Anne Frank Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Physical address: Prinsengracht 263-267, Amsterdam

Phone number: +31 20 5567105

Business hours: 9am – 10pm April to October; 9am – 7pm (9pm on Saturdays) November to March; exceptions apply, check the website

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Visit Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A GIFT for her 13th birthday, Anne Frank’s diary has painted a human face on the Nazi occupation of Europe and the experience of Jewish families during the Holocaust for people all over the world. The tiny hidden space above her father’s office where the Frank family and four other people remained hidden for more than two years, has been shining another spotlight on racism and discrimination since the building at Prinsengracht 263 open as Anne Frank House in May 1960.

Hidden and protected by employees of Otto Frank’s business, the family were betrayed in August 1944 and sent to concentration camps. As was common practice, the Nazi soldiers confiscated everything that was found in the Annex; however, the same employees who had tried to protect them managed to sneak back in and rescue a small number of items; among them, Anne’s diary. At the end of the war, only Otto Frank returned to Amsterdam. Anne and her sister, Margot, along with their mother, Edith, and the four others hidden in the annex had all died in the camps.

In addition to publishing Anne’s diary, Otto worked to save the building where his family had hidden. Scheduled to be demolished to make way for new factories, Otto’s company managed to acquire Prinsengracht 263, but all of the other buildings in the block, upon which his own building relied for its structural integrity, were sold. In the end, it was a massive groundswell of public support, notably including the mayor of Amsterdam who wrote to all of the residents asking them to donate, that saved the warehouse and offices that had been their home. In 1957, the Anne Frank Foundation was established with the goal of opening the museum, and over the intervening years a number of restorations have been carried out to return the building to its 1940s state. Modern additions, such as plexiglass screens and an air conditioning system, preserve the valuable documentation and artefacts on display, and exhibition rooms and a cafe have also been opened in the building next door, to provide additional space to promote the museum’s messages of peace and justice.

The Frank family lived at Merwedeplein 37 from December 1933 to July 1942. Otto Frank continued to pay the rent until July 1943. The family hoped to come back to the apartment after the war, but they probably went out of money at this time. In 2004, the Ymere housing corporation, bought the property and restored the apartment in its original 1930s style in partnership with the Anne Frank House. They looked at photos and tried to get back to the old look. Since 2005 the apartment has been rented to the Dutch Foundation for literature, and serves as accommodation for writers from around the world who cannot express freely in their own countries. In 2006 the Ymere decided to let the Anne Frank House buy the apartment. “The Frank family’s former home on the Merwedeplein is inextricably linked with the legacy for which the Anne Frank House is responsible, the hiding place on the Prinsengracht and the original manuscripts of Anne Frank.” (Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House) Photo 1) Anne and Margot’s room, photo of Anne 1941 2) The living room, Margot is sitting in front of the stove, 1934 3) Anne and Margot is standing in front of the door in the living room, 1934. #annefrank #annafrank #anafrank #annfrank #margotfrank #annefrankhaus #annefrankhouse #annefrankmuseum #annefrankhuis #merwedeplein #merwedeplein37 #amsterdam #netherlands #thediaryofannefrank #annefrankdiary #1930sdesign

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More than one million people visit the museum each year, and the queues often seen wrapping around the block stand as a testament to the work Otto Frank did to protect his family and their legacy.


About the Author

Jo Cahill


Jo’s love of travel has taken her to far flung countries across the globe, and her love of books has seen her exploring even more distant times and places. Beyond the Lamp Post brings together these two passions, helping readers and travellers to explore the lives of their favourite authors and characters, through the places that inspired them.

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Comments 2

  1. We are delayed coming to our 1145 time slot we will be 5 mins late
    On our ticket we bought last night online for 2 people we see we only have 1 can we purchase 1 more on the door so me nad my wife can enter the Anne France museum we have come especially from England for this morning

    Kind regards
    Steve walshaw
    P.s we are in a cab on route eta 1150
    Plus we have one suitcase will that be a problem

    1. Post

      Hi Steve,

      I hope you and your wife managed to make it to see Anne Frank House. For future reference, the museum’s website is and they will be able to help you with inquiries about the museum directly.

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