Art Institute offers $10 a night stays in replica of Van Gogh's most famous bedroom painting

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Art Institute of Chicago has listed Van Gogh's bedroom on Airbnb for $10 a night.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Art Institute of Chicago is offering $10 per night stays through Airbnb in a room painted to look like the most famous of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom paintings to coincide with their new exhibit.

The recreated room is located a one-bedroom apartment in a residential building at State and Grand in River North. There is also a recreation of the bedroom in the Van Gogh exhibit.

The museum announced February dates are now open on their Facebook page. The room is painted to look like the painting "Bedroom in Arles" from 1888. The painting depicts Van Gogh's bedroom in the French home known as his Yellow House.

The Airbnb listing is written as if Van Gogh himself is renting the room. "This room will make you feel like you're living in a painting," it says. "It's decorated in a Post-Impressionist style, reminiscent of Southern France and times gone by."

The room can accommodate two, has one bedroom, one bed and one bathroom. Check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m. As for the $10 price tag, the listing says, "I'm charging $10 for no other reason than that I need to buy paint. However, I will be happy to provide you with tickets to my exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago."

Everyone who stays in the room will receive tickets to the exhibit.

"We're hoping that people who stay in the room will be inspired by their surroundings to share that experience through social media," says Amanda Hicks of the Art Institute. "We have a hope that everyone who stays there will all be inspired by the experience to them come to the museum and see a more nuanced and deeper look at Van Gogh's life in France."

"Van Gogh's Bedrooms" opens at the Art Institute on Feb. 14 and runs through May 10. The Van Gogh room will be available for Airbnb rental for the duration of the exhibition.