The Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House, located on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank, who hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the building. As well as the preservation of the hiding place known in Dutch as the Achterhuis and an exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, the museum acts as an exhibition space to highlight all forms of persecution and discrimination.
It opened on 3 May 1960 with the aid of public subscription, three years after a foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block.
The house and the one next door at number 265, which was later purchased by the museum was built by Dirk van Delft in 1635.
Visiting the Anne Frank House
It is easy to understand from the history of the Anne Frank House why a visit here is one of the most powerful experiences that guests can have in Amsterdam or anywhere for that matter. A trip to the city would not be complete without a stop at this quintessential museum. With that being said, there are a few things to keep in mind as you are planning your trip:
- The museum exhibitions are intertwined throughout the actual house that Anne Frank and her family hid in as well as a separate exhibition hall. One ticket will give access to both the house and the Museum.
- Tickets are only available for purchase online and should be bought as early as possible as they usually sell out. Tickets are for a particular day and time slot. Tickets are released for purchase 2 months in advance of the date of your visit. If the slot you were hoping for is sold out, all hope is not lost! A smaller batch of tickets are released for each day on the morning of - check early and you may get lucky.
- There are strict guidelines as to the size of bags you may bring into the house. There is a cloakroom, but there is not space to check larger bags. These should be left at hotels or hostels or checked at the drop and go at Amsterdam central station
- You should budget at least an hour to 90 minutes to walk through the house.
- In the past, the Anne Frank House was known for a very long line that could sometimes stretch around the block. This has largely been alleviated now that tickets must be purchased online and in advance.
- Photography of any kind is not permitted in the Anne Frank House. Leave your camera at home!
- There are many stairs throughout the Anne Frank House and Secret Annex portions of the museum, so these are not accessible for those who cannot climb stairs. The rest of the museum, however is accessible. More information can be found on the website
Adults € 10
Young people, 10-17 years € 5
Children up to 9 years - free!
There is a € 0,50 booking fee per ticket
The Closest metro station is the Central station.
Line 13, 14 or 17 to the
20-minute walk from Central Station.
November 1 through March 31
Daily from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturdays from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm).
April 1 through October 31
Daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Hours may be adjusted on holidays and during holiday seasons, for most up to date information, check the website