Anne Frank House

There are very few people who aren’t acquainted with the tragic story of Anne Frank – a brave girl who dreamed of becoming an author while in hiding from Nazi persecution. The diary of her time spent in the secret annex was published in 1947 and later translated in over 65 languages. The popularity of her work is reflected in the huge queues outside this museum that has been teaching Amsterdam's visitor's about the Holocaust, the story of the Frank family and their desperate struggle to survive and the evils of anti-Semitism and racism since 1960. Inside you’ll walk through the warehouse where workers attended to their business every day completely unaware that several people were hiding upstairs. Otto Frank was a successful businessman who had moved to the Netherlands after Hitler came to power in 1933. When the Nazis occupied Holland, he signed over his firm to trusted partners but remained its director in secret. After winding your way through rooms adorned with quotes from Anne’s diary you eventually reach the bookcase that hid the entrance to the annex where the Frank’s lived. You can view the original red plaid diary and watch videos, but the most touching exhibits are the pencil marks indicating the growth of the children, the magazine clippings that were used to decorate the walls and Otto Frank’s moving account of first reading his daughter’s life’s work. He was the only family member to survive the concentration camps where they were sent in 1944. Despite much research, historians have never discovered who placed the anonymous phone call that betrayed the Franks. Bear in mind that mobile phones must be switched off inside and that backpacks must be held in your hands as space is often limited and the exhibits could be damaged by an errant bag. A museum café and shop are also available, but there is no wardrobe to leave your belongings.


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Open 09:00-21:00, Sat 09:00-22:00.

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Admission: adults €9, children 10 - 17 years €4.50, children nine and under free.


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