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Anne Frank House Museum Amsterdam

 

One of Amsterdam's most popular and important museums is the Anne Frank House (Anne Frankhuis).

The house is located on the Prinsengracht canal in the centre of Amsterdam. It contains the secret annexe where the young girl Anne Frank and seven others hid from German occupation during WW2. It was here that she wrote her world-famous diary.

Anne Frank Story

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. The Frank family moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1933. World War 2 broke out in 1939 and by 1940, Netherlands found itself under German occupation with the Jewish population experiencing increasing persecution. In July 1942 the Frank family went into hiding in concealed rooms (the secret annexe) at Prinsengracht 263 - the building where her father Otto Frank worked. It was here where Anne wrote her diary giving a unique and touching perspective of wartime Amsterdam through the eyes of a teenage girl.

After 2 years the family was betrayed and the secret annexe was discovered by the Germans. In September 1944 Anne and her sister Margot were taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau and then a few weeks later they were relocated to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. They died there of typhus in March 1945.

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Otto Frank survived the war and returned to Amsterdam. His efforts led to Anne's diary being published in Dutch as Het Achterhuis in 1947. In 1950 it was translated into French and German and in 1952 came the first English edition entitled The Diary of a Young Girl. It has since been translated into many other languages and the diary has been portrayed in theatre plays and films around the world.

In 1957 the Anne Frank Stichting organisation (with close involvement of Otto Frank) was established in order to save the Prinsengracht building which was due for demolition and set up a place where the Anne Frank story and message could be preserved.

 

The Anne Frank house originally opened back on 3 May 1960 and has been receiving visitors ever since. The museum underwent a major expansion in 1999, being reopened by then Dutch Queen Beatrix.

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A visit to the Anne Frank house can be poignant, thought-provoking and for some an emotional experience. It is suitable for children aged from about 10 years.

The museum is divided as follows: the original house (263 Prinsengracht) includes the canal-side part which was father Otto Frank's office where the family's helpers worked. All the rooms in the house have been preserved to their original style and decor during the hiding period. There are films to watch as well as various objects, photos and documents which help illustrate the hiding and subsequent deportation.

The Secret Annexe at the back of the house is accessed via a concealed entrance through a bookcase. This part of the house contains no furniture - houses of deported Jews were stripped down with items taken away to Germany. You will see Anne's room with photos of movie stars and royalty glued on the wall. There are various salvaged documents and objects on display that belonged to the eight people who hid here.

The next-door building (at 265 Prinsengracht) is the renovated section of the museum - here you will find the Diary Room which shows Anne's original red and green checked diary plus some of her other manuscripts. There is also a temporary exhibition space which changes every 6 months. The museum has a shop and café as well.

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The Anne Frank house receives about 1.26 million visitors per annum - that works out at an average of nearly 3,500 visitors per day and it is popular all year round.

Entrance to the Anne Frank house is now only possible with a pre-purchased online ticket and timeslot. You can no longer buy a ticket at the museum entrance.

80% of the online tickets are released 2 months in advance with the remaining 20% going on sale on the day. Tickets are only available at the annefrank.org website and there is a €0.50 per ticket fee for all online bookings. Those with a Museumkaart (Dutch Museum Card) which offers free entrance to the museum must still book an online timeslot and pay the booking fee.

A visit to the museum takes around 1 hour. There is a free audio tour available in 9 languages - Dutch/English/French/German/Hebrew/Italian/Japanese/Portuguese/Spanish.

The old part of the original house has very steep staircases and is not accessible for wheelchair users. The modern section of the museum is fully accessible.

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Nearby is the Westerkerk church tower which has fine views over the house and the city. There is a sculpture of Anne Frank on the church square.

Other museums of interest: National Holocaust Museum | Dutch Resistance Museum | Jewish Historical Museum

Anne Frank House Essential Info

Opening Times: April to October: daily 0900-2200, July-Aug 0830-2200; November to March: daily 0900-1900, Saturday 0900-2100.

Admission Prices (2018): Adults €10, children 10-17 and European Youth card holders €5. Free entry to children 0-9 and Museumkaart holders. Tickets must be pre-booked online with a time-slot, €0.50 fee per ticket. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Note, Iamsterdam city card holders and students receive no discount.

Getting There: The museum can be reached on foot from Central Station in 15-20 minutes. From Dam Square head west along Raadhuisstraat towards Westermarkt. Trams 13 and 17 stop at Westermarkt. Then turn right (north) onto Prinsengracht and walk up one block.

Our Rating:

4/5 rating

Anne Frank House, Prinsengracht 263-267, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 556 7105

 

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