To visit Anne Frank House is usually at the top of people’s list when traveling to Amsterdam. The Anne Frank House Museum in central Amsterdam is a haunting yet beautiful house that is now home to the diary that Anne wrote during her long days in hiding. For an authentic, subdued experience that is historical and eye-opening this tribute to the family and people who hid from the Nazis during the Second World War is not to be missed.
Since its initial opening in 1960, The Anne Frank House has been attracting more than a million visitors each year. The Anne Frank House is a biographical museum and former hiding place of the famous Jewish diarist Anne Frank. This article will help you understand what to expect when visiting the Anne Frank House and how to book your visit in advance.
How to Visit Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House Museum is the third most visited museum in The Netherlands and while it is very busy, the house is a moving space and one that is worth the visit. We visited Anne Frank House on our first visit to Amsterdam years ago and it has always stayed with us. Since it had been a while and entry and booking options have changed, we enlisted the help of KT Browne to update the details of how to enter, and what to expect during your visit to the Anne Frank Museum.
Tips for visiting the Anne Frank House Museum
Located right on the Prinsengracht Canal in the city center, The Anne Frank Museum is only 500 square feet in total. It consists of the main house and the hidden annex, which is where Anne Frank went into hiding and wrote her famous, beloved diary during World War II.
The annex, still visible today, was hidden from view by nearby houses during the war, which made it the perfect hiding place. There are numerous exhibition spaces throughout the museum that show various pages from her notebook, a wide array of artifacts, bookcases, and former living spaces.
Tickets to Anne Frank House Museum
Tickets to The Anne Frank House are only sold online and allocated for specific time slots—so be sure to show up on time! Because the house is so popular, crowds are common at the Anne Frank House Museum entrance, but they do seem to disappear once inside thanks to the time slots, along with a quiet and calm atmosphere. Purchase your tickets to Anne Frank House in advance here.
If you cannot make your time and tickets are already booked, they do not reschedule or offer refunds, so make sure you will be going on the day you plan for. They used to allot 20% of tickets to be sold on the same day, but that option is no longer available.
Once inside, there are no guided tours offered at Anne Frank House, but there is a free audio tour. It certainly deepens the experience, so we highly recommend it. Photography is not allowed inside the museum in order to preserve the quality of the artifacts. Leave your camera at home. Also, since there are many narrow stairwells, the house isn’t recommended for people with mobility issues.
Before visiting Anne Frank House make sure to read the Diary of Anne Frank. It will give you a deeper understanding of the experience. You can purchase it here on Amazon for Kindle, audiobook, hardcover or paperback.
If you haven’t read the book, you can purchase a 30-minute introductory program that you can do before your visit. You will learn of the history of Anne Frank and about the persecution of Jews during the Second World War. It will give you a better understanding to help prepare you for your visit.
Above all, visit The Anne Frank House with an open heart and mind; it’s a little slice of a very important part of history that we all would benefit from knowing more about.
What to Expect in Anne Frank House
Visitors have the chance to wander through the museum’s many rooms, nooks, and crannies to get a real sense of Anne Frank’s experience. Through quotes, photos, film images, and a wide range of original items (including her beloved diary), Anne Frank is brought to life in an authentic yet respectful way. It’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed.
The house’s steep stairwells and original artifacts are incredibly moving, a walk through Anne Frank House pulls you back in time.
Visitors can wander freely throughout Anne Frank House house, so be sure to take as much in as you can. Also, don’t miss the hinged bookcase and the entrance to the secret annex behind it—it’s extraordinary.
The main exhibition space is a thoughtful, rich tribute to the persecution and discrimination of Anne and thousands of Jews faced during the war. Much of the Anne Frank House museum is perfectly preserved, making the experience of visiting incredibly authentic, if not slightly haunting.
In 1955, protesters stood outside of the building and fought against its demolition (it worked). Afterward, the Anne Frank Foundation was established with the goal of protecting the property from development and demolition.
About Anne Frank
Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl, who hid from the Nazis with her family and four other people in the “secret annex” of this 17th-century canal house during World War II. Anne remained hidden in the annex for two years and one month until the Nazi authorities raided the space, arrested her and others she was in hiding with. They deported them to concentration camps—which ultimately led to her death.
In 1947, Anne posthumously became world-famous because of the diary she wrote while in hiding. Her diary along with hundreds of loose pages chronicled her life in poetic detail.
The Diary of Anne Frank detailed account of daily events, along with her fears, hopes, and dreams, has come to be loved by millions around the world not only because of the acute insight it offers about the nature of man, but because it’s beautifully written. Read it now and order on Amazon
You may be interested in this tour to accompany your visit to Anne Frank House Museum. Jewish Cultural Quarter Tour includes an entrance to the Jewish Cultural Quarter that you can visit before or after your tour, and then you can join a 2-hour tour of this Anne Frank-themed walking tour. If you want to enter Anne Frank House you will need to purchase that ticket online separately in advance.
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