This museum is about steam and bygone days. But did you know that steam is still used at a large scale? No? Well, electric power stations use steam turbines to deliver the greater part of our daily needs!
We can show you the third oldest industrial steam engine in the Netherlands, built in 1851 in Rotterdam as well as a marine steam engine of 1935 and everything in between. Our wonderful model of a Newcomen engine stretches the history of steam even back to the beginning of the 18th century.
The collection was brought together by “steam mad” shipyard owner Kees Jongert and this is the core of the present museum, which opened in 1985.
What can you expect? Industrial steam engines of Dutch, German and British make and marine engines made in the Netherlands and Belgium. Our Lancashire boiler is a Dutch product. Around 100 days per year we are “under steam”, chiefly during school holidays. If you’ll visit us on one of the other days we can run some engines on compressed air, including the old boy of 1851.