Amsterdam , 1/3/2013
In 2012 the Anne Frank House attracted 1,152,986 visitors, 48,388 more than the previous record of 2011. The museum welcomed its millionth visitor, 22-year-old Warren Peers from Brisbane, Australia, on 29 October 2012. The majority of visitors (more than 85%) come from outside of the Netherlands and are around the age of 30.
Ronald Leopold, executive director of the Anne Frank House: “I take pride in the fact that the museum received a record number of visitors for the third consecutive year. The more than 1.1 million people who found their way to the Anne Frank House rated our museum as above average. We are not only active in the Netherlands, but also in more than 35 countries worldwide with our travelling Anne Frank exhibitions and educational programmes. The story of Anne Frank remains of great importance, and we want all children, no matter where they live in the world, to have the opportunity to learn about her story.”
Many visitors visit the Anne Frank House during vacation periods, which often results in queues. Visitors with a smartphone can prepare themselves for their visit to the museum: the Anne Frank House provides visitors waiting in the queue with free WiFi access to its websites. This is particularly popular with foreign visitors. What is more, on rainy days visitors can borrow one of our umbrellas for shelter.
People who want to avoid any queues can buy a ticket via the internet. Increasing numbers of people are buying their entrance tickets online (almost 15% in 2012) and have immediate access to the museum at a reserved time. The museum has long opening hours and will again be open from 9 AM to 10 PM in the summer of 2013.