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Address: Cruquiusdijk 27, 2142 ER Cruquius, The Netherlands
Phone Number: (+31)023-5285704
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Description: Chronicling the Dutch reclamation of land from the sea, the museum...
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 and unique piece of Dutch history

Nice museum with a interesting and unique piece of Dutch history. Only three of these pump stations were build, this is the only one remaining. Not all guides are good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Nice museum with a interesting and unique piece of Dutch history. Only three of these pump stations were build, this is the only one remaining. Not all guides are good story-tellers but it's no problem to ask another one to tell you more. All guides are very enthusiastic though and all volunteers. Text is displayed in Dutch and English but... More 

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Heemstede, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Based in a former steam powered pumping station and with interactive displays. If you are interested in how the Dutch drained the lakes to create their country, this is very interesting.

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england
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was a fantastic museum, excellence guides with great knowledge. Lovely hearing a Dutch/English connection with Hayle Foundry in Cornwall. Absolutely stunning steam pump, now electric. Shown how it worked etc.......well worth a visit.....!

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Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very very interesting small museum. In fact it is an original Pump Installation which dried the land around Haarlem, can it be more Dutch?

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I been here with my friends. It is a great experience and how Dutch stopped the water from flooding. The building is a steam pump, only this pump works and some others in Holland. A great visit.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Looking for 'something different' during our vacation in Amsterdam we ventured out on the 15 min train from Centraal to Haarlem followed by bus #140 to Cruquius. The guide demonstrated the massive pump both in Dutch & English; fascinating history behind the land reclamation. There's a nice cafe next to the Museum for coffees & lunches. Stopped in the delightful... More 

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Budapest
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

nice museum with a friendly guide, demonstrating well the daily fight with water in the netherlands. my sons enjoyed to see the huge machine still working

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We enjoyed our visit here and the guide was very good and knowledgeable. The museum seems to be staffed by volunteers and they put on a show (unfortunately in Dutch so we couldn't understand it). We enjoyed it anyway

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Borrego Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The key here is the docent who will operate the mammoth pumps to demonstrate how the Netherlands were drained. I had always been taught that the windmills pumped the ocean from Holland, and while that's partly true, real land reclamation did not occur until the mid 1800s when the steam engine was invented to power these gigantic pumps. Be sure... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Good tour with super visual which clearly shows the extent of the effort which this country has undergone to get and keep itself dry. This massive pumphouse had a major role in pumping the water into the canals. They have a visual aid which shows which areas were converted as well as what happened during the terrible floods of the... More 

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