From hiding place to museum - The history of the Anne Frank House (6)

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Anne Frank Huis. Bezoekers bekijken de maquette van het huis.
Anne Frank House. Visitors looking at the model of the house.
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Anne Frank House is often a busy place. This is especially true in the summer months, when long queues of visitors stretch around the block. Public interest in Anne Frank House has grown steadily since its inception in 1960. From just a few thousand visitors in the first years after opening, the annual number of museum goers has reached nearly a million today.

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at the Anne Frank House since 1960

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In 1967, Anne Frank House received a record 100,000 visitors. This total climbed to 250,000 in 1975. Just ten years later, the museum opened its doors to a half a million people. By 2007, it had reached the million mark.

But, who are these visitors?

The overwhelming majority of visitors, around 90%, are foreign tourists. Many people visiting Amsterdam consider Anne Frank House as a must-see stop on their itinerary. The reason for this is the diary’s worldwide renown. Children the world over hear about Anne's story, her diary and her time in hiding in the Secret Annexe while at school. The diary is often used to teach about the Holocaust and the Second World War. 

Twee bezoeksters, jaren zestig Rondvaartboot en groep mensen voor de deur

This is reflected in the age of the average visitor to Anne Frank House, which is considerably younger than many other Amsterdam museums. Nearly two-thirds of the museum’s visitors are under the age of thirty (2008 statistic).

Meisjes voor de plaatjeswand van Annes kamer
Girls in front of Anne's picture wall inside her attic room.

For many, a visit to Anne Frank House proves to be an educational or formative experience. It is a history lesson on the Second World War and the Holocaust learned neither in the classroom nor from books, but in the place where it happened, bringing history to life.

Amsterdamse scholieren voor het Anne Frank Huis
Pupils from a school in Amsterdam in front of Anne Frank House.

Included among the museum’s visitors are frequent school trips from Germany. The Group Visits Department hosts educational tours in many different languages.

Although surveys show that the average visitor to Anne Frank House is young, western and unmarried with no children, the pictures below illustrate that there are still plenty of visitors who do not fit the mould.

Groep Japanse ouderen voor het Anne Frank Huis Groep Kenianen voor het Anne Frank Huis Indiase familie voor het Anne Frank Huis Orthodox Joodse familie voor het Anne Frank Huis
1. Group of Japanese seniors in front of Anne Frank House; 2. Group of Kenyans in front of Anne Frank House; 3. Indian family in front of Anne Frank House; 4. Orthodox Jewish family in front of Anne Frank House.

Saved from demolition Building is saved

The building at Prinsengracht 263 and the properties adjacent to it were in a dilapidated state after the war.

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Juli 1968, zomerconferentie

International Youth Centre Otto Frank’s dream

Otto Frank’s vision for Anne Frank House was to turn it into an international youth centre.

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Renovation, expansion and conservation Restoration and transformation

After its initial restoration and opening in 1960, Anne Frank House has undergone two major additional renovations...

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Minister Ronald Plasterk kijkt met belangstelling naar een getrouwe kopie van het dagboek van Anne Frank

All original writings on display Famous manuscripts

Among the items on display inside Anne Frank House are the original diaries and samples of other writing that Anne produced…

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Fototentoonstelling over Vietnamoorlog, jaren zestig

Informative exhibitions Social issues

Since its opening to the public, the Anne Frank House has proven itself to be much more than a historic museum.

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Anne Frank Huis. Bezoekers bekijken de maquette van het huis.
Anne Frank House. Visitors looking at the model of the house.

Visitors over the years

Anne Frank House is often a busy place...

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Anne Frank Huis. Eerste ruimte van de museumroute. 
Anne Frank House. First room of the museum route.

More history? Educational role

Although much has changed since Anne Frank House first opened its doors in 1960, a lot has remained the same...

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