The Anne Frank Huis draws more than one million visitors annually. With Anne’s melancholy bedroom and her actual diary – sitting alone in its glass case, filled with sunnily optimistic writing tempered by quiet despair – it’s a powerful experience. It's compulsory to choose a timeslot and prepurchase tickets online. Renovations until spring 2019 include a new Westermarkt entrance and extensions to the museum, but the house will remain open.
The focus of the museum is the achterhuis (rear house), also known as the Secret Annexe, a dark and airless space where the Franks and others observed complete silence during the daytime, outgrew their clothes, pasted photos of Hollywood stars on the walls and read Dickens, before being arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. Only Otto Frank, Anne’s father, survived.