I have read The Diary of Anne Frank several times and read the play in middle school and have always been drawn to Anne's story. Finally getting the opportunity to see the annex was memorable and haunting. Something that always stuck in my mind was how Anne plastered magazine pictures to the walls to make it more like her room and I did this in my own room as 14-15 year old girl. It gave me a connection to her as a young girl and helped me gain an understanding of the horrors of what happened to people no different from myself. Therefore seeing those pictures she hung up really made an imprint on me. The whole experience was what I had hoped for and I will never forget it!
The best advice I can give is to get tickets online ahead of time for the first time available (the day we went was 9:00am). There was nobody there before us and only a tour group that came right after us. When we came out there was a line all the way around the corner and after we went through the house and were in the cafe we saw how crowded it was in the museum room. By getting tickets online at the earliest time we not only surpassed the extremely long line everybody writes about, but we also got to go through the rooms in a less crowded atmosphere!
No pictures allowed inside but they do sell beautiful postcards. The diary pieces shown are replicas if you look at the small print on the signs, but it is understandable that they want to preserve the artifacts.
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