The Anne Frank House is a museum where visitors are given the opportunity to personally envision what happened on this very spot.
The Secret Annex
The rooms of the Secret Annex have been maintained in their authentic state thanks to conscientious preservation activities. The rooms in the Secret Annex are empty, because the furniture was carted away directly after the arrest. Salvaged documents and objects belonging to the eight people in hiding are now displayed in the Secret Annex.
The canal-side of the house
The front part of the house, the place where the helpers worked and Otto Frank's former office, has been returned to the style and atmosphere of the hiding period. Thanks to this, visitors are provided with the opportunity to feel personally involved in what occurred at this location. The story is told using quotes from Anne's diary as a reference. Original objects, documents, and photographs that are on display in the exhibition serve in strengthening the personal account of the hiding period and of the deportation to the camps. Three short films place the personal story in a historical context.
Next door to the historic building
The old canal-side house at 265 Prinsengracht, next to Otto Frank's former office, has been renovated. Here, information is given about the diary and its significance. Anne Frank's original diaries and other writings are permanently on display. In the new part of the building is a temporary exhibition. Furthermore there is also a room for school groups, a bookshop and a museum café.