If you don’t manage to get any tickets online, arrive early in the morning to beat the queues.
Amsterdam’s Anne Frankhuis is a museum inside the very house in which Anne Frank and her family hid for two years during World War II. Particularly if you have read Anne’s famous diary, it makes for a sobering visit.
The exhibits at 263 Prinsengracht are simple, informative and well-presented. The Secret Annex in which the Franks lived, whose entrance was hidden behind a movable bookcase, is a remarkable sight. The wall of photographs Anne used to brighten up her room are particularly moving.
Anne’s original manuscripts are also on view; extracts from her writing accompany different areas of the house, which has been reconstructed to appear as it was in her time there.
The house is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist attractions, so is always busy: the queue can be very long indeed if you haven’t reserved tickets in advance, and the inside can get rather crowded.
Amazingly, the building was almost demolished in 1955 before a campaign led by Otto Frank - Anne’s father, and the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust - called for it to be saved. Today it is the focus of careful conservation by a dedicated team, who aim to preserve for future generations the important tale it tells of the Dutch Jews’ persecution.
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