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Jul 12 2013

A Museum with a Story

I remember reading Anne Frank’s Diary as a child and, at the time, I was a similar age to her when she wrote the diary.  I think that, along with the fact that it was a true story, and she was such a talented  writer at that age, it really resonated with me.  I just couldn’t imagine being cooped up as she was for that length of time and being prevented from doing all the things I was able to enjoy at the same age.  Writing obviously became an important outlet for her, as she mentioned in her diary on 5 April 1944:

When I write I can shake off all my cares.  My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!

So, I had always wanted to visit the Anne Frank House Museum but, until this year, I had just never managed to get there.

I wasn’t expecting to go to Amsterdam but, when the opportunity arose, I decided that this was my chance to finally visit the place I had read about so long ago. For some reason, I couldn’t reserve my ticket online for the next day so I decided to go and just queue up.  I had heard that going later in the day might be better so that’s what I did. I made my way there at about 5.30pm and joined the line of people waiting to get in.

I hadn’t read the book since my childhood but it all came flooding back to me as I walked around the museum.  It was a bit surreal, in a way, to finally be there and see what I had only read about so long ago, especially when I got to this point which is this week’s Foto Friday.

The movable bookcase in the Anne Frank House Museum

This is the original movable bookcase that was used to conceal the door to the annexe to give further protection to the eight people hiding, as Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 21 August 1942…

Now our Secret Annexe has truly become secret.  Mr Krugler thought it would be better to have a bookcase built in front of the entrance to our hiding place

The Anne Frank House truly is ‘a museum with a story’; a story of a very talented and brave girl in extremely difficult circumstances and it serves as a reminder of the way things were at that time.

Whether or not you have read the book, this museum is definitely worth queuing up for.

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

2 comments

  1. Cathy Sweeney

    Anne Frank House was a must-see for me when I was in Amsterdam. It’s chilling to think about what she and her family went through. I read her diary when I was young, too, and it really made a lasting impact. Good tip for your readers about going later in the day. That’s what I did and it was also helpful that it was raining– so the line wasn’t long.

  2. independenttravelhelp.com

    Hi Cathy.

    ‘Chilling’ is a accurate description; it certainly sent chills through my body when I thought about what they had to endure. Well done for queuing in the rain! I have to say that I’m glad it wasn’t raining on the day I was there but I got chatting to a guy in the queue which helped time pass quicker.

    Teresa 🙂

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