The life of a 15-year-old girl, described by herself in her diary, has become one of the most popular books in the world. Her family’s hiding place is among the most visited buildings in Amsterdam. The girl’s name is Anne Frank. Revelations in her diary describe how she and her parents hid from the Nazis during World War II. She was living in a narrow space for two years without even being able to open her window for fresh air. Finally, she and her family were turned over to the police and sent to concentration camps. Anne, along with as many as 100,000 Jews, had never come back. Although, her father Otto Frank had survived the War. Thereafter, he received her diary. Its original copy is exhibited at the Anne Frank Museum, which opened in 1960. Each year, the place attracts over 1.2 million visitors!
What to see there?
The Museum consists of a main building and outbuilding, where Anne Frank’s family lived. Their hiding place is on the top floors of the outbuilding. In the Museum you can visit Anne Frank’s room, where she was writing her diary, dreaming about becoming a famous writer, and journalist. The living room also exhibits the original copy of the journal.
The Museum Café – offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks as well as light snacks. You can get there only through the Museum.
The Museum Store – you can buy there the book “Anne Frank’s Diary”, the Museum’s catalog, postcards, and other interesting items. It has the same business hours as the Museum. The store can only be reached through the Museum.
What do you need to know before visiting the Anne Frank Museum?
- The Museum has winter and summer business hours. Check the schedule out before planning your visit.
- The average duration of a visit to the Museum takes about an hour.
- You are not allowed to take pictures in the Museum.
- It offers free checkroom. You can leave your coat, bag or umbrella, but there is no place for large bags and backpacks, suitcases or other bulky items. You can enter the Museum with a bag smaller than an A4 paper sheet.
Tickets for the Anne Frank Museum are only available online and are valid for a limited time. No tickets are sold locally! 80% of the tickets are issued exactly two months in advance at noon (local Amsterdam time), and 20% on the same day. Every day at 9:00 am the same-day tickets are available on the site.
- Tickets for visiting the Museum only
- A visit ticket + introductory program – it lasts for 30 minutes and gets you acquainted with Anne Frank’s life. Suitable for children over 10 years. Available in English.
- Visiting ticket + introductory program for groups – between 15 and 35 people. Duration 30 min. Language: English.
- School visit ticket – educational program lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. Available in English and German.
Discounts are offered for children between 10 and 17 years of age. For the children under 9 years, only the reservation fee is payable.
The Museum does not offer tour guide services, but you can take advantage of the audio tour, which is available in nine languages including English.
There are steep stairs in Anne Frank’s House. If you experience difficulty moving, you may face some problems climbing them. The old part of the house and the secret hiding place are not accessible for wheelchairs. Physically disabled tourists can visit the modern part of the Museum, with its temporary exhibition, the Café, and the Shop. Up to 40 meters from the building’s main entrance is the parking lot for the disabled. Visually impaired visitors can rely on an audio tour.