Anne Frank House: The Amsterdam Historic Mansion
Attractions | 14.02.2020
Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis) tells the story of a little Jewish girl who lived only 16 years but became a true legend. Here, in this house, from 1942 to 1944, Anne and her family were hiding from the Nazis, so as not to be driven into concentration camps.
About Anne Frank House
The name of Anne Frank became well known in the whole world after the publication of her diary "Het Achterhuis". This name can be translated from Dutch as "In the back of the house", in the Russian version – "Shelter". Day after day, the girl described the tragic events and the life of Jewish illegal immigrants. The museum named after her tells about one of the most tragic episodes of the world history – the Holocaust.
Anne, with her parents and the elder sister, moved from German Frankfurt am Main to Amsterdam in 1933. But here they did not manage to escape from Nazism: the city was occupied by Nazi troops in 1940. The persecution of persons of Jewish nationality immediately began; attempts to emigrate were unsuccessful. In 1942, after receiving a summons to send the elder sister to the so-called "labor camp", the family decided to hide.
The old mansion on Prinsengracht embankment at different times served as a residential building, a warehouse, and an industrial building. Here, the head of the family Otto Frank worked at the jam additives company. With the help of his colleagues, he arranged a hiding place, the only passage into which was blocked by a bookcase. Soon, four more people joined the Frank family. It was cramped in the room, people must not make noise and go outside, because the company continued to work outside the walls. Sympathizers provided residents with food, books and news about the outside world. To somehow brighten up the days in closure, Anne began to keep her diary, which her father gave her for her thirteen's birthday. The girl addresses her notes to her fictional friend Kitty.

In August 1944, a secret shelter was uncovered, all those hiding were arrested and exiled to Nazi concentration camps. Anne, her sister and their mother were sent to the Bergen-Belsen Women's Labor Camp, where they died in 1945. Anne's father, Otto Frank, ended up in a camp for men. He became the only survivor of the secret shelter and was liberated by Russian troops from Auschwitz.
Friends convinced Otto to publish the diary that he managed to save from the Nazis before his arrest. In June 1947, 3,000 copies of "Het Achterhuis" were published. Later, the book was translated into about 70 languages and adapted for the stage and movie. People all over the world got acquainted with the history of Anna, and in 1960 the shelter turned into a museum – the Anne Frank House.

The museum exhibited the original diary, portraits of Anne and her family, documents and objects of that time. Authentic surroundings are recreated there. Two other notebooks of Anna are available to the visitors – with quotes written by her and invented fairy tales.

The museum is located in the center of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht, 263-267. Working hours: from November 1 to April 1 – from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., from April 1 to November 1 – from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It is convenient to get to the museum by tram number 13 or number 17 to the Westermarkt stop. Walking from the Central Station also does not take much time – less than 20 minutes along the embankments of the picturesque canals.
Tickets are only sold online for a specific day and time. You should buy them at least a few days in advance – there are always a lot of visitors in the museum. An adult ticket to the exhibition costs 10.50 euros, a visit accompanied by a guide costs 15 euros.
Do you know?
  • More than 300 performances a year are held as part of the international traveling exhibition "Anne Frank – a history for today", which travels the world and tells the story of a little Jewish girl.
  • The film "Anne Frank Diary", which was released in 1959, received three Oscars ("Best Supporting Actress", "Best Cinematography", "Best Artist Work").
  • The diary has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 2009 – the UN program for the protection of world documentary heritage.
  • Anne Frank House creates educational materials and organizes seminars about Anne Frank, World War II, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, prejudice and much more.
What to see nearby?
Just opposite the Anne Frank House, through the canal, the Amsterdam Cheese Museum (Prinsengracht, 112) is located. Here you can learn more about Dutch cheese, see the most expensive slice and taste local delicacies.

Look at the Westerkerk temple – here Rembrandt found his final resting place. Admiring the beautiful views, climb the 186 steps to the bell tower (8 euros). The spire of the church is 85 meters high – the highest church spire in Amsterdam.
Let's face it, you wanted to look into the houseboats in Amsterdam and see how the locals live? A 10-minute walk from the museum along Prinsengracht, 296 K, the Houseboat Museum is moored. It is located on the former cargo ship Hendrika Maria, built in 1914. The cargo compartment has been converted into a comfortable living space of 80 m2, with all amenities. Homeowner Vincent van Loon will tell you about where the water comes from and where it goes, how the ship is supplied with electricity and how it feels to live on board. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., visiting costs 4.50 euros.
Let's face it, you wanted to look into the houseboats in Amsterdam and see how the locals live? A 10-minute walk from the museum along Prinsengracht, 296 K, the Houseboat Museum is moored. It is located on the former cargo ship Hendrika Maria, built in 1914. The cargo compartment has been converted into a comfortable living space of 80 m2, with all amenities. Homeowner Vincent van Loon will tell you about where the water comes from and where it goes, how the ship is supplied with electricity and how it feels to live on board. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., visiting costs 4.50 euros.
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