Anne Frank Huis (House of Anne Frank)

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Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Anne Frank Huis (House of Anne Frank) Amsterdam Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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A Most Moving Experience Sep 29, 2014
Visiting the Anne Frank House was the most moving museum experience I have ever had. It is certainly a not-to-be-missed location in Amsterdam.

I have not read the published Diary of Anne Frank, but know of the story surrounding it. The Jewish Frank family, Otto and Edith and their daughters Margot and Anne, went into hiding in mid-1942 as the German forces occupying Amsterdam began to deport Jewish citizens. The Franks decided to go into hiding in the face of certain arrest.

Otto Frank managed a food business at Prinsengracht 263. Typical of a canal house layout, there was a second house, called the annex, in back of the main house facing the street and canal. The Franks prepared to stay in the annex. Only four of the front-office staff knew they were there and in secret, and at great danger to themselves, passed food and supplies to the family.. Other workers in the building did not know they were hiding and so they had to be extremely quiet during the day. (Not even using the bathroom so there wold be no sound.) Along with four other people who joined them, the Franks stayed there for two years until they were discovered in 1944. All were sent to concentration camps and Otto Frank was the sole survivor.

Just before the family hid, Anne had received a diary for her birthday. In it, she recorded her thoughts and the experiences of life in annex. She remained in remarkably good spirits, always maintaining a positive outlook on life and people. Her diary was discovered after the raid by one of the four "helpers" as they were known. Otto deiced to publish it after he knew Anne had died at a camp.

The museum occupies three buildings. Two contain the entrance, related exhibits on the Frans and the Holocaust, and the museum shop, while the office/warehouse and annex are preserved as they were in 1942-1944. The rooms are bare, so that one can form one's own conception of life in the very confined space. An exception is Anne's room which still has the picture postcards and magazine clippings of movie stars and celebrities of the day she put there. This was a remarkable sight. I could relate as my daughter liked to put pictures of film and rock starts on her walls when she was a teenager. It makes one realize that Anne Frank was, above all, a typical teenage girl. There must be thousands of stories like hers we do not know about.

There is alway a very long queue to get in. I recommend purchasing tickets in advance online. These cost more, but are worth it.

Photography is not permitted.

Just before our trip, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, exhibited a facsimile of the diary and some Frank family items. I'll include photos of those here.
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Statue of Anne Frank
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holdmyhandsforever says:
Well done buddy! Congrats! :)
Posted on: Nov 27, 2014
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Andy this is the kind of must-see musems one cant miss! :)
Posted on: Nov 27, 2014
vulindlela says:
Congrats!
Posted on: Nov 27, 2014
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s_elk85 s_elk85
2 reviews
A time-capsule of a life that once was.... Jan 23, 2012
This young girl, her family and a small group of others, all Jewish, hid for two years in an attempt to avoid deportation from the Netherlands to Germany. Once betrayed and sent back to concentration camps during World War II. Anne kept a diary of their oppression and time spent in the attic of this house (located on Prinsengracht, Amsterdam). The house built in 1635, has been left much as it was at the time that Anne hid here. The house is now a time-capsule museum shows pages of the diary and items which belonged to those in hiding.

The Anne Frank house is very mesmerizing and somewhat inspiring to those who are till today fighting oppression...the will to carry on is never easy...but a page from the diary can be all that you need to continue.
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europeanexplorer european…
1 reviews
A must see in Amsterdam Jul 03, 2012
I would definitely recommend visiting Anne Frank Huis if you are in Amsterdam. Only 9,50 Euros (as of March 2012) and you can walk around both the house and the secret annex and see for yourself the conditions in which the Franks and their friends lived in. The museum also holds Anne’s original diary, however it is not on display all the time for preservation reasons. It is particularly meaningful to those who have read the book and know about the family and what they went through. You really do get a better idea of what they went through and can sympathise with them.
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vitallium vitallium
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Powerful and engaging. Jun 23, 2011
This is a absolutely must see of Amsterdam. To actually see the place Anne Frank and their family were "locked" was a powerful experience, even for me who didn't know the whole history so well (haven't read the book).

The museum itself is a tour of the various rooms of the house, culminating in the Annex, which was concealed by a bookcase. It is impossible not to experience some claustrophoby and to imagine how poorly they should have lived.

Tip: buy the ticket in advance online. It will cost you 0,50€ more, but it is worth it taking into account it can save you 1-3 hours in the lines.
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arom_pty arom_pty
3 reviews
Anne Frank´s house, must visit in Amsterdam! Aug 03, 2011
The Anne Frank´s house is a very emblematic place, some of the rooms inside have been kept almost intact in order to give the visitor the feeling of someone who is living secluded or hidden like the frank family had to do during the nazi era. The place transports the visitors into this hidden rooms and camouflaged doors where the frank family lived before they were taken to the concentration camps. It has a lot of documented information as well as videos from survivors and anne frank´s father as well. There is a replica of the actual Anne Frank diary and lots of letters written to and by the Frank family. If you are in Amsterdam and are familiar with the Anne Frank diary or you would like to know a bit more about the history behind it then you must visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam!
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Africancrab says:
Thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Jan 23, 2012
cat10 cat10
8 reviews
Interesting and saddening look at Anne's last years Jun 18, 2011
It was very interesting to look around the famous Anne Frank huis and at the same time saddening to think that her and her family remained imprisoned there for more than 2 years.

It's only through looking around that you can see just how limited their space was and how dark the rooms would be during the day having to block out any trace of light.

I would definitely recommend visiting this but it is also one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam so if possible go there early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the queues that form.

It is only around 8 euros for an adult ticket and is well worth the money.
Anne Frank Statue
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Haydenerg says:
I was there few times in Amsterdam but Its ashamed that I have never been at Anne frank museum yet :( but maybe Next time I plan to go then I want to go there definetely :)
Posted on: Jun 18, 2011
christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Anne Frank House Mar 20, 2011
The Anne Frank House hadn't appealed to me to go to the past few times i've been in Amsterdam but this time i decided to go and see it.

Like i had been told and i suspected it is just the house with empty rooms and a few quotes and pictures on the walls.

It is worth going and taking a look at from the outside. It is covered in metal shutters to prevent Neo-Nazi activity, but i am not sure whether it is worth paying the €8 in.

The stairs in the house are quite steep!

There was a very moving video of Otto Frank saying 'i didn;t fully understand my daughter which leads me to the conclusion that no parents ever fully understand their children'. It was very sad :( So if you are on a fun, carefree trip to Amsterdam i don't think this is the ideal museum to visit.
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lizzardink lizzardi…
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THE ANNE FRANK HOUSE Mar 07, 2011
I read many reviews on here about people talking about the lines and how its not worth going and to save my time and go somewhere else. I love history and I think just about everyone had to read the Anne Frank Diary growing up in school. I love history and I am a big history buff so going to the Anne Frank House was something I was going to do regardless of what everyone else suggested. I really enjoyed the tour and its just a shame you could not take pictures inside. I think everyone should visit this site. My big suggestions is if you go do not take a bookbag there is alot of steps you have to climb and they are steep.
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sandman29t sandman2…
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Anne Frank House Jun 14, 2011
Great educational trip. just to be in the presence of such history was amazing. Hearing the whole story about how young this girl was and what her family and her had to endure. At a time when many jewish families feared for there life really takes your breath away. I still cannot fathom what living like that could be like.
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lieff lieff
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A must-see in Amsterdam Jun 03, 2011
Very touching house turned into a museum of Anne Frank and her famous diary. Expect a long waiting line (but buying your ticket beforehand on the Internet gets you in the fast lane). It's a must-see when you happen to be in Amsterdam.
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Life_is_good Life_is_…
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history blows your mind May 29, 2011
The anne frank house, is something you have to check out once you in amsterdam. Interesting site with great info and details about anne frank and her life. The line to get in was kind of long, but if you get there early then you will definitely have a great time in there. A lot to see and to check out, which is going to educate you more about her and her path in life.
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WalterC WalterC
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Must see and very interesting Mar 09, 2010
This building was the hiding place for Anne Frank and her family, to hide from the Nazis, who were rounding up the Jews during World War II. The Frank family with friends hid there for a few years, which during that time, Anne wrote her diary. They were discovered and arrested. Then they were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz in Poland. Of the 8 people that stayed, Anne’s father, Otto, was the only survivor. When he returned to Amsterdam, he had his daughter’s diaries published.

The place is now a museum, and takes you to the various rooms as they were left when the Frank family lived there. The family hid in the Secret Annex, which was concealed by a bookcase. Space was very tight, and it is hard to imagine that 8 people stayed in this place for a few years, without stepping outside once.

This museum is very moving, and really sad to see how things unfolded for the people that hid there. But I think no visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to this place, as this is a place to reflect.
Anne Frank statue
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monkeymia79 says:
Thanks for the review Walter. One day I would like to visit the museum too.
Posted on: Feb 16, 2016
kwb1 kwb1
5 reviews
Definately worth a visit if you're in Amsterdam Aug 14, 2010
A historically significant place, and an interesting museum. The house is laid out with information, various artifacts, audio and videos, including interviews with Anne Franks father and other survivors. The famous diary is also available to see during a visit. I found the house to be a lot bigger than I imagined it.

Entrance fee was 9 euros. Be prepared to wait in the line for aprox. 45 minutes.
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NeasaRonayne NeasaRon…
1 reviews
Informative Nov 29, 2010
This is a very informative attraction and well worth a visit. The house is bare, with small models of how it was laid out. You get to travel through the bookcase and up the small stairs giving a great sense of how they must have been rushed up these narrow steps to hide. This trip may be tough for some, as the topic is quite emotional.
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HCSmooth66 HCSmooth…
64 reviews
Interesting, but still a bit of a let-down Sep 09, 2009
I had heard such incredible things about people who had visited the Anne Frank Huis. I was ready to be moved to tears by what I saw, but that never materialized. Maybe I expected too much.

The entire complex has been converted to a museum. Throughout the museum there are passages painted onto walls of things she had written in her diary, and various other things that had been saved from her stay in the Secret Annexe. I had just read the diary leading up to my trip and it was still fresh on my mind, so it was able to really put an image with the words that were written.

I guess my biggest complaint is that other museums and locations that are related to the Holocaust tend to be more shocking and focus much more on the atrocities committed by the Nazis.

The Anne Frank Huis focused on Anne and her diary. The Secret Annexe was actually a lot bigger than I had thought it would be. A complaint I had about the diary itself is that for some reason I never could feel what it was like to live each day the way they had to, to be in essence a prisoner. The tour of the Secret Annexe didn't really bring that to life, either.

In summary, A very interesting and historical museum with everything kept pretty much as it was inside the building during their stay. But, it just didn't touch me the way I'd hoped.
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peppertm peppertm
116 reviews
Anne Frank Huis Jul 23, 2009
The house where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis and wrote her famous diary is a museum in the middle of Amsterdam. The museum tells the history of the eight people who hid there and the people who helped them. Here you will find original objects from their life in hiding, along with Anne’s original handwritten diary. There are no tour guides available, and it will most likely take you an hour to make your way through the house. It is a busy attraction, which makes it hard to visualize the atmosphere it must have had during the time- the quiet and the stillness. However, the mood is sombre, as the people visiting are respectful of their environment. I imagine that if you were there at a quiet time, it would be an eerie place. It’s an extremely moving place to visit, one that should not be missed when visiting Amsterdam.
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sylviandavid says:
Thanks for this review.... Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009
creatia creatia
4 reviews
An important reminder of the evils and goodness of man Jan 12, 2009
A great lesson in the realities of hate and the wonderful tolerance that the Dutch mindset has. Where many in the world hated the Jews, historically, the Dutch were much easier on them.

This is where they fled to after the Spanish inquisition/persecution of 1492.
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tj1777 tj1777
369 reviews
Anne Franks House Aug 01, 2008
Anne Franks House is located in the central part of Amsterdam. The reason people go there is not the house which is pretty ordinary. It is the famous diary the little girl Annelies Marie Frank wrote during the Second World War in which she wrote about the experience of a young Jewish girl in the occupied country of the Netherlands. And she described how her family lived in hiding in Amsterdam for more than two years in the house which is today know as Anne Franks House.

Anne Frank did not survive the war she died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp just a month before the liberation of the camp. But her father Otto Frank survived Auschwitz and was after the war given the notebooks in which Anne had written her diary. He got the book published and later the house turned into a museum.

The book later affected a lot of people with the account from a child about how the war was for the Jews in Europe. And no other child has ever written a book which had so much influence on the way people in the world looked at historic events.

Nelson Mandela said about the book: "some of us read Anne Frank's Diary on Robben Island and derived much encouragement from it."

If you come to see the house with furniture as it used to be when Anne lived in the house you will be disappointed. Because Otto made sure the house would not be refurnished. Hence the house is almost empty - and the main part of the exhibition is quotes on the walls from the diary, some pictures of Anne her family and from the time of the war. The most touching part of the exhibition are probably the videos where different people tell about the life of Anne, and what happen during the war.

In genereal the house is more a place to go for reflection about what man can do to man. Than to actually see where Anne Frank lived.

The house it self is small and you will risk waiting in line for a long time. But apparently you can get internet tickets and get on the fast track to get in. Another good time to visit is during lunch. Because the crowd seem to die down just a little bit between 12 and 1.
Anne Franks House
Plaque on Anne Franks House
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Long line after lunch - 12.45
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cavlizzy says:
Much of the same wallpaper partly hangs from the walls, as well as some of Anne's cut outs from magazines she taped to the wall. You walk away with a sense of how SMALL the space was for so many people! I have had closets bigger than Anne's room that she shared! It will not be an experience you will forget. Shelly Winters Oscar is there too. TIP: go very early or when school is NOT out!
Posted on: May 11, 2011
SamsTravels says:
Great Review! I am going to Amsterdam in a few weeks and are reading up on things to do whilst I am there! Thanks for teh tip about this attraction! Sam :@)
Posted on: Feb 16, 2011
sylviandavid says:
I really enjoyed this review.... This is one place I would like to go to honor the memory of Ann Frank. it's odd that her father wouldn't let the house be furnished... maybe so it was as empty as his heart.. Thanks for sharing this... You always write such good review, mickey. Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009
British4Eternity British4…
11 reviews
Anne Frank House Jan 17, 2008
Having read the diary and her story since I was young boy, I felt a bit of connection. It was a weird feeling to be in the very house. Though, it was not exactly what I expected. It was a museum, but perhaps too much of a museum. I wish they would have left some things alone to provide a less commercialised feel. Although, in the end when the walk through was over, I was overwhelmed with great sadness even though I had known the story for so long, it was the simple fact of being there that made it worthwhile. It has a special place in history. I'm glad I got to walk through the house.

If you know the Anne Frank story, this walk through will do you good in replaying the story in your head while being there. It's not like reading the book in your house. Her story unfolds before you as you walk through, giving a deeper meaning and connection!
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sylviandavid says:
Thanks for this review.... nice that yu read it when you were young....sounds like an emotional place to visit. Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009
Devika1985 Devika19…
49 reviews
Sep 11, 2007
Anne Frank was the daughter of a German, Jewish family who lived during the war. She and her family went into hiding and during that time they stayed at the Achterhuis. This is where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary about her life wich is now being read everywhere in the world.

Anne Frank's family was betrayed, taken away by the Germans and deported first to Westerbork and later to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Anne Frank dies in Bergen-Belsen, just a few weeks before the liberation. Anne Frank's father Otto Frank is the only one from the family who survives. He made sure the diary written by his daughter Anne Frank became published.

At the house of Anne Frank you can learn more about her life and see where Anne and her family stayed when they were in hiding. You must visit this place just to honour the memory of Anne Frank and all the victims from this war.

The entrance fee is 7,50 in euro's

children from 10 to 17 pay 3,50

and younger children don;t have to pay an entrance fee.
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americanidiot says:
Is it better to book tickets before you go? Do you get to jump the line?

Thanks, great info :)
Posted on: Oct 22, 2009
jazzeegirl12 says:
this place was a gem of a find in amsterdam. thank you for reminding those of us who've been there about it's beauty and sadness. hopefully many more will visit!
Posted on: Sep 13, 2007
heather80 says:
When I backpacked in Europe a few years back this was the first place we visited! I was in complete awe. My favorite part being the lines on the wall where her mother marked Anne and her sisters growth, it showed a normal aspect to thier anything but normal life in the attic.
Posted on: Sep 13, 2007
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