Cruquius Museum tells about the age-old Dutch battle against the water. The reclamation of Haarlemmermeer by means of steam power marked the breakthrough of the Industrial Revolution in the Netherlands. The Cruquius houses the worlds’ largest steam engine.

Beeld van de gevel Gemaal De Cruquius
Cruquius Museum

About the Cruquius museum

The Cruquius houses the worlds’ largest steam engine: its main cylinder has a diameter of 3.66 meter! The engine could drain up 320.000 liters of water per minute, that’s an olympic swimming pool every 8 minutes.The engine room, unchanged since 1849, is a miracle of Victorian technology

Historical image of pumping station Cruquius

History of pumping station Cruquius

Cruquius Museum

The reclamation of Haarlemmermeer by means of steam power marked the breakthrough of the Industrial Revolution in the Netherlands. “De Cruquius”, commissioned in 1849, pumped Lake Haarlem dry in three years and three months, together with two identical steam-pumping stations. Both other pumping stations were drastically modernised after 50 years, but the Cruquius remained untouched.

Historisch beeld van de stokers in Gemaal De Cruquius

Guided tours in Cruquius Museum

Cruquius Museum

Haarlemmermeermuseum De Cruquius offers guided tours for groups in English, French, German and Dutch any day of the week. We kindly ask you to book these in advance. Contact us through +31 (0)23 - 023 52 857 04 or via secretariaat@shmdc.nl. We will assist you in arranging a perfect visit to the museum.

impressie van zaalverhuur in Gemaal De Cruquius

Weddings and congresses

Algemeen

Celebrate the most wonderful day in your life in remarkable surroundings. Are you looking for a special wedding location? Come and have a look at Cruquius Museum!