age to visit the exhibition. Children under 5 years old are admitted FREE of charge when accompanied by an Adult. They still need a ticket so we can manage numbers safely. Child tickets (aged 5-16) start from just £12.50.
Yes, the venue is suitable for strollers and is wheelchair accessible.
Yes, you are more than welcome to take photos and videos inside the experience. Please be considerate of other visitors when taking photos. When posting images and comments on social media, please use the hashtag #vangoghalivemediacity so more people can see the exhibition through your eyes. Please be advised that flash photography is not permitted inside the SENSORY4™ gallery.
There is an array of delicious cafes, bars and restaurants located at MediaCity all of which are within walking distance to the experience. No outside food or beverage will be allowed inside the venue.
No cloakroom will be provided so all bags and items must be carried with you inside the exhibition. We therefore recommend bringing small, easy to carry bags.
Yes we strongly recommend you book tickets online in advance of your visit. To ensure a comfortable and safe visit for all visitors, access to the experience is by timed entry. Once inside, you can enjoy Van Gogh Alive at your leisure keeping mindful of COVID-aware considerations.
Group bookings - booking fees do not apply.
Tickets are purchased for a specific time slot and will not be valid for entry on another day or time. This is required so we can ensure a limited number of visitors within the venue, and to offer you the most memorable and safe experience. We cannot guarantee access to the experience outside the hours indicated on your ticket.
The Van Gogh Alive Experience is accessible for wheelchair users - however no wheelchairs are available to loan to visitors. Access tickets will be sold at a concession rate and carer tickets are free of charge.