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Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

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Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

Please can you advise if, when online entrance tickets are sold out, is it possible to by in person at the museum (for mid February)?

Also, is it possible to arrive at the museum and buy entrance tickets there and then? Does there tend to be a queue? Are the tickets cheaper online? How much does it cost for a family of 4 (children aged 14 and 11)?

How far apart are the two museums?

Is the Heineken museum worth visiting? If so, is it better to buy tickets online or in person upon arrival? What is the cost for a family of 4? How does the brewery compare to the Guinness factory in Dublin?

What would you recommend as the top 5 must see things (family friendly)?

Are the major attractions within easy walking distance of each other?

Is the canal cruise worth doing?

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1. Re: Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

Almost all your questions are answered in the topics on the upper right (not visible on a smartphone). The costs for a family of 4 will be available on individual websites. Most on this forum would advise the Heineken Experience is not worth it. It is 2.3 km between the 2 museums.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"--Mark Twain

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2. Re: Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

Yes you can buy entrance tickets at the door and they will be the same price.

Anne Frank House gets long queues but on Monday through Thursday they are shorter, at the very start of the day and at the end they are shorter.

I don't know if the Van Gogh Museum even gets queues in February.

If you're a fan of Van Gogh you may also enjoy this temporary exhibition at the City Archives about the 400 days he spent in Amsterdam during his life: https:/…

(Use Google Translate, or open it in a Chrome browser for automatic translations.)

Edited: 29 January 2016, 15:59
Amsterdam, The...
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Oh, and yes a canal cruise is worth doing, even I as a local enjoy them.

If you're here 13-14 February, a fun festival is taking place in eastern Amsterdam, with local artisans opening their doors, shops and museums participating with special performances and try-outs, workshops etc. How about creating your own perfume, having your palm read, doing a workshop in duet singing, a kids groove & dance workshop?? :-) iamsterdam.com/en/…24h-oost

Edited: 29 January 2016, 16:12
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4. Re: Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

Oh and see this too: iamsterdam.com/en/…families-and-children

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5. Re: Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

You can buy tickets for the VG and other attractions at http://www.tours-tickets.com/museums rather than queue up at the museum.

You can easily see costs there too. Kids are free at the VG. If they are not that into Dutch post impressionist art then maybe the Rijksmuseum would be better for them. Don't want to stereotype but if your kids are young ladies then the Museum of Baga & Purses (Tassen Museum) is actually quite good. There is the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritme Museum) is also good as is the Nemo.

If you want to see how far apart places are then can't you use google maps?

From AF to VG is quite a pleasant walk but you can also take tram 2 or 5.

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The Anne Frank house is a waste of time as far as I'm concerned. Not much of a museum. More of a multimedia exhibit that will tell you a lot of things you already know. The Resistance Museum is much, much better. Artis Zoo for the kids?

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7. Re: Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

You don't get many naysayers of AFH! It wasn't until our 7th visit that we did that museum and that was with two teenage girls. We enjoyed it and it was planned for an early Sunday morning, not a bad way to spend 1.5 hours. On Friday evenings the Van Gogh has programs. The one we did had a DJ and finger food and bar in the main hall / foyer. It was a blast. As far as kids prices, the AFH was the one that did not offer much of a discount or even no charge for kids. I'm sure there are more, but that's what I remember. Have a good trip.

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@rainh2o2014 [The Anne Frank house is a waste of time as far as I'm concerned. Not much of a museum. More of a multimedia exhibit that will tell you a lot of things you already know.]

This is probably new info for you: Anne Frank House is the actual house that she and her family were hiding in. And you, by some miracle of history, were allowed to walk through it. Or, from the sound of it, you did not walk through it but you remained stuck on the ground floor at the movie / multimedia room.

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9. Re: Annie Frank & Van Gogh Museums & General Sightseeing Advice

This is probably news to you Cecillia-Ams, I walked all through it. Was not impressed. This also probably news to you: very little of the house is original. this is also probably news to you: all those pictures and multi-media exhibits did not exist when the Anne frank lived there rube.

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