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Museumkaart and reservations

I have decided that the Museumkaart is the best value for my needs. If I understand correctly, online Museumkaart sales are only for residents. So when I get to Amsterdam, I will the need to buy my card. How do I then make reservations for the Anne Frank House and other museums? Are reservations not necessary? I have read that you still need to make a reservations with the Museumkaart because the Anne Frank House is so popular. Can someone help me through the process?

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Last fall we bought our Museumkaarts at the tourist office ("VVV") next to Leidseplein, I think it was the morning after we arrived in Amsterdam. We didn't see the Anne Frank House or try to reserve anywhere, but I'd guess the VVV people could handle that for you.

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No need to make reservations with the Museumkaart. Buy the card at one of the smaller museums that are covered (you can see the complete list online of all museums and historic canal homes that are included and plan to stop at whatever one interests you first).

As for Anne Frank House, It's open fairly late. I was there this past May, had purchased my card at the Tassen Museum Hendrikje earlier in the day and around 6PM went to the Anne Frank House. No line, no waiting, no reservation. Now other times of day, it can be very busy at the Anne Frank House. I walked by there several times since I was staying in the area and mid morning and early afternoon there can definitely be a wait to get in, so if you can plan to go just before opening, or hold off for an evening visit, you may significantly reduce the problem of getting inside quickly. At 6PM, I walked right in and showed my card, got my ticket and went over to the security area for a quick check of my handbag. Other museums (like the Stedelijk) have Museumkaart kiosk machines. You swipe your card, your ticket pops out of the machine and you go straight to the security area where they will take the ticket from you and let you right in.

The Rijksmuseum was one that was hit or miss. I went there a number of times over a 2 week visit as Museumkaart lets you visit as often as you want over the course of a year. Some security guards had no problem if you flashed your Museumkaart and they would let you skip the long entrance line just to get into the building (once inside, there is another line to purchase a ticket if you don't have a Museumkaart - this is the line you can skip completely - just show your card to one of the security guards standing outside the main galleries entrance who will scan it). Others guards outside weren't having it and would make everyone get in the entrance line. So if you go early (or late), you won't have to wait as long outside.

The Van Gogh Museum is open late on Fridays, so if your visit covers a Friday, you might want to put off visiting there until the evening. Again, I showed up at the Van Gogh on 2 separate Fridays right after the Rijksmuseum had closed for the day and my Museumkaart let me go straight inside and avoid the line (once inside, there is a security checkpoint that you have to go through, but it moves pretty quickly).

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We went to Amsterdam this last October and booked a reservation online at the Anne Frank house website several months in advance- there is a place on the website that allows you to make just the reservation for about 1.5 euros each as I recall, in a category where you indicate that you will be using a Museumkaart once you are there. It was very easy. We made a reservation for 9:30 am on a Saturday in October and arrived there @9:15 whereupon they let us in early. We were very glad to have made the reservation ahead of time as even at that time and in Oct. the line was already very long of people waiting to purchase tickets and enter (without a reservation). With the advance reservation they tell you which side entrance to go to for immediate entrance. You will feel very smart for having gotten an advance reservation when you see the poor folks still waiting in line!
We purchased our Museumkaarts at the first museum we visited, which was the Van Gogh Museum on a Friday night when they stay open late. There was a separate entrance for people buying Museumkaarts, and it all went quickly and smoothly. BTW if you should plan to visit the Van Gogh Museum on a Friday night, be aware that they schedule live music - it appears to be quite the happening place for young Amsterdammers- and it is very loud. We rented audio guides which helped drown out the music, but it was quite annoying.
The Museumkaarts are a fabulous item if you plan to visit a number of museums - our cards paid for themselves after the first few museums, as the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum each cost 15 euros and the card itself is only a little over 50. We were in the Netherlands for 6 days and used our cards daily.