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Cruquius Pump Museum

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Address: Cruquiusdijk 27, 2142 ER Cruquius, The Netherlands
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+31 23 528 5704

Chronicling the Dutch reclamation of land from the sea, the museum features...

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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Really interesting exhibit and about such a dutch phenomena

Water management, gaining or regaining land, taming the sea and the waters....all pretty important practises for the Dutch. The building itself is gorgeous too, so be sure to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Water management, gaining or regaining land, taming the sea and the waters....all pretty important practises for the Dutch. The building itself is gorgeous too, so be sure to check out this museum.

Thank Tangobabe1
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Easy to find, our sat nav took us straight there. Staff friendly and helpful. Good accompanying literature and a great demonstration. More than just a piece of history. Parking adjoining together with good cafe.

Thank Jacko1950
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

Visit and see this old system pumping water from canals worth it. Everything there is beautifully illustrated and especially as this equipment is still functional and thus is an experience catered for.

Thank Redwolf-007
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

Here you can see one of the steampumps that made a part of Holland, called The Haarlemmermeer, dry and learn about how the Dutch have always lived beneath sealevel.

Thank Annelou B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is interesting for people who are interested in architecture (beautiful building), physics (you can see the largest beam engine ever built) and history (the steam mill was used to pump the water out of the Haarlem Lake and changed the geography of the Netherlands enormously).

Thank Philip_Bolster
Beverwijk, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

The sheer scale of this steam engine is staggering. The almost delicate nature of the castellar building it is housed in belies the monster within!

Thank andrewmbnl
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

We took bus 340 from Hoofddorp to Haarlem, stopping off here on the way. One of the volunteers gave us an exclusive English-language tour and we then wandered back around the interesting displays. Hard to believe the amount of work and effort which the Dutch people put into reclaiming the land over the centuries. This pump house was part of... More 

1 Thank pgbDublin
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

The best start is download the app izi.travel and than the audiotour from Cruquius museum. With your own headset you have your private tour through the museum. You need it to get an explanation about the machines you find and the development of them. It still pumps water, to show how it worked. Impressive history of the Dutch who live... More 

Thank Sandra B
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

My husband is really interested in industrial archeology. This is a great place to explore that. We started with a movie that gave an overview of the place and its history. They waited for us to finish to start the tour in English where we learned more and got to watch the machinery operating. Although it is no longer run... More 

1 Thank solomon5
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this. An important piece of history of this area how the land was drained. Hard to imagine so much water being drained! Interesting for civil and mechanical engineers as well as for lay people. Great for children.

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