25 Ways to Experience Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Celebrate the artist and explore even more in Jacksonville.
It’s the perfect time to explore all that Jacksonville has to offer — and there’s no shortage of things to do! From miles of beaches to must-visit museums, the city has so much going on. It can be hard to narrow down your options. With a little planning, though, you can turn a one-off trip into an unforgettable adventure.
If you’re planning a visit to Jacksonville this fall to see the imminently Instagrammable Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, you’re in luck — we’ve put together a list of all the ways you can enjoy all things Van Gogh (and extend your experience with local favorites) right here in Jax this fall.
Of course, you need to start with a stop at the newly opened NoCo Center to experience the incredible title exhibit – Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. This one-of-a-kind experience has sold more than 4 million tickets worldwide and explores more than 300 of Van Gogh’s most famous works in the exceptional 3D display, bringing the 19th century artist's work to life. The show has extended its stay through February 2023, but tickets are selling fast – book yours today.
Arrive early or stay late for a delicious cocktail from Regard Libations or a yummy bite from a local food truck parked just outside of the venue. Moving on to explore Downtown? Purchase a latte from Vagabond Coffee as you head out of the experience. The delicious local purveyor of caffeine will be on site in the venue throughout the run of the show.
Next, you’ll want to enjoy some local food and beverages.
Show your admission email to enjoy $1 off any beer at Historically Hoppy Brewing
Once you’ve seen Van Gogh’s Starry Night come to life, take in the rest of the stars at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH). Several planetarium shows are presented every week –– so “Gogh” see projections similar to what inspired his arguably most iconic painting!
Top off your evening with a Starry Night cocktail and view of the stars on the beautiful rooftop of Cowford Chophouse.
Looking for a sweet way to extend your experience? Head over to Icecapade Frozen Treats for an artisanal ice pop.
Show your admission email for 10% off your purchase.
Inspired to indulge in another cultural experience? Head to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Did you know Van Gogh painted mostly “en plein air”? Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful, historic gardens and get inspired to create your own masterpiece.
Hungry for more? Enjoy New Orleans-style Snoballs and favorite eats from Nola’s at Main Street Food Park.
Ticket holders will receive 10% off all food and beverage purchases.
End your day at Town Hall with a sweet treat. Their prix-fixe menu features a Sunflowers cocktail and poached pear dessert –– both sure to soothe your sweet tooth.
Looking for another sugary fix? Head over to Sweet Pete’s for their Van Dough Milkshake — a delicious sugar cookie dough shake with starry night frosting swirls, celestial gummies, sprinkles and chocolate ribbons, all topped off with a chocolate ear lollipop.
Marvel at the stars from Estrella Cocina’s rooftop while you try three new “Beyond Van Gogh” cocktails, including the “Starry Night,” “Café Terrace at Night,” and “Margarita Crème de Ciel.”
Bonus: ticket holders who make a reservation with Resy will enjoy 10% off their food purchase.
The Bread & Burger has hungry diners covered with extended hours Wednesday through Sunday in celebration of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. The eatery will stay open from 5 - 8 p.m. and offer its full family-friendly burger, sandwich and hot dog menus. Beer, wine, specialty cocktails and delicious milkshakes (including the “Moons & Stars Milkshake,” spun with vanilla ice cream, white chocolatey blue swirls and Dutch chocolate liqueur) will be available as well. Enjoy live music during your breezeway dining experience.
Indulge in a complimentary small fry with purchase of regular burger, or large fry with two or more burgers. Ticket holders can enjoy 10% off your purchase.
Grab a “Starry Night” brew, a British Golden Ale with edible glitter, at Hyperion Brewing. The brew, inspired by Van Gogh’s wheat field paintings, will be available as supplies last.
Enjoy 10% off at Wafaa and Mike’s in Springfield — before or after a showing, this Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Springfield is a hit.
📷: Wafaa and Mike's
Grab some friends and head over to Stumpy’s Hatchet House.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience ticket holders will receive 15% off their session — just be sure to watch your ears.
Looking for a place to relax? Head over to Intuition Ale Works and enjoy $1 off your beer purchase.
If you’re looking for more charming vibes, head on over to The Bread & Board for a delicious meal, complete with a twinkling, starlit canopy ceiling. The Downtown eatery is offering a special indoor “Picnic Board,” incorporating the best of the restaurant’s house meat, Dutch cheese and pickle boards and finished with a special Dutch Chocolademousse. Craving something else?
Enjoy 10% off any other food items with a BVG ticket.
While you’re there, be sure to try a “Starry Night Seltzer,” a Blue Raspberry Hard Seltzer brewed with dreamy clouds of gold swirls. This delicious concoction is a collaboration with Aardwolf Brewing Company, The Bread & Board and Alewife Bottle Shop and Tasting Room.
Need a sweet treat? Dreamette Springfield is offering 15% off its delicious ice cream creations for all Beyond Van Gogh ticket holders.
Once you’ve seen the best of the 19th century art, head over to MOCA and explore the beauty of contemporary work — and see if you can spot Van Gogh’s influence in some of today’s most captivating artists.
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at 1748 Bakehouse (and don’t forget to take home a delicious baked good for later, trust us).
Ticket holders receive 10% off their purchase.
Beat the heat with a delicious ice cream treat from Springfield Scoops.
Ticket holders receive 10% off.
Need a coffee pick-me-up? Grab a “Van Gogh” latte from Social Grounds Coffee Roasters in Historic Springfield.
Catch a show at any of our great venues downtown. See a full list of events and filter by the downtown area.
Need another reason to “Gogh” Downtown? Bellwether is featuring a Van Gogh inspired Prix-Fixe menu, including a delicious Almond Blossom Entremet for dessert. Gogh on and reserve your table now.
And if you’re still hungry for more, there are rotating food trucks just outside the NoCo Center, as well as beverages by Regard Libations and even more options every weekday at nearby James Weldon Johnson Park.
There you have it, 25 wonderful ways to explore Jacksonville and enjoy even more Van Gogh this fall. Now the important question — which will you choose?