Steam Pump Museum Halfweg - Halfweg
Museum Stoomgemaal Halfweg is a paddlewheel steam pumping station from 1852 and is the oldest and largest paddlewheel steam pumping station in the world that is still active. After the draining of the Haarlemmermeer in 1852, the Rijnland Water Board could no longer store the excess water. To discharge that water to the sea as quickly as possible, three bosom steam pumping stations were built, of which Halfweg was one. Until 1977 the steam pumping station was in operation, in those 125 years it displaced a total of 14 billion cubic meters of water and used 40,000 tons of coal for this. Since 1986, the Friends of Steamweg Halfweg Foundation has been responsible for maintenance and use as a national monument and museum. Prince Claus reopened the steam pumping station in 1987 after a thorough restoration and since then the pumping station has been operating under steam for a few days a year to the public. Add this piece of Dutch history and hydraulic engineering ingenuity to your cycling route and check the website for the current steam days.
Steam Pump Museum Halfweg
1165 HJ Halfweg
|Saturday||12:00 - 16:30|
|Sunday||12:00 - 16:30|
The first weekend of the month (Saturday and Sunday) is steam weekend from April to October. Check the website for extra steam Sundays.