The Zaan Region is the first industrial area in Europe, powered by the wind.

From the invention of the sawmill by Cornelis van Uitgeest until 1900 there are about 1.100 windmills in this area. They produced for industrial applications like oil, timber and paper and spices. The windmills were very important in the Dutch Golden Age. The windmill museum tells the magnificent story of the Zaan mills. The painting “Molenpanorama”, the largest painting with windmills, by Frans Mars is the most important property of the museum.


  • Experience the vibrant history of Amsterdams famous windmills. Take a tour around thirteen mills including the Oilmill, Sawmill, Papermill, Dyemill, Hulling Mill, Flour Mill, Grinding Mill, Grain Mill.


How to get there


Zaanse Schans stop


391 Zaanse Schans stop

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from June 18th 2020
Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00


January 2020 to 18th June 2020

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Meeting Point: Kalverringdijk 30



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