Anne Frank House

Photo by Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

Over a million people visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam each year, but on Friday the museum opened its doors to a celebrity (19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber, to be exact) and controversy followed.

Prior to a concert in Arnhem in the Netherlands, Beiber toured the home where Anne Frank spent 2 years hiding from the Nazis during World War II and wrote her world-famous diary. However, it was his guestbook message that set the Internet on fire.

For its part, the Anne Frank House released a short statement on its Facebook page earlier today gracious for Bieber’s visit and encouraging renewed interest in the museum and Anne Frank’s story.

“The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary.”

Controversy aside, if you haven’t visited the Anne Frank House, it’s an intimate, moving experience to step behind the bookshelf into the secret annex.

If you feel inspired to plan a trip to Amsterdam, Bourdain’s travel guide is a good place to start.

3 Responses

  1. jocuri says:

    Upon further investigation, CBS LA reports that one person was arrested today (Jan. 14) at Justin Bieber’s home for cocaine possession, which was unrelated to the alleged egg-throwing incident. According to authorities, the drugs found were in plain sight of the detectives. TMZ reports it was Bieber’s friend, Lil Za, who was arrested while wearing a shirt that that appears to read EGG$.

  2. I went to the Anne Frank House, house was luxuries and unique constructed. I want my house me look like that. I have read college papers about this house more info. Thanks for sharing this article.

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