April 28th, 2006 | Last updated: September 17th, 2013
Just over 60 years ago, during World War II, Amsterdam was occupied territory, forcing Jews like Anne Frank and her family to go into hiding.
The Anne Frank House, the place where Anne wrote her diary – and where the original is on display – tells the history of the eight people who hid there, and of those who helped them.
The original building has been restored and looks the way it did during the Second World War. The building next door — with the type of modern facade that looks completely out of place in this neighborhood of picturesque houses — includes an exhibition on racial repression.
The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam’s most popular tourist destinations. For the better part of the year huge lines form outside. The average waiting time during spring and summer months is 60 minutes — and at peak time3 1½ hours. In the fall and winter months waiting times may be as short at 30 minutes.
It’s a good idea to bring some snacks and something to drink. If you forgot to do so, you can buy something from the expensive canal-side kiosk. But just on the other side of the church — and across from the bus and tram stop — is an Albert Heijn supermarket.
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.
Address and Contact Information
Anne Frank House
Prinsengracht 267 [Google Map]
Phone: 020 556-7105 [Amsterdam phone info]
How to get there
The Anne Frank House is just north of the Westerkerk, the church whose bells Anne wrote about. Tram 13, 14 an 17, and bus 21, 170, 171 and 172 stop at Westermarkt – which is a 10-15 minute walk from Dam square.
Daily from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
March 15 through September 14
from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
Thirty minutes prior to closing.
January 1: 12 noon – 7:00 PM.
May 4: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
June 24: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
December 21: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
December 25: 12 noon – 5:00 PM.
December 31: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Closed on Yom Kippur.
In 2006, on Monday October 2.
Also in This Area
The Anne Frank House is located in the Western Canal Belt. Across the canal, the Prinsengracht, one can see the Jordaan – one of Holland’s most popular neighborhoods. South of the Westerkerk, across the Rozengracht thoroughfare, is the so-called ‘Nine Streets’ shopping district.
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