The Anne Frank House is one of the most visited attractions in Amsterdam (and the Netherlands). It’s a somber site, for sure. But seeing it for yourself is a must-do if you’re in the city. Come here for a better understanding of the horrors of World War II, and the life of a young girl gone too soon.
Unique Things to See and Do in the Anne Frank House
- Walk through the secret passageway behind a bookshelf leading to the Secret Annex
- Listen to a video of Anne Frank’s father recounting the experience post-war
- See Anne Frank’s actual diary
- See the documents on display from the others arrested in the room
Navigating the Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is now a museum. For a small ticket price, you walk through the bookcase covering the secret passageway into the Secret Annex, and you’ll find yourself in Anne’s world during World War II. The rooms are all bare, as the furniture was removed from them upon the occupants’ arrests. Anne covered her bedroom walls with photos of celebrities and idols, much of which are still represented on the walls today. Preservation of the photos is an ongoing process.
The rest on display is mostly memorabilia collected from various others in the house. Sit and watch the video featuring Otto Frank, Anne’s father, and the only survivor of the group. In this emotional film, he recounts the arrest and how his family was separated and sent to concentration camps. It’s believed that Anne was told that her family had perished, and she herself gave up no long after.
Finally, the focal point of the museum: Anne’s actual diary on display. If you’re not already in tears at this point, you will be now. The gift shop is a great place to browse on your way out.
Getting to Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is located at the Prinsengracht, near Westerkerk. There are some steep steps to climb, and narrow passageways as well. There is a small fee involved. The House is open year-round, but closed on major holidays. Plan your visit in advance.
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