Cruquius Pump Museum

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Cruquius Pump Museum
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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jackb39
Coventry, UK82 contributions
Historically fascinating museum
Oct 2019
This is a small, mainly volunteer-run museum which explains how Holland reclaimed land from the sea in the 18th / 19th centuries and protected it from further inundation. For anyone interested in historical engineering development the machinery is amazing. The information is presented brilliantly and clearly.
Written 2 November 2019
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Wouter K
The Hague, The Netherlands224 contributions
"... but the Dutch created the Netherlands"
Jul 2019
You may have heard the expression "God created the earth but the Dutch created the Netherlands"? For evidence of the latter visit this interesting museum. One of three and the only one really remaining of pumping stations that took 3 years to pump all the water out of the Haarlemmermeer (where amongst others Schiphol is located nowadays). Around 1850 that is. It would have taken 162 windmills...
The pump, which you can see in action, moved 64,000 litres of water per stroke.
Impressive stuff
Written 27 July 2019
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Ruairidh M
Glasgow47 contributions
Well worth visiting.
Jun 2019 • Solo
I stopped in here one afternoon after having heard about the story of the pumping of the Haarlemmermeer to see this incredible engine. I had a tour with a guide in English which was very helpful. The pumping engine is one of the finest pieces of old engineering I have seen. Then there was the explanation of the Dutch water control measures which answered many questions which I had. I would highly recommend a visit.
Written 13 June 2019
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BillScurry
Amsterdam, The Netherlands355 contributions
Fascinating reminder of the constant Dutch battle with water
Mar 2019 • Family
This facility was one of three coal-powered pumps which labored night and day to drain an entire lake, which was then later made into Schiphol Airport. The Cruquius is the last remaining device to feature the original steam-age construction, and the museum is a top-to-bottom summary of how The Netherlands has been constantly moving water around their country to keep it dry. Schoolchildren are bright here compulsorily, but it's greatly illuminating for adults as well.
Written 17 March 2019
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leedjjck
East Hampton, CT886 contributions
What an amazing Engineering feature
Sep 2018 • Couples
We stopped at the Pump Museum during a Belgium/Holland tour to understand and appreciate the Dutch plan to control flooding in their country. It was well worth the stop to see this engineering marvel and how it works. The display and the museum tour guide gave our group an excellent explanation on the working of this huge pumping station. Definitely worth a stop.
Written 29 December 2018
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Maggie A
Melbourne, Florida, United States32 contributions
A great place to learn and fully appreciate the Dutch approach to water management.
Sep 2018
This is a beautiful building and a great tour - the pistons are massive and impressive to watch in action. We especially like the model with water flowing in to show the impact at various levels. Of course it's easy to reach by bicycle. The Dutch respect for water, land and various mobility modes including cycling is legendary.
Written 11 December 2018
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aircathy
Charleston, WV36 contributions
Beautiful building
Dec 2018 • Solo
This museum is small but the building is definitely whole the trip if you like architecture. It tells the story of reclaiming the land from the Haarlemmermeer. The staff were very friendly and spoke English. The whole museum has English translations and they give you a sheet to supplement. There is a movie and it can be shown in a variety of languages. The staff gives demonstrations as to how the pumps worked and are available to answer questions. To gain entry go down the steps between the cafe and the main building and you see the door. Very enjoyable day despite the rain.
Written 9 December 2018
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Sweet_Drift
Erlangen, Germany14 contributions
Brìlliant Visit
Sep 2018 • Family
I went to the museum with many questions in my head about the way the Dutch have reclaimed land and folders and canals and dykes and windmills.......
All these questions and more were unanswered with a guided tour (don't know if that's normal) of the fantastic museum. They also have s massive 3D model of the country which operates with water flowing in and out.
The pump station itself is incredible, they even make it run (without steam ).

Thanks for an informative and fun visit.
Written 5 September 2018
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mji2003
St. Thomas173 contributions
Great Overview of How the Dutch Reclaimed the Land
Aug 2018 • Couples
Finally, after visiting this country several times over the last half century (as I have many relatives here), I now understand the whole polder system after visiting this small museum! Not only was the tour guide helpful (likely a retired gentleman who is lovingly sharing his appreciation for the history), but the interactive maps and displays, as well as the introductory video, provided excellent overviews of the entire Delta Works and the historic polder system. The Dutch are ingeniously pragmatic people, who have developed a vast hydro engineering expertise. With the rise of the sea levels all over the world, we are wise to turn to them for advice. What is also apparent is how their long-term thinking and collective approach have helped their society prosper, starting even before the Middle Ages with the development of the first polders. Amazing foresight! And what a gem to have preserved this feat of engineering, billed as the “world’s largest steam engine.” It is impressive in its mass and scale, especially since it was built in the 1830s or ‘40s! The machine is a monument to human ingenuity, and the museum is a monument to Dutch social pragmatism.
Written 7 August 2018
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John A
Peak District National Park, UK34 contributions
Fascinating insight into Dutch land reclamation with the help of Cornish engineers
Apr 2018 • Couples
'The largest steam engine in the world' is their claim and it certainly is impressive although the mock demonstrations do not actually pump water. Built with the help of Cornish Engineers. Plus a very good model showing how the Haarlemmermeer took three years to drain and how the levels are maintained today. Fascinating worthwhile visit.
Written 2 May 2018
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Cruquius Pump Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00


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