Experience Anne Frank House

Experience Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is the hiding place of Anne Frank during World War II, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Anne Frank was a young girl who kept a detailed diary while she and her family hid from Nazi persecution with four other people in hidden rooms behind a 17th-century house. This is known as the Secret Annex. The diary is what you’d expect from a young girl: optimistic, dreamy, full of hopes for the future. Unfortunately, Anne Frank tragically did not survive the war, and died at a holocaust concentration camp along with most of her family. Her diary, however, was found and published in 1947. Now it’s one of the most famous books of all time, and the Secret Annex has been converted into a museum.

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.

“Our little room looked very bare at first with nothing on the walls; but thanks to Daddy who had brought my film-star collection and picture postcards on beforehand, and with the aid of a paste pot and brush, I have transformed the walls into one gigantic picture. This makes it look much more cheerful…” (The Diary of Anne Frank, July 11, 1942)

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.


Did you know…?

Anne began all her diary entries with “Dear Kitty”

Did you ALSO know…?

Anne Frank and her family were betrayed by someone they knew, but we still don’t know how that person is

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