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Anne Frank Huis - evening time slot?

Hi everyone:
Is it possible, once the renovations are completed in May, to order online tickets with an EVENING time slot? Say, 6pm? Or are time slots offered only until 3:30 (and only first-come first served after 3:30). I’m visiting mid-June.
Thank you for the tip!

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When we were there last July, reservations were only for the morning and early afternoon. I don't remember the exact time (it was around that 3:30 time) that reservations are no longer accepted. NO time slots were sold for after that time and the evening--it was first come-first served after that. We attended at 2:30 with a reservation, and the line for "no reservation" admission was VERY long. Some others in our group who didn't have tickets asked how long the wait would be based on the length of the line, and the steward said 2.5 to 3 hours after they start admitting the people with no reservations. They decided not to wait and completely missed seeing it. A little advance planning is well worth it in this case! Check out the official website for details, and reserve THE DAY tickets go on sale for the date of your visit in July. Get up in the night if you have to! Tickets will likely sell out that day, or for certain by the next day.

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It looks like the museum is open 1 April to 1 November:
Daily 9:00 to 22:00. Ticket times run from 09:00 to 20:45. I'm guessing that prior to 1 April when there are no later tickets available, it's because of the earlier closing times. After that, they are sold out.

Using 1 March as an example, there are lots of tickets available for the early morning time slots. Using 24 April, 2 months from today, there are some tickets available in the afternoon up to 17:45.

I think the website is very confusing. So I just messed around with the ticket buying page. If you go there, the results may be different by the time you do it. I'm going to try it after midnight Amsterdam time to see if that's when the day changes for their website.

Thank you so much for asking this question. I'm planning for either an early or late June visit. Of course right now is too early to get online tickets for those dates. I'm guessing that you might be able to see your mid-June date the same day in April.

I'll certainly be checking my early June date on the same day in April. It appears that the available dates and times for the 30 Minute Program + Museum Visit are much more complicated, so I may have a steeper learning curve.

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There are evening time slot options available (for example, for March 2nd there are options from 9:00 to 21:00 and their opening times for that day is listed from 9:00-22:00 but just noting that only morning tickets are now available). With that said, it appears that the museum releases their tickets in waves, so initially the times available may be the afternoon, and then morning options show up. Not sure when the evening options become available. I find this very stressful! We preferred to go in the morning, however, when our day became available, only afternoon options existed, and then I got worried that if I tested my theory and waited for the morning releases (checking daily), all may be sold out and we'd miss going. I settled for 2pm.

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Thanks for your insight, everyone. I think the current renovations with its “time-slot” only tickets are throwing me for a loop since they are offering them through closing time.

I will check for my June visit mid-April. I’ll bet the tickets will be back to morning - 3:30 by then, since they will be finished with reno. I can’t see standing in line 3 hours during my short 3 night stay. I’ll be waiting by my computer at the stroke of “midnight” (3 pm for me out west!).

Good luck to everyone for your preferred times :)

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Shawn, please post what you find out when you do make your reservations. We are going in late July after the RS Scandinavian tour and our lodging for our stay is a Houseboat across the canal from the Anne Frank House. I am looking at July 15th for my tour so May 15th is my date to try and book.

Good Luck and Enjoy Amsterdam!

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Shawn, please post what you find out when you do make your reservations. We are going in late July after the RS Scandinavian tour and our lodging for our stay is a Houseboat across the canal from the Anne Frank House. I am looking at July 15th for my tour so May 15th is my date to try and book.

Good Luck and Enjoy Amsterdam!

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@Mark G--Since you are on the West Coast, mark you calendar for the evening of May 14th and start checking the website at 11 p.m. Pacific time, which is 8 a.m. in Amsterdam. They might not be released right away--so check back every five minutes or so. The tickets go fast, so it's worth staying up late to do this.

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With construction due to end May 1, I presume they will begin to offer walk-up tickets again. So, I’ll check March 1 or 2 to see if evening time slots are available in advance for May 1/2. Or, only advance tickets up until 3:30. Thanks again! I’ll post my findings for us all. :)

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I just bought my tickets online today, and noticed they changed the “online tickets only” from May 1st to June 1st. They had evening slots available for May 1st.

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Oh yes I saw they’ve extended the online tix only date by a month, for the renovations. Thanks for the update and enjoy your visit!

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My husband & I went last July (before the renovations) & we did the 30 minute lecture then toured the house. This was a great option for us because we did not know we were going to Amsterdam prior to the 8 weeks for purchasing tickets online ( business trip for my husband & I tagged along). We went to the 9:30 AM lecture & our small group joined the rest of the people touring the building.

The actual tour was very crowded; it was difficult to see the displays in the different rooms & there was a lot of waiting in line to go from room to room or go up & down stairs. This could be intentional to point out the close living quarters of the attic or (more likely) the high demand of tourists & the need to move people through. For me, the lecture brought a high value to the whole experience.

If I were to go again, I would go in the evening & check on Google to see what day/time the attendance is lower. Good luck & I hope your plans work out. I’m glad I was able to go - even with the crowds.

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Hi everyone; the construction has extended into June, so they are requiring everyone to purchase tickets online, including morning and evening visits. I ended up choosing early morning to that we can venture into the countryside in the afternoon/evening.
Enjoy your trips!!