Located in the original building where Anne Frank, her family, and four other individuals hid from the Nazis from 1942 to 1944, guests to the Anne Frank House can see not only the hiding space but also Anne’s famous diary.
The museum was opened to the public in 1960 after the Anne Frank Foundation purchased the house in 1957. A 17 million Guilder restoration, and two more recent restorations mean that guests can explore the building more or less as it was during Anne’s time – including the pin-ups in her room and the pencil marks on the wall to record her and her sister’s height.
The museum is not only a memorial to Anne and her diary, but also a learning space about Anne, her family, and the Holocaust in general. With over a million visitors to the house each year, waiting times can be extremely long, even if you arrive early or later in the day. The best option is pre-purchase tickets online or at the tourist information office at Amsterdam Centraal Station. These tickets give you a set time for entry and allow you to enter via a special entrance to the left of the main entrance. Be aware, however, that there are a limited number of tickets per day, so you will still need to book well in advance.