Anne Frank House is today a Museum, but it once served as home to the struggling families during WWII.
Anne Frank Huis is one of the most popular sights to visit in Amsterdam.
The Museum lets you experience the times described in the diary of the young girl, Anne Frank.
It also displays touching exhibits about the persecution and discrimination Jews went through.
1. How to reach?
2. Opening hours
3. Duration of visit
4. Anne Frank House tickets
5. Anne Frank House tours
6. Inside Anne Frank Museum
7. Must See in Museum
8. Tripadvisor Reviews
9. Visiting with kids
Where is Anne Frank House?
The Anne Frank house is situated in the city center of Amsterdam.
The museum is at Prinsengracht 263-367.
The entrance to the house is around the corner, at Westmarkt 20.
The Anne Frank House is close to the Westerkerk, the church whose bells are well described in Anne’s diary.
How to reach Anne Frank House?
The Anne Frank House is well connected by multiple transportation systems.
Nearest Metro Station
You can reach the Anne Frank House by taking a Metro up to the Dam square (Green marker). After the Metro, walk further for 15 minutes to reach the museum.
Another way to reach the Anne Frank House is by taking the Metro up to Central Station (Red marker) and waking further for 20 minutes.
The Anne Frank House is well connected by the tram routes from around the city as well.
Tram routes 13, 14 and 17 will drop you at Westermarkt.
The stop is announced as ‘Westermarkt’ and ‘Anne Frank House’ for the convenience of the tourists.
Buses 170, 172 and 174 will drop you at the Westermarkt.
Anne Frank House hours
The Anne Frank Museum stays open around the year.
However, the opening and closing time of the museum varies according to the season.
The Museum closes on 19th Sep on the occasion of Yom Kippur
From April 1 to October 31
It is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm
From November 1 to March 31
It is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm
On Saturdays Anne Frank House hours are from 9 am to 9 pm
Apart from the above-listed timings, the Museum has exceptions on below listed days –
1 Jan: 12 pm to 10 pm
4 May: 9 am to 7 pm
July & Aug: 8.30 am to 10 pm
18 Sep: 9 am to 7 pm
3 Nov: 9 am to 6 pm
25 and 31 Dec: 9 am to 5 pm
The last entry allowed in the museum is 30 minutes before the closing time.
Duration of Anne Frank Museum tour
The Anne Frank Museum gives a chance to its visitors to step into the life of Anne both factually and emotionally.
The Museum offers a distinctive and emotionally charged history. Hence, there is no imposed time limit for your visit.
However, a complete tour around the Anne Frank House will last for 60 to 80 minutes.
Apart from the museum, Anne Frank House also has its own café and bookstore which will require extra time.
However, you can find many books online on websites like Amazon and save your time at the House.
Anne Frank Museum tickets
To absorb the story of the young girl at Anne Frank House, you must buy tickets prior to your visit.
These tickets give you access to all the publicly presented exhibits. Also a chance to see how families resided in ‘Secret Annexes’ during the WWII.
How to get Anne Frank House tickets
The tickets for Anne Frank House are not sold at the sight.
You can buy the tickets only at the official website of the Anne Frank House.
The Anne Frank House can only be visited with an online ticket for a specific date and time.
You can book your tickets for Anne Frank House on its website, two months before your visit.
This Amsterdam attraction is in demand, and that’s why we recommend you plan your visit to the Anne Frank House well in advance.
Same day Anne Frank House tickets
Every day’s 80% of the tickets are sold in advance and the rest 20% are sold as same-day tickets.
The same day tickets of Anne Frank House are released on the official website when the day begins at midnight.
The surest way to book your tickets at your preferred time slot is to book a few weeks in advance.
The next best approach is to try and book the same day ticket, early in the morning, on the day of your visit.
Anne Frank House ticket price
Prices for the Anne Frank House tickets differ according to the type of tourist. The ticket prices are –
Adult ticket (18+ years): € 10
Youth ticket (10 to 17 years): € 5
Child ticket (0 to 9 years): Free entry
A booking fee of Euro 0.50 is added to the price of every ticket.
These tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Hence, plan well before going ahead and making the purchase.
Anne Frank House tours
The Anne Frank House today, is home to the original notebook of Anne Frank. It is also home to a lot of emotions and stories which can only be brought to life by an expert story-teller.
To fully absorb the charged history offered by the Anne Frank Museum, a guided tour is highly recommended.
Note: Both the tour tickets shared below will reach your email, within ten minutes of purchase. You don’t have to take printouts. You can just show the tickets in your email, on your smartphone to join the tour.
1. Two-hour History of Anne Frank walking tour
This is a group tour of the neighborhood Anne Frank grew up in.
This tour ticket doesn’t get you entry into the Anne Frank House.
Instead, it promises you the experience of Anne’s world before she was forced to live in a ‘Secret Annex’.
The 2-hour tour also narrates you the story of Anne Frank’s diary and how it came to be published.
You can choose from the different time slots available for the tour.
If you want the same Anne Frank neighborhood experience, but for your private group of friends or family, check out this tour.
2. Anne Frank and Jewish Cultural Quarter tour
You start this tour with a visit to the Jewish Cultural Quarter, to understand the Jewish life and culture.
You then visit the Anne Frank House’s neighborhood with a guide, who narrates interesting stories and anecdotes.
The guide directs you through the streets where Anne Frank walked before she was forced to live underground.
This 4-hour tour promises you a complete history of Anne Frank’s life and the story of her diary and its publication.
Adult (18+ years): 36 Euros
Youth (13 to 17 years): 30 Euros
Children (6-12 years): 25.75 Euros
Inside Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House is more than just a museum.
It narrates a story of its own as you proceed through the museum.
Here is what you get to see inside Anne Frank’s house –
1. The Main House and the Annex
The building originally housed Otto Frank’s business. The building has two parts: the main house and the annex.
The annex is where Otto Frank’s family, which included 13-year-old Anne Frank, hid from the Nazis.
The family lived in this house for two years, before they were found and sent to concentration camps.
2. Anne Frank’s Room
Anne’s room’s walls were filled with pictures. This was an attempt by Anne to lighten up the atmosphere during hard times.
Anne Frank shared her room with Fritz Pfeffer, a German dentist. Their age gap resulted in differing views and heated arguments.
Fritz Pfeffer gets mentioned in Anne Frank’s diary as ‘Albert Dussel.’
3. Diary Room
Anne Frank received the iconic diary as a gift on her 13th birthday on 12 June 1942.
However, back then, she had no idea that her family will be forced to go into hiding within a month.
In this room, you will see the original red-checked diary owned by Anne Frank.
In the secret annex, Anne started writing in notebooks after finishing with her diary.
In March 1944, Anne Frank rewrote her diary to submit it to the Government. Even after all the pain, she dreamt of becoming a famous writer and journalist.
The rewritten version is present in 215 loose sheets of paper, displayed alternately in the museum.
Apart from this, two other notebooks are displayed in the Anne Frank Museum.
In her ‘Favourite Quotes Book’, Anne Frank noted down quotes she liked the most.
In her ‘Tales Book,’ she wrote short stories she could come up with.
Must see in the Anne Frank House
There are four must-sees in the Anne Frank Museum.
1. The Hinged bookcase, entrance to the Secret Annex
The Secret Annex was completed with a hinged bookcase as door to the Annex.
Behind this hinged bookcase was a small hiding place accommodating 8 people.
2. Anne Frank’s Diary
Anne Frank’s original red-checked diary is on display at the Museum.
The diary has daily log of Anne’s life portraying hardships faced by the Jews.
The diary is today well preserved and available to the visitors.
3. Height marks of Anne Frank and Margot Frank
Like any other growing child’s, Anne and Margot Frank’s parents also marked their daughter’s heights on their bedroom wall.
These marks show that in the time of two years, Margot grew 1 centimeter whereas, Anne grew over 13 centimeters.
4. Map of Normandy
While in the secret annex, Otto Frank kept a map of Normandy. On this map, he marked how far the allied forces have advanced. He marked these updates with pins on the map.
Anne Frank House reviews
For most tourists, the Anne Frank House is an intensely moving and emotional experience.
Though the times have changed now, yet the vivid history captured in the walls of the House still remain.
Here are two reviews of the Anne Frank Museum, which we thought you must read:
Anne Frank House & Museum
Worthwhile experience to see what Anne Frank, her family & the others hiding in the annex went through. She did not die, she was murdered for who she was, a Jew. Let love reign in our hearts & lives. Anne’s words offer us hope, even in these times. More
Though provoking attraction
We visited on a Sunday morning after persisting in trying to buy on-the-day tickets online. It took 90 minutes but was well worth it. The museum is respectful to the Frank family and their friends. A reminder of the struggles of those who have gone before us, sensitively handled.
Also on a less serious note, the apple pie served in the cafe at the end of the tour is delicious(!). More
Anne Frank House with young kids
For young minds, a visit to Anne Frank House is not only a new experience but also very educational.
While visiting with young children, it is advisable to prepare them with some background information.
Once you have appraised them of what they are going to witness, kids will have a chance to not only enjoy the exhibition but also relate to it.
You can refer to many websites and videos present online to familiarise young ones with the history of Otto Frank’s family.
You can also find a large number of books online, on the history of Jews.
In fact, if your child gets to read Anne Frank’s book titled ‘The Diary of a Young Girl,’ it is the best preparation.
While preparing the young ones, you must also prepare yourself for the questions.