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If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, visiting the Anne Frank House should be at the top of your list. However, obtaining tickets to the Anne Frank House can prove to be challenging. It is a small museum, and the number of tickets are therefore limited. This blog post covers the best way to get Anne Frank House tickets, and how you can (likely) still get them even if they’re sold out.

Many people don’t realize that getting tickets to the Anne Frank House is essentially an extreme sport. I was one of those people. You can’t imagine my excitement as I was going online to buy my tickets and then my immediate horror and disappointment when I learned they were sold out every day that I would be in Amsterdam.

That is…until I discovered this secret to getting tickets to the Anne Frank House even when the day is marked as “sold out.” And now, I’m going to show you, too!

Who Was Anne Frank?

Anne Frank, along with her family and four others, hid in concealed rooms above her father’s business in Amsterdam during World War II. She referred to their hiding place as the “Annex.” For over two years, they lived in secrecy, fearing Nazi persecution as Jews.

Anne documented daily life and aspirations in her diary until that fateful day in 1944 when the family’s hiding place was discovered, leading to their arrest by the Gestapo. They were sent to concentration camps, where Anne ultimately died. Nonetheless, her diary survived and eventually became published.

“The Diary of a Young Girl” is the true story written by Anne that told of the horrors of war, the struggles of cohabitation, and her plans for her future whenever the war was over. It is one of the best known re-encounters of the Holocaust.

Is It Worth It to Tour the Anne Frank House?

The short answer is an overwhelming YES – so you should do whatever you can to get tickets!

The Anne Frank House is a special kind of museum. A lot of museums that are dedicated to a specific person aren’t located in the building where that person actually lived and worked.

When you tour the Anne Frank House, you actually get to walk in the rooms that the Frank family hid in during WWII. The original bookcase that concealed the door to their secret hiding place is still there. At the end, you get to see Anne’s diary, along with other memorabilia and historical videos.

The Anne Frank House; Amsterdam, Netherlands
The red arrow points to the house Anne and her family lived in. This photo was taken across the canal, and the house is unfortunately hidden by a tree from this angle.

What to do Before Going to the Anne Frank House

If you’ve never read The Diary of a Young Girl, I recommend buying that book off of Amazon and reading it before you go. Since you will be touring the actual Annex that Anne and her family stayed in, you will be able to recognize things from the book (such as the bookcase where the entrance to the Annex was).

Additionally, as you go through the different rooms of the house and see the photographs and memorabilia, you will have a much better understanding of the different people that are mentioned throughout the tour. IMO, this makes the tour much more meaningful.

The Anne Frank House (center) up close. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Anne Frank House (center) up close

How to Get Tickets to the Anne Frank House

Tickets to the Anne Frank House can ONLY be purchased through the official Anne Frank House website.

You will find tours on Get Your Guide and Viator that mention Anne Frank, but know that this is a historical tour, NOT the tour of her family’s annex. 

There are 2 different types of tickets you can purchase: You can get a basic ticket, or a ticket with a 30 minute introductory program that takes you through the history of Anne Frank in the context of WWII.

On the day of your tour, you should arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour starts. You will enter the museum on the side of the building, and from there, be led into the actual house where the Frank family stayed.

The tour comes with an audioguide, so you are able to hear about the different rooms as you walk through them by scanning the QR code in that room and listening to the guide.

Many people were confused which house was actually the Annex that Anne and her family stayed in. Look for the green door with “Anne Frank Huis” written on a white plaque

When Do Tickets to the Anne Frank House Go on Sale?

Tickets go on sale every Tuesday at 10:00am for a visit 6 weeks out. The Anne Frank House is a small museum and sells a limited number of tickets for each day.

If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, I strongly advise purchasing your Anne Frank tickets as soon as they become available. If not, you risk them being sold out (and trust me, they sell out fast).

I tried purchasing my tickets 3 weeks before I was set to go to Amsterdam, and when I went on the website, they were sold out! I figured 3 weeks would give me plenty of time, but this was not the case. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a way to still snag some tickets, which I talk about below.

What to do if The Anne Frank House is Sold Out

If you’re reading this, I assume you are in panic mode because you went online to purchase your tickets and realized they were sold out. Don’t worry – all hope is (likely) not lost!

In addition to releasing tickets for 6 weeks out every Tuesday at 10am, the Anne Frank museum will also release a small number of tickets for the following week for anyone looking to go at the last minute.

For example, if you are looking to go to the Anne Frank House sometime during the first week of August, you want to make sure you go on the website at 10:00am the Tuesday before that week to purchase last-minute tickets.

However, keep in mind that 10:00am means 10:00am Amsterdam time. I live on the East Coast of the United States, so 10:00am in Amsterdam was 4:00am for me. Nevertheless, my alarm was set. Make sure you extrapolate your time correctly!

Getting Last Minute Tickets

When my alarm went off at 4:00am the Tuesday before I was set to go to Amsterdam, I immediately logged on to the Anne Frank House website. I remember having to refresh the screen a few times before I saw available tickets. The tickets started showing up as available around 4:07am (so don’t panic if you don’t see any right away!).

I also remember seeing the tickets come available in waves. For example, when the tickets first started showing up, I saw some that were available on Wednesday only. **waits a few minutes – refreshes screen** …now, there are some that are showing up for Sunday and Tuesday as well.

This is to say that if your specific day isn’t showing up right away, give it a minute or so and refresh the screen. Eventually, I saw the whole week become available!

Want Help Planning Your Trip to Amsterdam?

Check out my itinerary blog post: 3 Days in Amsterdam: The Itinerary for all of my favorite things I did in this incredible city!

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