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  • Writer's pictureTheresa Brandt

A Visit to the Anne Frank House

Updated: Mar 20, 2023

My personal photo of the front entrance to the Anne Frank House. It's an easy 10 minute walk from Dam Square.

Visiting the Anne Frank House is a sobering, yet necessary, experience when visiting Amsterdam. The museum famously tells the history of the Frank family, who went into hiding in the building at Prinsengracht 263 on July 6, 1942. The family was later joined by the Van Pels family and Fritz Pfeffer.

​Three years later, in June 1945, Otto Frank was the only one of the group to return from Auschwitz. The main home was opened as a museum 15 years later, while, at Otto’s request, the annex, which had hidden eight people, remained empty.

​Explore the house-museum, feeling the authentic and subdued atmosphere as you read quotes, view photos and videos and examine original items from the time during which the Franks, Van Pels and Pfeffer hid here for more than two years during World War II. Visit the annex where Anne Frank wrote her diary. See the room where the group cooked and ate together, listened to the radio for war updates and Mr. and Mrs. Van Pels slept at night.

In the Diary Room, view the original red-checked diary Anne Frank received a month before her family went into hiding. In 1944, upon learning that the government would be collecting personal diaries after the war, she rewrote her entries. The end result was 215 loose-leaf pages, some of which you can see in the museum. View, also, Anne’s “Favourite Quotes Book,” and her “Tales Book,” full of her original short stories.

Be sure to visit the thought-provoking “Reflections on Anne Frank” exhibit, containing a film in which more than 20 writers, actors and people who knew Anne speak of her and what she meant to them.

​For a young girl who wrote, “I want to go on living even after my death,” in an April 1944 diary entry, her impact on the world has been unmeasurable. In an unspeakably sad way, her ambition in life, to become a famous writer, has come true and it is by visiting this important museum and reflecting on her experience that we can honor a life cut much too short.

This simple plaque hangs by the front door.

For a more in-depth visit, consider a museum visit plus an introductory program, during which the museum docents will guide you through the history of Anne Frank in the context of World War II.

Prior to your trip, I can help arrange your tickets to the Anne Frank House, accessible only with an online ticket for a certain time slot. The tickets are released two months in advance and on the day of. It is recommended that you plan and book well ahead of time for your visit.

Nearby Amsterdam attractions to consider during a day in the city are the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Palace Amsterdam and beautiful Vondel Park. It’s easy to walk, or even bike, about the city, as well as take a canal cruise to soak it all in. Together, we can craft an itinerary that allows for plenty of time at the Anne Frank House, as well as Amsterdam’s other top sites and experiences. Click the button below to reach out by booking a consultation through my Services page.


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