Museum De Cruquius

Local nameGemaal de Cruquius
LocationCruquius, Netherlands

The Museum De Cruquius occupies the old Cruquius steam pumping station in Cruquius, the Netherlands. It derives its name from Nicolaas Kruik, a Dutch land-surveyor and one of many promoters of a plan to pump the Haarlemmermeer dry. Like many well-educated men of his time, he latinized his name to Nicolaus Samuel Cruquius. During his lifetime the issue of the Haarlem Lake and how to pump it dry was international news, as the following excerpt from the Virginia Gazette on 31 May 1751 illustrates:

"By a private letter from Rotterdam, we are told, that the Dutch Engineers, in their Plan for draining the lake of Haerlem, proposed to employ 150 mills for three Years, and had computed the Expence at a Million and Half of Florins, but that a German, who had been long employed in the Mines of Hungary and Hartz, had proposed to drain it with 50 machines, in 15 months, at a far less Expence; and that he has been ordered to erect one of those Machines, which, if it shall be found to execute what…

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Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 10 am - 5 pm
Sat - Sun, holidays: 1 pm - 5 pm

The opening hours in winter may vary. Please check the official website.


Adults: € 8
Children (5 - 12): € 4
Youngsters (13 - 18): € 5

More information and contact


Official Website




Phone +31 23 5285704

Address Cruquiusdijk 27, 2142 Cruquius, Netherlands

Coordinates 52°20'17.111" N 4°38'17.231" E

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