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“Amazing value for a truly informative visit”

Molen De Adriaan Museum
Ranked #5 of 68 things to do in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing value for a truly informative visit”
Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We were the first visitors yesterday, and had the personal attention of one of the volunteers (I didn't get her name), who spent nearly an hour of her time walking us around the windmill, explaining everything and answering questions. Superb! We didn't just get how a windmill works, but the place of the molen in Dutch history & culture. The mill itself is fascinating, and in working order; the models & displays are all excellent. Highly recommended!

Visited October 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Finally I know what all these windmills are about!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was a great museum/ attraction. You watch a (very bad) short film, which doesn't really give you faith in the rest of the visit, but that is all put to rights when you get the tour. A volunteer miller will take you up the stairs and explain at each level what was done there, what the mill did, will give you small snippets of history of mills, how mills worked, until finally you are at the very top and on the gallery looking out over Haarlem. Everyone loved it!

My Gran has bad knees and did find the stairs a little hard going. There are a lot of narrow staircases, no lifts, and the tour will take you to the very top. Just something to bare in mind if you have someone a little unsteady on their feet in the group.

Visited September 2013
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New York, NY
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Excellent attraction”
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
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Why is the Windmill on top of a Building”
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
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great tourist attraction”
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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