Anne Frank’s House, Amsterdam
The exteriors had a very modern finish with big metallic and glass sheets. The modern façade looked more like a museum than like a house. The interiors were all bare rooms with lot of photographs of those years when Anne Franks and her family lived here in hiding. Many details are shown through photographs, how the beds were kept, the study tables, kitchen. It is better this way; the display of furniture of those days would make the movement of tourists inside the rooms difficult. There were audio and video displays too, many interviews of their various friends who helped them. People heard and saw them in silence.
Anne Frank’s story is an important history lesson. A girl of just fifteen years who really hadn’t seen much yet her thoughts that she jotted down in the years of hiding speaks volumes. My daughters found it hard to comprehend all this actually happened. I was surprised and touched to see them silent throughout the tour, reading and trying to grasp in every detail.