Hemp-beater now open
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: DUE TO THE COVID SITUATION IN THE ZAANSTREEK THIS LOCATION IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Only 20 km from Amsterdam's city centre, in a rural region called the Zaanstreek, you can visit the world’s only functional hemp-beater. This typical Dutch windmill was used for centuries to beat and soften strong hemp fibers. Ships with sails made from these fibers crossed the world’s oceans.
In previous centuries, the Dutch landscape was scattered with hemp-beaters; nowadays the Paauw is the only one existing. Here you can see, hear and experience the fascinating history of industrial hemp. Wind, wood, dust and hemp. History comes alive, before your eyes.
The miller's tale
During your visit you can explore, at your own pace, this fascinating part of authentic Dutch hemp culture. The miller will show and explain how the mill performs its imposing work. A film explains you how the 10 year long process of the reconstruction of the mill came about, and why industrial hemp was essential to the lives of so many people in previous centuries.
The mill is now open to the public every Saturday thanks to a remarkable cooperation between the Stichting Zaanse Pakhuizen, that realized the reconstruction, and the museum, that developed the presentation.
Saturdays: 10:00 - 16:00
Closed on the 26th of December
Adult: € 4.00
Child 6-12 years: € 2.00
Child under 6: free
Buy your tickets here.