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Cruquius Pump Museum

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Address: Cruquiusdijk 27, 2142 ER Cruquius, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 23 528 5704
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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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Interesting historical and technical museum

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
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heemstede
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heemstede
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles 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).

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Beverwijk, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The cruquius is a unique building erected to pump the Haarlemmermeer dry. The steam-driven pump is the only one remaining of three such pumps. The pump is working, and works by taking water from a lower level up to a higher level, through a range of holes in the higher level. The rest of the building contains two other pumping... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

Great place to start your education about Holland's land reclamation. If you enjoy the early industrial age, the museum is a must see. There is a live theatrical presentation about Nicholas Cruquius.

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Lisse, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

I have visited this piece of Dutch history several times, often to show it to foreign guests visiting the company where I work. It once was a steam engine used to pump the water out of the Haarlemmermeer. Now it is a museum. The steam engine is now gone, but the pumping meganism is still shown, now operated with electricity.... More 

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