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“Unbelievable heroism”

The Corrie ten Boom House
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Haarlem
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Unbelievable heroism”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you are seeking inspiration then look no further. I and my family visited this museum on a recent trip to Amsterdam/Haarlem and we were totally captivated by the story we were told. Our teenage daughters also both thoroughly enjoyed it as it brought the terrible realities of the wartime occupation to life. (At one point, on the press of an alarm bell, they were given 70 seconds to run up a few flights of stairs and get themselves into the hiding place - much as the jews/members of the resistance had to do who were living there at the time).

Visited October 2013
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful gem of an attraction”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

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!

Visited November 2013
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Ithaca, New York
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“A wonderful tribute to an amazing woman”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

After being a huge fan of the book, it was obvious that my husband and I come and visit Corrie Ten Boom's house in Haarlem when we were in Holland for a work conference.

The canal house is much different than I envisioned it in the book - steep and narrow staircases and the tiniest little hiding place for the persecuted people Corrie was helping. The surprising thing is the size of the space to get into the hiding place - I didn't imagine that it was so close to the ground and hard to get through (we were allowed to try during the tour).

The tour was very personalized and a volunteer tour guide told us Corrie's story.

There is no charge for the tour, but you really should give some sort of donation to keep this place available for future visitors!

The watch shop downstairs is still Ten Boom jewelry store. Be sure to use the entrance in the alley, though, the watch shop is not directly connected to the tours.

Visited October 2013
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Kuala Lumpur
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“A must-do if you're in Haarlem!”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

My travel party of Four went on this tour after reading through various reviews of this place. We didn't exactly know what to expect but the tour was excellent.
The tour was free, manned by volunteers & mainly covered almost all the rooms in the home & it brought us back to feel how it'd be like to be living in that same hse during WW2.

The large religious component was not a bother at all, as it is the main reason as to why Corrie & her family did what they did for the Jews back then, & indeed a true demonstration of generosity & kindness that this woman had.

This was indeed the best historical tour that we went on during our country stops in different parts of Europe & would certainly like to offer a recommendation to others which may be keen.

Visited October 2013
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Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia
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“Excellent Tour”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

My partner & I went to this tour. We happened to be staying across the road from this house & stumbled across it when venturing out & thought we may as well go. We didn't exactly know what to expect but the tour was excellent. From memory, I believe the tour was free. The tour was mainly completed in the living room & felt 'so real' however we did get to venture to other areas of the house. There were pictures of the family around the house & of the Jewish people that had lived in the house for safety. The hiding place was well-preserved & you really got a sense of what it had been like living in the house during WWII. Yes, there was a large religious component but this does not draw away from the generosity & kindness that this woman & her family had to offer.

I felt this was one of the best tours that we went on during our time in Holland & would recommend this tour to others.

Visited November 2012
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