Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

While in Amsterdam, be sure not to miss the Anne Frank House. If you were like me, you read her diary at least once as a child. (Okay, I actually read it three or four times.) Anne Frank was a girl just like me, who had thoughts with which I could wholly identify, with unrequited love, with school troubles … I felt a bond with her, and so I read her story again and again.

Of course, I couldn’t miss a chance to visit The Secret Annexe, or the Achterhuis (Dutch for “back house”) while in Amsterdam. The Secret Annexe was where Anne, her family, and four others hid for a little over two years.

Anne Frank House Amsterdam

Nowadays the house, located on the Prinsengracht canal, is a museum dedicated to Anne and the prevention of persecution and discrimination of all kinds. It opened in 1960.

You’ll see quotes from her diary, photos, interviews with survivors, and some original objects that belonged to Anne, as well as the reconstructed bookcase that covered the entrance to the Secret Annexe. Most of the original objects were taken away by the Nazis: furniture, carpets, etc. Otto Frank, Anne’s father, wanted it to remain empty. In Anne’s room, you can still see the photos of famous people she taped up on the wall—like any normal teenaged girl. The famous original diary is kept on display.

Anne Frank House Door Amsterdam

The original door to the house where the family hid
The Little Details
  • From March 15 to September 14, it’s open from at least 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and in the summer a bit later.
  • Tickets: You can buy them online (and skip the line!) or when you get there.
  • Price: Adults €9.50, Young People (10-17) €5.00, Children under 10: €0.50
  • Photography is not permitted inside the house.

Have you read The Diary of Anne Frank?

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4 comments

  1. I read when I was a teenager and I gelt so sad thinking about the truth after what happens in her diary… I mean, I suffered all the time thinking about her dying and the whole Holocaust. I don’t know if I could visit the house and feel completely sad.

  2. This definitely was at the top of my list when I visited sites in Europe. I’m not much of a museum person, but this was just too important to be missed. It was really surreal being in the same place where she wrote the diary, sad, and touching. I’m glad I went, although I am sad it happened (of course).

  3. Never read it but boy would I like to. Nor have I ever visited the Anne Frank house, despite having been to Amsterdam twice! Next time I won’t miss it!

    Meghan over at holamatrimony posted about Auschwitz recently and explored the issue of taking photographs in such historically brutal places as this. Apparently it’s allowed there. I suppose sometimes the financial benefits of tourism override morality in its most profound sense.

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