The Anne Frank House, a museum with a story
The Anne Frank House is made up of the former business premises of Otto Frank, including the secret annexe, together with a new building next door. The original building has as far as possible been kept in its original condition. In the museum, quotations from the diary, photos, films and original artefacts illustrate the events that took place in the hiding place. Download our museum guide in a language of your choice before you visit.
The rooms in the secret annexe have been left unfurnished. Shortly after the arrest, the possessions of the people in hiding were taken away. It was Otto Frank’s wish that the house should not be reconstructed as it was. The empty rooms symbolise the emptiness left by the millions of people who were taken away and never returned. But there are documents and objects belonging to the people in hiding on display, such as the bookcase concealing the secret door and the pictures that Anne put up in her room.
Since 2010, all of Anne Frank’s original manuscripts have been on display in the museum. The famous diary with its checked cover and Anne’s other diary papers are on permanent exhibition. Visitors can also see Anne’s ‘Favourite Quotes Notebook’ and her ‘Tales Book’ of short stories she made up herself.
In the museum’s new building an interactive exhibition can be seen, as well as a temporary exhibition on Anne Frank. At the end of the route visitors can have a drink in the café or visit the bookshop.
Anne Frank House
1016 GV Amsterdam
The Anne Frank House is situated in the centre of Amsterdam. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from the Central Station to the museum. Trams 13, 14 and 17 and buses 170, 172 and 174 stop nearby, at the ‘Westermarkt’ stop.