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The Corrie ten Boom House
Ranked #1 of 87 things to do in Haarlem
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Reviewed 16 April 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.

5  Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 16 April 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.

3  Thank chmeliar
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Reviewed 15 April 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.

1  Thank juwaraba
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Reviewed 28 September 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/.

1  Thank pickloski
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

There is no fee to visit this Museum. It is a place that leaves you with ponderings that are positive despite the context of terribleness. I recommend the movie, the books and the Museum! To visit the Corrie ten Boom Museum made the effort and the expense worthwhile, in our going to Haarlem.

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