€0 Adult with Museumkaart.
€9 Adult without Museumkaart.
Contact and Location Details
2142 ER Cruquius
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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.