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This post provides details about how to get tickets to the Anne Frank House, including information about tours you can take tours of the historic site and learn more about it from a professional guide.

 

 


Overview

The story of Anne Frank is a harrowing tale of a young girl who hid in the Netherlands throughout the Nazi occupation during WW2. 

Her diary left the world an important look at life from the perspective of someone being hunted down based on their identity.

In the diary, she describes the house where she was kept hidden from the world in the attic.

 

Anne Frank House Museum

 

That house still exists in Amsterdam, and it has since been transformed into a museum that you can visit to learn even more about Anne Frank.

Tickets must be purchased in order to enter the house, and it must be said that certain areas may be difficult for disabled visitors to access due to steep staircases.

Admission can be obtained via a variety of methods which we will describe in our tickets section.

There are also opportunities to save money on tickets, and you can learn more about them in our discounts section.

Alternatively, you can also take tours that cover even more information about Anne Frank – and some of them even include admission to the Anne Frank House!


Tickets

Admission to the Anne Frank House can sometimes be difficult to obtain, as this is a very popular historic site and they offer timed tickets to ensure that there aren’t too many people in the museum at any given time.

A majority of tickets are released 2 months before their date of validity, but there are some set aside for visitors who want same-day tickets.

Although you can get same-day tickets, we recommend purchasing admission well ahead of time to avoid missing out, because they often sell out fast!

Here are the ticket prices you can expect to pay in 2020:

  • €10.50/Adults
  • €5.50/Youth (10-17)
  • €0.50/Children (0-9)

Technically tickets are free for children, but there is a €0.50 booking fee for all tickets, so you will have to pay that even for younger visitors. 

Purchase tickets or learn more.

Tickets must be purchased for a specific time slot during the following opening hours:

November - April

  • Sun - Fri: 9 am - 7 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm

April - November

  • Daily: 9 am - 10 pm

There are a few different ways to get tickets for the Anne Frank House.

In addition to purchasing tickets online, you can also get admission by using a tourist pass or taking a tour.

If you're having trouble getting tickets, please check our section with tips about what to do when tickets are sold out.


Tours

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Anne Frank, there are several tours you can take in Amsterdam which provide a lot of information about her story and the Nazi occupation in general.

While most of these tours do not include admission to the Anne Frank House, there are a few private options that offer tickets to the museum in addition to a guided outing.

Private tours are a great way to get admission to the Anne Frank House on short notice, especially if they run out of same-day tickets before you can get them.

For more information about these outings, make sure to check this list of Anne Frank tours you can take in Amsterdam.

Some Anne Frank tours are included at a discount with certain Amsterdam tourist passes, while other discount services offer admission to the museum for free.

So, you could even combine these services to enjoy both a tour and tickets for the Anne Frank House!


Discounts

This section will cover some of the best ways to save money on tickets for both the Anne Frank House Museum and Anne Frank tours, including information about tourist discount passes and other deals.

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

These services are a great way to save money on a variety of different attractions and activities in Amsterdam, and the Museumkaart includes admission to the Anne Frank House.

 

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In addition to that option, the Amsterdam City Pass provides a discount on more than one Anne Frank tour.

If you’re planning to visit multiple popular locations or take more than one tour, you could save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission prices.

Here are a few of the additional attractions and tours offered by these passes:

The main thing to remember about using the Museumkaart for tickets to the Anne Frank House is that you’ll still have to reserve them in advance, and all reservations cost €0.50 per person.

Still, if you’re planning to visit a lot of museums while you’re in Amsterdam, this pass could be a great way to save money on tickets.

The Amsterdam City Pass is far better for tours, but it also includes admission to either the Rijkmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum and discounts on many other popular attractions.

For more details, please read our post covering Amsterdam tourist attraction discount passes.


Free For Children

One nice thing about the Anne Frank House is that they don’t charge admission for children 9 and under. Although you will have to pay €0.50 to make reservations, the tickets themselves won’t cost a thing!

Keep this in mind if you’re planning to visit with the family or if you’re going to purchase one of the tourist passes listed above. While you might want a pass for yourself, you won’t necessarily need to buy one for your kids.


Things to See at the Anne Frank House

There are a lot of interesting things to see at this historic location, including notable rooms and even items related to the event.

This section will list a few of the more important things to see while you’re here.

 

 

Anne Frank’s Room

Yes, you can actually see the room where Anne was hidden, including pictures that she kept on the wall to make her stay a little less frustrating. 

As she explains in her diary, she took her collection of pictures and postcards and used glue to paste them on the wall and “turn the entire room into one big picture.”

The Diary Room

This is where the original diary is kept on display, as well as two notebooks with some of her favorite quotes and a “tales book” she filled with short stories.

As you can probably tell, Anne wanted to be an author and she had a passion for the written word which inspired her to fill many blank pages.

Reflections on Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank has inspired many artists over the years, and this exhibit provides a film that features 22 notable authors, actors, and other people who share their reflections on her work.

The Hinged Bookcase

What was once a cleverly disguised passage to the annex which hid Anne and her family from Nazi searches is now on display in the museum, allowing you to see exactly how it functioned.

The Annex

This is the room where eight people hid when searches were conducted.

Only one returned after the Holocaust, and at his request, the room was kept barren when the house was eventually turned into a museum.

 


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What to Do When Tickets Are Sold Out

Tickets to the Anne Frank House often sell out months in advance, which can make them difficult to obtain. That said, it's not impossible to get tickets on short notice.

Method #1: Get tickets right before you go

The Anne Frank House sells about 80% of their tickets months ahead of time, but they still save 20% of them for people who are looking for admission on the day of their visit.

As such, you should definitely call ahead on the day you plan to visit to see if they have any tickets left over. You can also check their website the night before to see if any spots have opened up.

Method #2: Go on an Airbnb Experience

Another clever trick is to purchase tickets as an Airbnb experience. If you search their site, you'll find that there is a Jewish History and Anne Frank House experience.

This service guarantees entrance into the house as well as a tour of the Jewish neighborhood. Tickets are a bit more expensive, but if you're running low on options, it's definitely worth consideration.


 

 

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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