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“Excellent attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Molen De Adriaan Museum

Molen De Adriaan Museum
Papentorenvest 1a, 2011 AV, Haarlem, The Netherlands
023-5450259
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Haarlem
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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New York, NY
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Excellent attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Working windmill with tour given by enthusiastic volunteers. Should be better known; we were the only ones on our tour. Learn about history and workmanship of windmills. I learned they were used in the Nazi occupation to send coded messages about German movements using the position of the blades. The next windmill down the line repeated the code, continuing for many miles.

Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Why is the Windmill on top of a Building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is one of the many questions that will be answered when you visit this museum. This is one of a handful of windmills still existing in the Haarlem area. There was at one time over 200 in this area. The Dutch did not have coal to mine so they mined the wind. One always thinks of windmills as grinding flour, only partially true. They were used like a steam engine and they did all the needed tasks that were needed during the industrial revolution. The Adriaan shows how the mills worked and walking through the mill will give you a good idea what it was like to operate one.

Visited December 2012
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Sheffield, South Yorkshire
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“Great tourist attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Full tour of the windmill by a very informed, interesting, multilingual guide.

Fantastic models of the workings of the windmill. Great views from the top.

Tour lasted around 40 minutes. Well worth a visit if you go to Haarlem.

Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Interesting tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our family of four, plus just another couple, were given a guided tour of the windmill. The guide explained the mechanisms inside and outside, and the three purposes for which the windmill was used over the years. There was also a nice view of the city along the way. As a bonus, while we were on the outdoor deck we got to see the nearby rotating bridge open and several ships pass through. This low-key tour was well worth the three euro admission.

Visited June 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Beautiful and informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

I visited today and had Peter for a guide. I learned so much about the windmills, Dutch history and the city of Haarlem. After many trips to Amsterdam, it was a welcome escape. This is a very easy walk and worth a visit. Thank you Trip Advisor reviewers, I am so glad to have taken the time. The people of Haarlem are charming, courteous and welcoming. It feels a little like Bruges. The windmill visit was definitely a highlight.

Visited July 2013
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