Nederlands Stoommachine Museum

Nederlands Stoommachine Museum

In the Steam Engine Museum in Medemblik you will learn all about steam engines. How they look, how they work and how important they were to the industrial revolution.

Nederlands Stoommachine Museum has been housed inside former steam-driven pumping station ‘Vier Noorder Koggen’ since 1985. The pumping station is almost 150 years old and still operational. It was built in 1869 to support the windmills in the polder. The mills worked to drain excess water out of the polder and discharge it into the Zuiderzee. When water levels in the Zuiderzee were too high, the mills couldn’t handle the job on their own. This steam-driven pumping station was a perfect solution as the Dutch left behind the Age of Wind to enter the Age of Steam. In 1977 an electrical pumping station was built in Wervershoof to take over from the steam-driven one which now only operates in case of emergency. In the museum, visitors will learn what an important innovation steam engines were and how they led to the Industrial Revolution. Throughout and around the museum you can marvel at many machines that are switched on at set times.