Haarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Exterior Lake Bed Level

Haarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius

One of the steam pumps that drained the Haarlemmermeer.

This museum is housed in the former steam pumping station Cruquius, one of the three steam pumping stations that drained the Haarlemmermeer between 1848 and 1852. A nice view into The Netherlands struggle against water inundation.

Opening Times

Mon-Fri: 13:00-17:00
Sat-Sun: 11:00-17:00

Mon-Fri: 10:00-17:00
Sat-Sun: 11:00-17:00


   €0  Adult with Museumkaart.

   €9  Adult without Museumkaart.

Contact and Location Details

Cruquiusdijk 27
2142 ER Cruquius
North Holland

   +31 23 528 5704


   52.33815, 4.63808

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Personal Notes

The museum is housed in one of the three steam pumping stations used to drain the Haarlemmermeer. A film is shown at the start giving a history of the Haarlemmermeer. This includes trade and sea battles against the Spanish. Peat had been dug from the ground for energy, but created lakes that expanded. This expansion was called the Water Wolf as it devoured villages. It began to threaten Amsterdam and Leiden. This made plans to proceed and the polder was created in 1852 after three years and three months of pumping. The museum has the largest steam cylinder in the world. Modern hydraulics are used to demonstrate how pumping was achieved. Watching the old machinery in action is impressive. A large map shows the polders of the Netherlands and areas below sea level. Very friendly staff and volunteers.


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Photo Gallery

Haarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Main CylinderHaarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Boiler PlateHaarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Pump ArmsHaarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Polder MapHaarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Coal FurnaceHaarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius Upper Water Pump