An acquaintance went into the "same day" online booking option at 3 minutes past 9 am. They hold back 200 tickets, apparently. Yet she was # 1600 and missed visiting the site. So pre-booking is essential!
Yes, just go to the official website and follow the procedure for booking a timed entry. No problem if you're not trying to do it at the last minute, should do at the 3 month window edge or soon thereafter, don't wait until the last minute.
Definitely - it is one of the best things I have experienced in all of Europe. I think everyone should go through the Anne Frank House and tour a Concentration Camp. We got our tickets online several months in advance.
Yes, at the B&B we stayed at in Amsterdam, I watched two mornings in a row two ladies from the UK trying to get the same day Ann Frank tickets. They got onto the site and were something like number 500 or 700 . When they finally got through to purchase a ticket, (I assume some people drop out) they were unable to select the tickets because the I-pad would not go to the next screen. the internet speed was also a problem. They were disappointed every morning. When they asked us about it, we told them we had purchased our tickets two months ahead in the middle of the night. So yes, booking two months ahead is essential if you don't want to be disappointed.
I logged on a few minutes before 9 am and was number 900-something. The site says if you are over 200, it's not worth hanging around, because the tickets will likely be sold out. But I left my phone on the page, and it auto-refreshes every 30 seconds or so, my number slowly dropping down to about 400. Then it refreshed saying it was sold out that day, and dropped me back to the calendar page. The next open day was in 3 weeks...but also the next day! There were 4 tickets available for 8:15pm the next day, I grabbed two of them, got the e-ticket voucher, and considered myself very, very lucky when my fiancee and I took our visit the following day.
Best to book this sight at the 3 month window edge for timed entry. Avoid these other problems.
Agreed, it's probably rare good luck to get in at the last minute. We booked 8 weeks in advance and were so glad as it was an excellent, informative site.
According to the official website- tickets are made available 2 months ahead of time (not 3)
Online ticket sales
80% of tickets are released exactly two months in advance at 12:00 hours (Amsterdam time/CET), 20% on the day itself. Every day at 9:00 hours (Amsterdam time/CET), the tickets for the day are made available on this site.
Thanks for the reminder-I was surprised some people earlier in the thread mentioned 3 months' advance booking, since it is actually 8 weeks, no more.
I am currently in Amsterdam and have gone on the site every day for the last week to purchase a ticket. Although the website says tickets are available at 9 am, and employees at the museum confirm the time, I suspect they go on sale earlier as they're generally gone by 9 a.m. - and as early as 8:30. Wished I would have thought to book in advance. In lieu of getting in, there are some well made videos and information on their website. Some consolation, if getting in isn't possible, though clearly, not the same.
Just an addendum. Based on someone else's post, I checked the museum's website several times a day and found a few different time slots open, and happy to say I will be going on Saturday. So - the key is to keep trying. For some strange reason, the openings seem to appear more regularly when using my phone to search than when using my computer; even though I was on both at the same time.