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When to purchase tickets online for museums

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When to purchase tickets online for museums

My husband and I will be visiting Amsterdam the 15th of May, 2012 We will be in Amsterdam for six nights.

We would like to purchase tickets for the Rijkmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House on line. How far in advance should we purchase these tickets? Are they e-mailed to us?

Also, we were thinking about making a day trip to Haarlem. Do you think this is a good idea or should we stay in Amsterdam for all six days.

Thank you for the advice

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1. Re: When to purchase tickets online for museums

For the Rijks and VGM it really makes no difference as there are no specific time slots, a day or two in advance is fine.

The popular slots at AFH do get taken in advance. I'd suggest you look at booking there at least a month in advance to be sure of getting the time you want.

Once purchased you download the tickets and print them at home.

With six days I'd say go to Haarlem for sure.

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2. Re: When to purchase tickets online for museums

Don't forget to check whether the Holland Pass might be a good option for you:

http://www.hollandpass.com/home/

It provides access to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum and a host of other goodies, including public transport. You're bound to save money.

Haarlem is a nice place to visit during those six days. Another popular destination is Naarden:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naarden

And then there's the Friday morning cheese market in Alkmaar, which also happens to be a very nice place for a stroll and something to eat:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkmaar

If you do go to Haarlem, check out the Corrie ten Boom house, where Jews were hidden during the war:

http://www.corrietenboom.com

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3. Re: When to purchase tickets online for museums

yes, haarlem is close enough to visit..a beautiful centrum..bit of trivia..while amsterdam is capitol of the NL..haarlem is the capitol of noord holland province...well worth a visit..

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