Largest steam engine of the world

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.

Windmills and steam engines

Models of windmills, steam engines and various pumps, polder models, old maps and prints in de former boiler rooms provide an excellent overview of the struggle against the water. There is also a water model, which shows what the Netherlands would look like without dikes and what damage a storm flood can cause.

Demonstration of  massive machine

No visit is complete without a full demonstration of the largest steam engine in the world! See with your own eyes how this massive machine drained the lake.