Due to renovations taking place at the house between now and May 1st 2018, anyone planning to visit before May will need to purchase an online ticket with a time slot in advance.
How to get tickets for the Anne Frank House
Booking in advance
It has become insanely difficult to get tickets for the Anne Frank House due to its extraordinary and enduring popularity (and of course its extremely small size). As of last year anyone visiting before mid-afternoon must have a pre-booked ticket for a specific time slot. Tickets go on sale exactly 2 months in advance and go in the blink of an eye, and unless you’ve been incredibly organised and managed to book online you can end up queuing from mid afternoon for up to 3 hours.
Assuming you haven’t logged on exactly 2 months ahead of your desired date, it is still definitely worth trying the website repeatedly from about a week before you want to go. Tickets do become available. Midweek tickets tend to be easier to get hold of than weekend ones.
Failing that, the information below could be extremely useful:
This info is not widely advertised and kept extremely quiet not least by the Anne Frank House itself. Make sure you get online just before these times as even these tickets disappear in a flash and can sometimes be available 10 minutes before the advertised slot or up to 10 minutes after.
The website for ticket booking is here
Booking once in Amsterdam
If you fail to secure any before arriving in Amsterdam, another option is to try the tourist centres such as the one opposite Central Station which often have availability and only charge €1 on top of the list price.
Perhaps best of all is the suggestion below:
On the day
From 3:30 PM until closing time (up to 10 PM in Summer) you can visit the Anne Frank House without an online ticket and buy a ticket at the entrance however people start queuing from about 2 PM for this and as a result, mid-afternoon has become completely nightmarish with people queueing round the streets for hours.
The best advice if you don’t have a ticket, is to go LATE, after 7.30 PM or even later, say after dinner, which is about the only time the line dies down. If you head there at 9PM chances are you will walk straight in and avoid the chaos which can surround this sensitive and important place at peak times.
As someone on the wonderful Amsterdam Mamas group commented:
Tourists go early. Locals go late. Do as locals do.
Is it ok to take kids to the Anne Frank House and what age is it suitable from?
This is a question I get asked quite a lot. My boys are 7 and 8 and I haven’t taken them to the house yet as I want them to be at an age where they can read the book first and understand the implications of what happened rather than seeing it like just another museum. That said, I appreciate we go often so we have lots of opportunities, whereas you might be visiting Amsterdam on a special trip, you might like to include it.
The house is terribly small and crowded, many people say overcrowded, and with the noise and hustle it can risk losing the meaning and dignity as visitors come to tick it off a must-see list.
If you do decide to take children, The Anne Frank Trust suggest it is suitable from the age of 10. For younger children they advise skipping the first film which has images from concentration camps. If you want to prepare them beforehand by talking about Anne and what happened, they offer some really good resources as a place to start:
I would also recommend exploring more about Jewish Amsterdam to understand the context of the story. Lots of information on my Jewish Amsterdam blog post here.
As the house is so small, it is not accessible for prams which can be left (completely empty with no bags or luggage) by the information desk in the central hall. There are baby changing facilitates in the ladies and disabled toilets.