COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented amount of fear and uncertainty. When the pandemic started, almost all businesses and recreational activities closed down and came to a halt. But as the weather got warmer and restrictions lifted, many people flocked to COVID-friendly activities and safer alternatives in a socially distanced world. 

And the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit offers just that. 

From “Starry Night” to “Sunflowers,” “Almond Blossom” to Self-Portraits, Vincent Van Gogh’s art has taken over Toronto, capturing the hearts of local and out-of-town art lovers alike.

The exhibit is a captivating audio-visual experience, showcasing the art in video loops and massive moving projections all over the walls and floors. Visitors can also ascend a staircase to a higher vantage point and embrace the art from even closer. It’s like, bit by bit, you’re watching the paintings come to life.

The exhibit takes great care to ensure the health and safety of all staff members and visitors. Guests must stay within socially distanced circles on the ground, with each circle only allowing the people from one party at a time. Tickets are available in one-hour time slots so that no one is in the area for too long. 

Upon entering the building, patrons greet employees at sanitizing stations, who then provide clear instructions for proper social distancing and mask use. People are limited to five minutes at a time on the staircase and platform, to ensure the safety of everyone. Finally, the exhibit has a drive-in option for those who may not feel comfortable walking around inside.

Just outside the main exhibit, there’s a café serving éclairs decorated with Van Gogh’s face, among other delicious-smelling desserts and coffee items.  

At the end of the exhibit, there’s an even more interactive experience awaiting guests. Here, people get the chance to paint their own Van Gogh-themed t-shirts. All paints, easels, and shirts are provided, including template options (Note that this activity isn’t included in the ticket price).

The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is an enthralling event for anyone looking to explore downtown Toronto. You’ll learn more about the infamous Dutch impressionist and, through facts, pictures, and projections, see his art come to life.

It’s a truly unique experience for both art fanatics and families alike. Although the tickets land on the higher end of the price range, for anyone who seeks a fun outing during the fall, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is an excellent option.

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