Amsterdam Anne Frank House Excursion Reviews
We didn't book ahead and that was a mistake. The line was very long, even on a week-day, and the crowd inside was slow from room to room. In spite of this, the experience was moving and extremely informative.
If you wish to visit this place, it is recommended to make your booking well in advance on the Anne Frank House website. Since we did not have time to do that (all reservations were taken one month before our cruise date!), our only option was to stand in line to wait for entry. We arrived in the early morning and waited in line about one hour. Arriving later in the day would necessitate a longer wait.
Some people might find this visit a bit "heavy," since it deals with a historical period that makes many uncomfortable. However, it is well worth while for those who wish to know more about Anne Frank and her family, and to see the places where they lived for a few years while The Netherlands was under German occupation. The accompanying museum has many features unavailable elsewhere, including video interviews of some of the Dutch people who helped the Frank family remain in their hiding place.
If you wish to visit this museum, it is highly advised to book in advance via the Internet. By the time I learned this, it was too close to our cruise for me to make the arrangements (no tickets were available online for our dates). So, my wife and I got in line by 8:00 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. opening. If you go later in the day, the line (and wait) is much longer.
To get the greatest benefit from the visit, you should read Anne Frank's Diary beforehand.
Visitors climb steep stairs to see the family's "secret annex," as well as the company offices on the lower floors. Displays show how the rooms were furnished during the Frank family's stay. The museum has purchased the neighboring building to facilitate moving through the Frank house, and to provide more space for special exhibits. Among the most important are oral histories by the Dutch people who helped the Frank family. This is as much a shrine as it is a museum.