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Cruquius Pump Museum

Cruquiusdijk 27, 2142 ER Cruquius, The Netherlands
+31 23 528 5704
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Theatrical explanation and werking pumps

We had a lot of fun visiting the museum. Everything was explained by our dressed up guides. The... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
via mobile
Learn and be amazed

Easily reached by bus from Haarlem. A palace of engineering. A place of superlatives. Huge pump for... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
London, United Kingdom
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Chronicling the Dutch reclamation of land from the sea, the museum features exhibits on the function of windmills, steam-driven pumps or "Cruquius," and modern technology.
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Cruquiusdijk 27, 2142 ER Cruquius, The Netherlands
+31 23 528 5704
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We had a lot of fun visiting the museum. Everything was explained by our dressed up guides. The pumps were actually switched on and it was amazing to see such an old machine at work

Thank travellovers68
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Easily reached by bus from Haarlem. A palace of engineering. A place of superlatives. Huge pump for draining the polder- and it still works. First class tour given in English by one of the volunteers, explaining the machine and the draining of this area of...More

Thank john592
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

The Cruqius museum is a marvel of 19th century engineering: a beautiful building (a bit like a castle) housing a massive steam engine. Three of these machines took three years and three months to empty the Haarlemmer lake, a task that would have taken 160...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

I found this pumping station quite amazing. For the time (1849) it was quite a huge achievement. It was the biggest steam engine of its type in the world. It reclaimed a huge area of the Haarlemmermeer lake, and is an example of what great...More

Thank Sam D
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

This museum covers the history of land reclamation in the Netherlands from the earliest days. It has an easy to understand cartoon that explains it that can be played in several languages, as well as a scale model and lots of other exhibits. The centerpiece...More

1  Thank syzygymfl
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Unique building with a fascinating history of very capable Dutch Victorian age engineers, explaining the use of steam pumping to drain the land and create the Polders which are now a source of rich farmland.

1  Thank Keith E
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

What a great place. The outside has been restored. Inside you find out why it looks like a castle; it needs to be strong to house the amazing giant steam engine. The guide is enthusiastic and articulate. Good tea room next door.

1  Thank Rich S
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Helped us understand the hydraulic engineering that the Dutch are masters of. The highlight of our visit was the explanation and demonstration of the massive steam pump by the passionate volunteer engineer.

Thank Blue_Bomber_fan
Reviewed 20 May 2017

The Cruquius museum is excellently restored and maintained. It tells the story of the three huge steam mills that dried the Haarlemmermeer lake in the 19th century. I have taken my family abroad twice to this place and they were impressed and loved it very...More

Thank chrisamsterdam2017
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Really interesting trip to see this and find out more about water management in this country. Engineering, as ever, fascinating! Very interesting to understand how the drainage system works. Really friendly and helpful guide around the site. Visiting recommended.

Thank Dan H
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16 April 2017|
Response from Annelou B | Reviewed this property |
You can get there by bus. From Haarlem NS Station (Central Station of Haarlem) you take bus 340.