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Visiting Anne Frank Museum | Timings, Tickets, Guided Tours, Rules & Regulations

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit. During World War II, Anne Frank, a Jewish girl, wrote her diary,

Also Known As

Anne Frank Museum

Founded On

1960

Amsterdam

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ADDRESS

Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands

RECOMMENDED DURATION

1 hour

Timings

9am–10pm

VISITORS PER YEAR

1300000

EXPECTED WAIT TIME - STANDARD

2+ hours (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

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Did you know?

There are no furnishings or furniture in the Anne Frank House. Otto Frank wanted to preserve the rooms as they were after the Nazis took away everything during the war.

After Anne and her family were forced to further isolate, she ceased writing in her red checkered diary and instead wrote on a scratchpad, the pages of which are on display today.

Researchers examine the notebooks from Anne’s diary every 10 years to look for missing pages.

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What is the Anne Frank House?

The Anne Frank House is a biographical museum dedicated to Anne Frank.

Located on a canal called the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, it is here that Anne Frank and her family lived for almost two years while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Now converted into a museum, the Anne Frank House contains personal belongings of those in hiding, as well as exhibitions about the persecution of the Jews during the war.

One of the most visited sites in the Netherlands, the Anne Frank House stands as a reminder of the unfathomable harm that discrimination and racism can bring about.

Anne Frank Museum
Anne Frank Museum

Life in the Secret Annex

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 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 by the Anne Frank Museum. 

What to explore at the Anne Frank House?

The Anne Frank House opened to the public on 3 May 1960 as a way to bring attention to her life and 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.

Anne Frank Museum room

Anne Frank’s room

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 up pictures on the wall.

Anne Frank Museum collection

Anne Frank collection

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.

Anne Frank Museum Diary

The Diary Room

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 of are also on display.

Anne Frank Museum Exhibition

Exhibitions

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 meant to them. The exhibition consists of three large video projections that challenge visitors to reflect on Anne Frank’s story.

Anne Frank tour options explained

Exploring new places can be challenging without planning. Book your Anne Frank tours in advance for a relatively smooth experience. There are two different ticket options to choose from:

Group visits

The Anne Frank House offers two programs for groups — an introductory program and an educational program for students.

  • School visits: The Anne Frank House offers educational programs for primary, secondary, and vocational schools.
  • Introductory program: Groups of 15-35 people are taken on a journey through the history of the Second World War, Anne Frank's life, the persecution of Jews, and about the house before the tour.

Plan your visit to the Anne Frank House

Timings
Getting there
Cafe
Shop
Free audio tour
Nearby
Anne Frank Museum Timings

Timings: The museum is open daily from 9am to 10pm. 

Exceptions to the opening hours: The museum is open from 12pm to 10pm on January 1, and from 9am to 5pm on April 27, May 4, December 25, and December 31. 

Closed: The museum is closed on Yom Kippur (12 October).

Duration: A visit to the Anne Frank House takes about 1 hour. 

Best time to visit the Anne Frank Museum:

  • To avoid crowds, visit Amsterdam between April and May or September and October. 
  • Weekdays are better to visit the Anne Frank House, as the waiting time would be shorter. 

Address: Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Find on Map

  • By bus: 21, 22, 347, 357, and 397 will take you to Anne Frank House. The closest bus stop is Westermarkt, which is 3 minutes away.
  • By train: train lines IC, ICD, and SPR will stop near Anne Frank’s House. It is a 20-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station.
  • By tram: Take tram 13 or 17 and get off at the Westermarkt stop, about a minute’s walk away.
  • By metro: Take metro line 52, which starts from Noord metro station.
Anne Frank Museum cafe

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, lunch, and snack options. The cafe can only be accessed through the museum.

Anne Frank Museum Shop

Buy The Diary of Anne Frank, the museum catalog, postcards, or other publications. All proceeds from the purchase go towards conserving the Anne Frank Museum and its 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 are also available online.

Anne Frank Museum Audio Tour

The museum offers a free audio tour. It offers visitors historical context and in-depth information about the persecution of the Jews, the Second World War, Anne Frank's life, their experience in hiding, and more. The audio tour is available in nine languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Anne Frank Museum Nearby
  • The Amsterdam Tulip Museum: Walk through the history of tulips with a collection of curated photographs, videos, and beautifully designed scenes.
  • Canal Cruise: Traverse the city's famed canals and learn about the city's historic past and culture.
  • Rijksmuseum: Visit Rijksmuseum, the largest art museum in the country, home to over 8000 unique objects of art.
  • Van Gogh Museum: Visit the famous Van Gogh Museum, which houses a large collection of paintings and drawings by Van Gogh.
  • Vondel Park: Enjoy a picnic at the largest city park. It has an open-air theatre, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, and several cafes.

Rules & regulations

  • Arrive early. You will not be allowed inside if you are late or miss your window.
  • Unfortunately, the old part of the museum and the Secret Annex are inaccessible to people using wheelchairs. They would, however, have access to the modern part of the museum. 
  • Photography is not allowed in the museum to protect the museum’s original items and to avoid causing a nuisance to other visitors.
  • Payments in the museum, museum cafe, and museum shop can be done only by bank or credit card.
  • They have a cloakroom where you can leave your coat, bag, or umbrella. Only bags smaller than an A4 sheet of paper can be carried inside. Leave your large bags at the hotel, or deposit them at the Amsterdam Central Station.
  • Visitors are not permitted to smoke in the museum complex.
  • Those under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or similar substances will be denied admission.
  • Children under 12 may only visit the museum when accompanied by an adult.
  • Food and drinks cannot be brought into the museum complex. Refreshments purchased in the museum café cannot be consumed outside that designated area.

Virtual tour of the Anne Frank House

Virtual reality: Use the ‘Anne Frank House VR’ app to explore the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family. Unlike in reality, in the VR app, all of the rooms in the secret annex are furnished according to how it was when occupied by the group in hiding between 1942 and 1944.

360-degree view: In 2004, housing cooperation Ymere, in collaboration with the Anne Frank House, restored the Anne Frank family house to its original 1930s style. After careful research, furniture was selected that could have been used by the Frank family. The house now acts as a writer’s house for refugee writers. 

3D version: For those unable to visit the museum, the Anne Frank House has created the Secret Annex online, a 3D version of the hiding place. Available for viewing on the official website, you can view all the rooms in the Secret Annex and read interesting tidbits about life in hiding. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Anne Frank House

Is the Anne Frank Museum open to the public now?

Yes, the Anne Frank Museum is open to visitors.

How long can you stay inside the Anne Frank Museum?

While your starting time is fixed as per the slot on your ticket, you can stay for as long as you like.

Can you take pictures inside the Anne Frank Museum?

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.

Is there a cloakroom in the Anne Frank Museum?

Yes. However, they don’t have the room to store large bags, backpacks or suitcases.

How long does the Anne Frank Museum tour take?

On average, the Anne Frank Museum tour takes an hour.

When is the best time to go on the Anne Frank Museum tour?

For better weather and smaller crowds, visit between April and May or September and October.

Is the Anne Frank Museum wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, only the modern part of the museum is accessible for people using wheelchairs.