"MUSEUM THE CRUQUIUS" Museums Tip by eden_teuling
Museums, Haarlem: 17 reviews and 24 photos
The Cruquius is the former pump (working on steam) to keep the HAARLEMMERMEER dry!
In the station you will find the original steam pump in the round Hall with around it 8 piston engines, that were set in action by "balansarmen". (I am not an engineer!)
Situated in one of the three 19th Century steam-propelled mills which reclaimed the HAARLEMMERMEER Lake.
The site is open to the public who will find there a survey of the history of Dutch DRAINAGE AND IRRIGATION SYSTEMS and much more....
The Cruquius hadn't worked for quite some time, has been replaced by more modern equippment to keep us all dry.....which is quite a job knowing that 2/3 of The Netherlands is below sea-level!
In the Museum you can clearly see how we work with water, treat water and protect ourselves from water....very interesting.
Specialities are scale-models of The Netherlands when there is a severe storm, you can see scale models of water mills and steam engines, old engines, drawings, maps and there are video presentations.
Now the Cruquius is working again (2002)
by means of a hydraulic system.
OPEN: 1st March - 31st October: Mondays through Fridays 10AM - 5PM
On Sundays and festive days from 11AM - 5PM
Located at rhe eastern border of HEEMSTEDE near HAARLEM.
You will enjoy your visit, I am sure.....
Address: Cruquiusdijk 27 HAARLEMMERMEER
Directions: consult your maps although it is easy...
Phone: 023 528 57 04
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