on January 10, 2011
I read the diary of Anne Frank whilst at school and it really touched me so the first time I ever visited Amsterdam Ann Frank's house was right up at the top of my list of places that I had to visit. The secret annexe where Anne and her family lived for 2 years in almost total silence can be found on Prinsengracht 263 and is well served by the trams that run throughout the city and is easily fund thanks to the crowds who are always in the area visiting this famous sight. You enter the museum in the building next door to the original annexe and you start off in the downstairs of the warehouse where Anne lived and here there is an exhibit which shows what it was like to be a Jew in Nazi occupied Holland. I found this difficult to view and although it isn't large it does a good job with showing you the cruelity of what prejudice can do. Upstairs is where the secret annexe is located and this was definately the highlight for me and probably for everyone else who visits the museum. The bookcase that hid the annexe is there and just seeing this made me already uncomfortable and when we entered the actual room where Anne and everyone else hid I was immediately stuck with just how small it was. Although I had read the diary actually seeing the room in the flesh made it more real somehow and I couldn't help but to feel for those poor people. I couldn't stay in the room for too long as I found it incredibly claustophobic and sad, the museum has tried to keep the room as authentic as possible and they have to be admired for keeping this piece of history for everyone to see. Outside the annexe you can view the death certificates of all the people who lived in the room and some other exhibits icluding some interactive exhibits where you can get more information on the house and the people who lived in the room. There is also a replica of the actual diary Anne used. The Anne Frank museum was a definate must see, it isn't exactly a fun museum but what it lacks in entertainment it more than makes up for in being a slice of modern history and it really makes you think and appreciate the freedom we have.
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