People waiting to enter the Anne Frank House in 2008 (Massimo Catarinella/Wikimedia) - Credit: People waiting to enter the Anne Frank House in 2008 (Massimo Catarinella/Wikimedia)
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:37
Amsterdam's Anne Frank House looking to expand
The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam is buying up 20 student homes located next to the museum. The museum is expanding in order to cope with the enormous flow of visitors. "We have to do something, because more and more often we're dealing with a jam", Garance Reus-Deelder, director of the Anne Frank Foundation, said to Het Parool. The museum was rebuilt in 1999 to accommodate its then 800 thousand annual visitors. "But we have now grown to 1.2 million visitors. We are very happy about that, but for so many people the space we have is very limited." The Anne Frank House is buying up the 20 student apartments located in the space above the museum from housing corporation De Key. These apartments are short stay homes for exchange students or students with a contract for the duration of their study. With this extra space the museum can be arranged in a more practical manner.