Aug 01, 2018 2018-08-01
The Anne Frank House museum has partnered with Force Field VR to recreate the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding from July 6, 1942, until their arrest on the morning of August 4, 1944. Using cutting-edge visualization technology and extensive historical research, the end result opens up the experience to a wide audience in a fully immersive way. The real Secret Annex is empty; the furniture was removed by order of the Nazis after the arrest of the eight people in hiding. For the VR tour, all rooms are furnished in the style of the times to better approximate what it would have been like for Anne Frank and her family. Available in seven languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew), the experience is provided free of charge. It contains a straightforward tour and Story Mode, where the echo of Anne Frank’s diary entries imbue each room and piece of furniture with significant weight. The dust particles make the stark absence of the Annex’s inhabitants poignantly present, while quotes from Anne Frank’s diary narrate the experience. Students can step inside a moment of history with Anne Frank House VR on Rift, Oculus Go, and Gear VR.
Plus: At the Anne Frank House itself, the museum will offer Anne Frank House VR to mobility-impaired visitors, letting those who are unable to climb the stairs see the Secret Annex for themselves. Discussions are under way to use Anne Frank House VR for the museum’s educational programs, as well as for traveling exhibitions worldwide, beginning with the Anne Frank Center in New York.