A former steam pumping station by the IJsselmeer houses the Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum. This museum in Medemblik is the ideal place for discovering what can be accomplished with water and fire!
During steam days, the kettle is fired up, allowing all the machines to run. You'll hear the steam engines huff and puff, feel the heat and smell the oil. The museum has the largest collection of working steam engines under one roof. But the collection continues outside as well.
During our super steam days, our outdoor machines run at full force. The steam crane lifts entire tree trunks and the steam-powered saw cuts them into boards. Every now and then you'll hear a screaming steam whistle, the sounds of the hammer of the smithy and the creaking buckets of the dredge mill.
On Wednesdays (during holidays) and Sundays, a smith is present who will light up the fire in our smithy, built in 1869.
Children are more than welcome in the Stoommachinemuseum. They can find out for themselves how James Watt’s revolutionary discovery works. They can help the smith and the stoker with their craftsmanship and earn a certificate. Or operate miniature steam engines themselves and use the water table to explore how the pumping station works. It’s OK to get dirty in the Medemblik Stoommachinemuseum! What's all the fuss about Watts!?