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“Incredible, humbling and inspiring!”

The Corrie ten Boom House
Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Haarlem
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Kampala, Uganda
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55 reviews
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“Incredible, humbling and inspiring!”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

I had recently read Corrie's book and knew that I wanted to go to the house on my trip to Amsterdam. Standing by that green door waiting for the tour to begin was surreal. The same door that Corrie and her family went in and out of. The same door where Jews came in and out. And the same door that the Nazis came and took them from. The tour is done well. It was amazing to see family pictures and picture what life was like. I was amazed at how narrow the staircases were and often wondered how the Jews that stayed there managed to get up them so quickly to hide. Seeing Corrie's room and the hiding place itself is clearly the highlight. It's inspiring to see what one person can do to help others. If there's any way that you can make it to Haarlem on your trip to Amsterdam, this place is a must!

Visited June 2013
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“Incredible heroism”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

This was a very inspirational tour. That one family could do so much for their fellow humans is awe inspiring. Several gave their lives for the Jewish peoples of Holland during WW2. Corrie lived thru it all, nazis, concentration camps, illness , loss. All she wanted was to aid God's people. She lived a long life and the remainder of it was filled with her Testimony on forgiveness. She.took that world twice to share with all peoples. The people who run the tour and .museam are dedicated in keeping this story fresh and alive . Bless them.This was a nightlight of our trip.

Visited November 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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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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