Anne Frank and her family lived in the Secret Annex with four others for almost two years. During the day, they had to stay extremely quiet, so that the workers downstairs couldn’t hear them. Only at night and during the weekends could they talk without whispering or even flush the toilet. Much of the day was devoted to reading, studying, and preparing for their meals.
After the warehouse workers went home, the people in hiding would spread out through the building. When the sun went down, the windows had to be blacked out and it would be quiet at the Secret Annex again.
This hiding place continues to be preserved for the Anne Frank museum.
The Anne Frank House opened to the public on 3 May 1960 as a way to bring attention to her life, and hence, the dangers of antisemitism, racism, and discrimination. A visit to the museum will allow you to experience the story of Anne Frank through the quotes, photos, and personal belongings of those who lived there in hiding.
She had to share the room with Fritz Pfeffer, a man old enough to be her father. Having to live in close quarters often led to tensions. One of their main conflicts was over the time they got at the writing desk. Her diary was her confidant through it all. To brighten up the room, Anne put pictures on the wall.
The house, which was emptied of all furniture, remains unfurnished as per the request of Otto Frank. The Anne Frank museum has been collecting items connected to Anne Frank’s history. You can view the traces and personal objects of the people who hid here, such as the height marks of Anne and Margot Frank, drawings by Anne, photographs, and more.
The original diary is on display at the Anne Frank House. The rewritten version of Anne Frank’s Diary, the ‘Favourite Quotes Book’, in which Anne copied quotes she liked, and her ‘Tales Book’ with short stories she had thought up are also on display.
View the exhibition ‘Reflections’, where authors, politicians, visitors to the Anne Frank House, and people who knew her talk about what Anne’s diary and life story mean to them. The exhibition consists of three large video projections that aim to challenge visitors to reflect on Anne Frank’s story.
Exploring new places can be challenging without planning ahead. Book your Anne Frank tour tickets in advance for a relatively smooth experience. There are two different ticket options to choose from:
The Anne Frank House offers two special programs for groups —an introductory program and an educational program for students.
Currently group visit tickets are not available.
Exceptions to the opening hours: Visit the official website.
Duration: A visit to the Anne Frank house takes about 1 hour.
Best time to visit the Anne Frank Museum:
Address: Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unwind at the Anne Frank House museum cafe after your tour. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Prinsengracht along with your meal. They offer a wide range of beverages as well as lunch and snack options. The cafe can only be accessed through the museum.
Please note: The cafe is temporarily closed.
Buy The Diary of Anne Frank, the museum catalog, postcards, or other publications. All proceeds from the purchase goes towards conserving the Anne Frank Museum as well as their educational activities.
The museum shop keeps the same opening hours as the museum. It can only be accessed through the museum. The items sold in the museum shop is also available online.
They offer a free audio tour. It offers visitors with historical context and in-depth information about the persecution of the Jews, the Second World War, Anne Frank's life, experience of in hiding, and more. The audio tour is available in nine languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.
A. Yes, the Anne Frank Museum is open for visitors.
A. The tickets to the Anne Frank Museum tour can only be bought online, from the Anne Frank House official website.
A. While your starting time is fixed, as per the slot on your ticket, you can stay for as long as you like.
A. No, photography is not allowed in the Anne Frank Museum to protect the museum’s original items and to avoid causing a nuisance to other visitors.
A. Yes. However, they don’t have the room to store large bags, backpacks or suitcases.
A. On average, the Anne Frank Museum tour takes an hour.
A. For better weather and smaller crowds, visit between April and May or September and October.
A. Unfortunately, only the modern part of the museum is accessible for people using wheelchairs.