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The Corrie ten Boom House

19 Barteljorisstraat | North Holland, 2002 CE Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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Ranked #5 of 14 Attractions in Haarlem
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Specialty Museums
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The tour left me in tears. I am so moved by the courage of this family. The house is and many items are so well preserved and the story is told so well, that it's almost like touching this family through the years. I am in awe of their courage. I had read the book and when we visited Haarlem... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Visiting the home where this family risked, and ultimately sacrificed, so much for their friends and neighbors during the Nazi occupation is both sobering and encouraging. The Christian faith calls its followers to love others. This family really put their lives on the line to answer such a call. I recommend this visit highly.

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Mons, Belgium
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The house itself was interesting and the story of Corrie's family and their experiences was interesting since families like hers played such an important role in history. The memorabilia, standing in the hiding room and the personal stories were very moving. However, I was uncomfortable with the proselytizing spin the guide put on everything.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was my wife's favorite spot in the Netherlands even though we love Amsterdam. My wife had read "The Hiding Place" and we both have admired the courage Corrie ten Boom and her family showed in the face of Nazi atrocities. The highlight of the tour is, of course, the hiding place, where Jews were hidden while in transit. Unlike... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Having read "The Hiding Place" and seeing the movie, this was a must see for us. We got a tour of the Ten Boom house and got to stand in the secret room. It was a great place to visit and so real.

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Having read "The Hiding Place" as a teenager and having heard Corrie Ten Boom speak at a youth rally shortly before her death at the age of 91, I felt incredibly privileged to find myself sitting in her family's living room, hearing her story told so beautifully by our guide. The Ten Boom house is really easy to find from... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After visiting the Ten Boom House, I re-read the other negative reviews on here. Honestly, for a free tour/museum, it seems like there is a lot of griping on TA. The Ten Booms have a great story of putting others' needs in front of your own. The guide spoke from the belief viewpoint of the family, which seemed appropriate to... More

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Top Contributor
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76 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Our family recently spent 2 1/2 weeks in northern Europe visiting 7 countries, and this was one of my favorite visits. The simple authenticity of this tour was refreshing. We were taken on a tour that was limited to 20 people. Our guide took us to the family room of the house where we sat in a circle as he... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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230 reviews 230 reviews
115 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Imagine giving your life so others might be saved. This is what Corrie ten Boom's family did to save Jewish friends that would surely be killed by the Nazis. The tour guide Bittie (spelling?) did a marvelous job describing the times, as well as, the family and how they got to the point where they were willing to sacrifice their... More

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San Mateo, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

For those who know the Ten Boom story, the heavy focus on evangelical Christianity will not come as a surprise. (I am not a particularly religious person, but I read the book years ago, so I knew what was coming.) The guides, who are pleasant, are open about it from the get-go, but it can be off-putting for some. And... More

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