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Do you need to reserve tickets in advance to Anne Frank House?

My husband and I will be in Amsterdam in late October. Is it necessary to reserve Anne Frank House tickets in advance, or can we go spontaneously?

Posted by
8995 posts

There are long lines throughout the day. It's open quite late, so if you go a couple hours before it closes you can typically walk right in. If you want to visit any earlier reservations are essential to avoid the lines....even in October.

Posted by
2081 posts

Heidi, Ive tried to visit it 2x recently w/o reserved tickets and no go. Or i should say, wait in a line around the block and you could probably get in. Amsterdam (AMS) is my hub so im in no hurry to get in. there are other things that will keep me busy. you can try do the wing it, and see what up. worse case go drop by the chocolate shop down the street. happy trails.

Posted by
2023 posts

I think you can order the tics online-that is what we did for the Rijks Museum. We were in Amsterdam recently and walked past the AF House and the line to get in was extremely long. We had seen the museum previously (10 yrs ago) and there was no such line back then. It may be the most visited site in A'dam.

Posted by
2297 posts

The Anne Frank house is quite small. Remember, it was not built as a musuem originally. And it is very popular with school classes. As a result, it fills up quite quickly and line-ups are very unpredictable. Would definitely recommend a reservation.

Posted by
1834 posts

If you don't want to tackle the long line at the Anne Frank House but are interested in WWII happenings in Netherlands you might consider the Dutch Resistance Museum. There isn't any line and his has some information about Anne Frank. It is one of the most well done museums we have ever visited.

Posted by
655 posts

We were there about three years ago. We ordered them online and printed them at home. That done, when you get there look for a door just to the left of the regular entrance. It is a very special place - try not to miss it.

Posted by
8857 posts

I've been there twice. The first time it wasn't possible to make reservations in advance. We had to stand in a long line in the rain in order to get in. The second time we made reservations in advance, printing the tickets at home. It was so much easier doing the reservation!

Posted by
1780 posts

Hi Heidi, yes, it's a good idea to get advance tickets for the Anne Frank House. Second the recommendation for the Dutch Resistance Museum, very comprehensive and not at all crowded when I was there a few months ago. The Van Gogh Museum was also very good. Riks Museum was a zoo - we visited one day and tried to return for a peek the second day - no go - lines were crazy long even for pass-holders. Get advance tickets if you can and have a great time!

Posted by
79 posts

Thanks, everyone. It sounds like a quorum. I will get tickets ahead of time.