We visited the Corrie ten Boom museum on the recommendation of friends, and am so glad that we did.
The museum is located above the old jewellers shop that has been in the Ten Boom family for years (Corrie ten Boom was herself a watch repairer).
There is a side door on which is posted the next time for the tours (both Dutch and English speaking tours are available). Everyone must wait outside until the tour is due to begin and then at the appointed time you are ushered in and taken upstairs by the volunteer tour-guide into the old parlour room. The tour guide then tells you the history of the Ten Boom family and shows you family photographs finishing with the story of their involvement in the Dutch resistance movement during the World War 2.
After the talk you are taken up to Corrie's bedroom where the "hiding place" is still in existance (you can go into it), and then up onto the roof over which people escaped. You are then shown more photographs and told of her work after the war in another one of the bedrooms.
The tour finishes in the dining room where there is the opportunity to buy books and leave a donation (no hard sell for either).
The whole thing was a wonderful experience, run by volunteers and is free (although a donation of 2.50 Euros is suggested on the website, but not at any time during the tour).
It is well worth the visit (and the rest of Haarlem is lovely too). The story definitely is worth repeating, as my Dutch friend said:
"Anne Frank gets a lot of publicity for hiding herself away and writing a diary, Corrie ten Boom did not need to hide herself but put herself at risk by hiding and assisting others".
This is an authentic tribute to a courageous woman who survived the war (including 2 years in Ravensbruck concentration camp), and to the rest of her family who sadly did not.
If you're in Holland you should visit this place!
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