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.

The museum is temporarily closed due to the redesign of the museum presentation.
You are welcome again from June 2020.

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

Beeld van Theehuis aan de Ringvaart
Cruquius Museum

Tea room Cruquius

Before or at the conclusion of your visit enjoy a drink, warm apple pie or a lunch at the adjacent tea room “Cruquius Theehuis”.

If you have any questions, take a look at the FAQ page.

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

Cruquius Museum

Cruquius Museum 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.