A visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without seeing the Anne Frank House museum. This is the historical site where Ann, along with her family and others, hid for more than 2 years. Her father, Otto Frank, had the location preserved in its original state. Despite some renovations, the core of the museum, the Secret Annex, has remained in authentic condition.
Anyone who has read Annes diary will find the visit often evokes powerful emotions. We were struck by how silent the visitors to the museum were, as if entering a sanctuary.
A visit to the Anne Frank House lasts around one hour. There are no tours or guides. A tour brochure with background information about the different rooms in the museum is available at the entrance.
In general, the museum is open 7 days a week, 9:00 until 9:00 pm unless noted below.
January 1st - 12:00 am - 7:00 pm.
January 2nd - March 14th until 7:00 pm.
March 15th - June 30th Saturdays until 10:00 pm.
July and August until 10:00 pm.
September 1st - September 14th Saturdays until 10:00 pm.
September 15th - December 30th until 7:00 pm.
December 31st until 5:00 pm.
Thirty minutes prior to closing.
Exceptions in 2010:
Closed on April 28.
May 4: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm.
Closed on Yom Kippur. In 2010, on September 18.
November 6: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
December 25: 12 noon - 5:00 pm.
Admission Prices 2010
[size="3"][font="Times New Roman"]Adults: euro 8,50
Age 10-17: euro 4,-
Age 0-9: free
When looking at the site this morning, they have a section that lets you know what happened to the 8 people who were in hiding. I was struck by how quickly they all died, with the exception of Otto Frank, so soon after they were taken. If only they could have held on for another month or two, they would have been liberated. So tragic.
We just returned from Amsterdam on 3/10 of this month. We visited the Anne Frank Haus on 3/9. It was such an eye-opening experience. I have read her diary several times but until you actually visit the house where the writings took place and see how the families were forced to function on a daily basis, it is hard to understand just what they went through.
We walked through the house viewing all it had to offer. Apparently, our emotions built up inside of us because an overwhelming since of pity and helplessness came over both my husband and I, as the fate of the families, and especially Anne, hit us extremely hard in the last room of the house. Seeing firsthand that Anne would have been liberated only one month after her death was heartbreaking. I know the writings must have been a blessing for sole suvivor Otto Frank.
August 24, 2010
(JTA) -- New life is springing from Anne Frank’s tree after the 150-year-old chestnut tree was toppled by a storm Aug. 23.
The day after the storm, a green shoot was seen growing from its splintered trunk, according to the Associated Press.
Helga Fassbinder of the Support Anne Frank Tree foundation told reporters that the trunk will be left where it fell, so the shoot growing out of healthy wood on one side can flourish.
A global campaign to save the rotting tree was launched in 2007 after city officials deemed it a safety hazard. City workers caged the trunk in a steel structure to protect it, but this week’s storm proved too strong. Anne Frank made several references to the tree in her famous diary, which she kept for the two years she and her family hid in the attic. She died at Bergen-Belsen in March 1945.
The museum website has now added a 3-D view of the house, linked with stories from her diary. It takes a moment to load, so be patient. Great for those of us who have visited to be able to have a second look - as well as for those who may not get a chance to go. http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/