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“Picture-Perfect” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Corrie ten Boom House

The Corrie ten Boom House
19 Barteljorisstraat | North Holland, 2002 CE Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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Ranked #6 of 14 attractions in Haarlem
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Specialty Museums
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Springboro, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Picture-Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

Haarlem was a late addition to our Holland itinerary. We didn't know if it would make the cut or not but it was on our way home. Boy, are we glad we stopped! The architecture is stunning, the restaurants and shops are marvelous, and our experience there was a highlight of our Holland Adventure.

We loved the Grote Markt and the varied architectural styles surrounding the square. Sint Bavo is a real jewel and will be in my Top Five Churches in Europe list. The most moving part of our trip was our visit to the tenBoomhuis, home of Corrie ten Boom and her family, who worked with the Dutch resistance during WWII. Our guide told the story of the home in such a way that every single person in our tour group, from 2 to 82, was enthralled. And it was wonderful for our children to experience history by crawling into the false wall space where the Jews were hidden by the family; so many historical sites don't allow people to actually touch anything. Here the children were a part of the telling of the story and it impacted them more as a result.

We would have loved to spend days exploring this town and we hope to return. In the meantime, we treasure the memory of our special side trip.

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West Jordan, Utah
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“Fantastic and Memorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

What a gem of a tour! Our guide, Marijke, brought us and gave us the background of the Hiding Place (about 20 minutes) while we were seated in the family's living room. Our two boys (ages 7 and 8) were enthralled with the tour and got to ask questions and crawl into the actual hiding place in Corrie's room. The tour takes less than an hour. There is the Christian gospel message throughout the tour, which makes sense since this family did what they did because of their religious beliefs. There is no admission fee, although donations are gladly accepted at the end. The tour touched me and I found myself in tears by the end. It is a great story and one our family will remember. We liked it better than even the Anne Frank tour.

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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“For those who love The Hiding Place, this is a must-see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2010

While it was frustrating to arrive at the museum at opening and find that the first English tour was nearly 2 hours later, our entire family enjoyed the house and seeing the actual hiding place where the Ten Boom family hid refugee Jews and members of the Dutch Resistance from the Nazis. The tour is led by a volunteer guide who tells the entire story of the family and the house, so even if you haven't read the book you will leave with an appreciation for the family and their beliefs turned into actions during the war and afterwards. It was a wonderful visit for our family.

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Southern Ontario
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“I Love Corrie ten Boom!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

I loved visiting the ten Boom house in Haarlem many times when I lived in the Netherlands! The house was located about a block from--and practically within sight of--the Gestapo headquarters in Haarlem Centrum, the town square! I was amazed at this each time I walked from the house to the town square. I still never lose the wonder of the miracle God worked in not allowing the Gestapo to find the hidden Jews after the ten Booms' arrest! Even though they ransacked the entire house and guarded it for days. Dutch Resistance members were able to help all of them to escape through a window, out onto the rooftop!

Corrie had such an inspirating and a convicting testimony! If you have never read the book or watched the movie The Hiding Place, it is definitely a must for your list! You can learn more at www.corrietenboom.com. The watch and clock shop that Papa ten Boom operated on the bottom floor is still a watch, clock, and jewellery store to this day: http://www.tenboom.nl/.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Don't bother - they don't even let you in”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

Wanted to visit this as there's not much else in Haarlem, and the kids thought it would be interesting. The door was locked and a notice and clock stated next english tour 12.30pm, we returned then and the clock had been moved to state next english tour 2.30pm. We returned at 2.15pm not wanting to miss out and the clock hands had been moved to next english tour 4.30pm - is this a joke? There were people inside but didn't come to the door when we rang the buzzer - what a total waste of our time.

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