Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities to visit and has a lot of things to offer to a tourist. Amsterdam attractions include the Royal Place, Dam Square, Vondelpark etc. But, if you have enough time to visit only one attraction then, the home of Anne Frank must be your destination. The secret “annex” where Anne Frank had written her renowned diary is now a part of the world famous museum. Located at Prinsengracht 267, the museum narrates the account of the eight people who lived there in hiding for two years from the Nazis.
The Anne Frank house is situated in the center of Amsterdam hence, it can be easily accessed from most Amsterdam hotels via bus, bike tram or foot. It is also accessible by car, though it is not recommended due to the premium parking charges. Amsterdam hotels range from budget to luxury in order to suit every tourist’s needs. Most hotels are centrally located so, you can conveniently explore the city’s popular attractions by bus, tram, canal boat or by bicycle. The museum is open every day between 9 am to 9 pm from mid-March to mid-September and it’s open from 9 am to 7 pm the rest of the year. The last admission time to the museum is 30 minutes before closing. The museum also has a gift shop and a cafe.
The Anne Frank Museum was opened in 1960, in the secret annex where the Frank family had hidden for two years, but the museum grew too large and eventually had to expand over the next building, which was opened to public in 1999. Even though the museum had undergone extensive renovation, the core of the attraction is the ’empty’ annex that is authentic, although devoid of the original furniture. With the assistance of Otto Frank, the only survivor following the treachery and capture of the Frank family, a part of the museum now showcases the scale model he helped to build. This scale model helps to reveal how the interior of the house looked like when it was occupied between July 1942 and August 1944. This model deeply fuels your imagination and is a great addition to the museum.
The exhibits collected for the Anne Frank Museum are captivating. The original, authentic documents comprise of lists of “Jew transports” to concentration camps that includes the Frank family member’s names, letters from Anne and her family members, and the famed diary itself. Visitors are shown a video footage interview of Anne’s father and his employee who helped them to hide. It’s a touching display, but regardless of the heartrending end to Anne Frank’s life, the entire tour of the house seems to offer optimistic emotion powered by her exuberance and guts in the face of adversity. The museum has no tour guides; you can simply check the brochure and roam freely whilst, experiencing a peek into the past, envisioning the period when Anne Frank lived there with her family and wrote her famous diary.
Overall, the whole subject is intriguing and the museum is extremely well looked after. In fact, there is definitely something for everyone to gain from a tour to the Anne Frank House. It is an attraction in Amsterdam that you must never miss!