Museum Windmill Blokweer

Out of the many authentic mills and historical pumping stations that enrich Kinderdijk, the museum mills ‘Nederwaard’ and ‘Blokweer’ are without a doubt two of the town’s most popular tourist attractions… Museum Mill Nederwaard is an adventurous experience windmill where history comes alive. You will be greeted by a real miller who will tell you all about his lifestyle. Upon entering the mill, it will feel like you suddenly went back to the ‘50s because the authentic windmill has been completely preserved in its original, untouched state. Museum Mill Blokweer, on the other hand, is a fascinating educational mill that will provide you with in depth knowledge regarding Kinderdijk’s heritage and the impressive mechanism of a mill. The Blokweer is opened for individual visitors but may also be booked for a group visit. The mill specifically caters for children, as education is combined with an unforgettable experience, which you’ll obviously get to undertake in traditional millers’ overalls and Dutch clogs!

Educational Mill ‘Blokweer’

Museum Windmill Blokweer is an absolute must-see for everyone interested in the rich history of World Heritage Kinderdijk and the surrounding country region called the Alblasserwaard. You will find this museum mill amidst of grazing cows, next to the waters of the low canal (“Lage Boezem”) in the heart of a breathtaking, green polder landscape. The Blokweer is a beautiful, still operational mill that has been converted into a fascinating museum with a perfect fusion of knowledge and practice. With the roaring of the mill in the background, you can view documentaries about the ingenious mechanism of the upper deck of the Blokweer windmill at several locations within the mill. All of this is extra interesting for children, because they get to experience the ins and outs of the windmill in several different ways…

Educational discovery journey

Upon entering museum windmill Blokweer, you will be handed real miller clogs and overalls. This ensures a visit to this educational museum windmill is not only educational, but also a wonderful experience for the entire family. It’s great to see how children get completely wrapped up in the miller lifestyle!

The miller and host will tell you all about the operation of the Blokker educational mill, which you’ll also get to experience first hand. In the lower deck of the Blokweer windmill, you can explore the mechanics of a windmill, which are made visible as much as possible. This will give you an in-depth view into the operation of this authentic hollow post (water) mill. What’s special about this windmill is that the water wheel is installed on the outside of the windmill. Because of this, a heavy wind will result in a whole lot of splashing water!

History of the Blokweer windmill
The authentic Blokweer hollow post mill is officially called ‘The Blokker’ but is also known as ‘Blokkerse Wip’ and ‘Blokweerse wipmolen’. The origin of this name can be explained in two ways. The first explanation is the term ‘wippen’ (wobble) as the windmill starts wobbling when it is rotating quickly. The second is that the water wheel of the windmill scoops (‘wipt’ in Dutch) the water from the polder into the higher boezem (storage basins). This 19th windmill of World Heritage Kinderdijk is raised on a brick base. The windmill drains the Blokweer polder, which explains the name ‘Blokweer’. The exact date of construction is unknown, however, it is said there was already a hollow post mill at this location around the year 1500.
Until 1956, the Blokker drained the Blokweer polder into the Nederwaard together with an auxiliary pump. During its restoration in 1975, the tiles, which had protected the substructure since 1875, were replaced with reed thatch. In 1997, the Blokker was damaged by fire. It was rebuilt to its original state in the following years. The substructure of the Blokweer is now tiled. The wooden body is black. The cap is weather boarded, meaning covered with horizontally overlapping wooden boards. The Blokweer's scoop wheel is installed on the outside of the windmill. The enormous cap weighs 30 tonnes.

The Blokweer is situated in line with the boezem canals of Kinderdijk. Contrary to the other 18 windmills, this 19th windmill is located just outside of the area of Kinderdijk village, which belongs to the municipality of Molenwaard. Instead, the Blokweer is situated in the adjacent municipality of Alblasserdam. You can reach museum windmill Blokweer by a nice walk of about 25 minutes. Alternatively, you can quickly get to the Blokweer via the ‘hopper’ water boat.

Catering establishment & souvenirs in the ‘molenschuur’
You can enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or a cold drink in the ‘molenschuur’, which is situated next to museum windmill Blokweer. Allow yourself some time to relax while you explore the windmill premises or sit down at one of the picnic benches. You’ll get to enjoy the breathtaking view of the polder landscape and characteristic windmills. You can also make use of the toilet facilities at the molenschuur. Would you like to buy something to remember your visit to World Heritage Kinderdijk by, or are you looking for a local present or souvenir? You will undoubtedly find something nice at the souvenir shop that’s located within the molenschuur!

All in all, Museum windmill Blokweer is must-see during your visit to Kinderdijk. A visit to both museum mills is possible for a special, reduced rate. It’s a great day out for the entire family, but also highly recommended for a children’s party, school trip or family gathering!