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European Open-Air Museums

  • Museum Park, Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Germany displays a historic stage mill, a mechanical farm windmill, and a micro wind turbine.
  • Schloss Sanssouci Berlin displays a reconstructed stage or gallery windmill that has served the palace (Schloss) since 1787. It was a mill on this site that served in the famous legend of the Miller of Sanssouci who challenged kingly power.
  • Windmill Blade Expo at the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Jutland, Denmark.
  • Showroom for historical Danish wind turbines at the Folkecenter for Renewable Energy in Jutland, Denmark--An extensive collection of nacelles from the early days of Danish wind power.
  • Poul la Cour Museum--The place is redecorated so it resembles the original interior as much as possible. Most of the inventory is gone but several of the original test constructions are rebuilt. One of the constructions is the wind tunnel with the measuring equipment that helped la Cour design the ideal blade profile for wind turbines.
  • Poul la Cour - the Danish Wind Turbine Pioneer--Poul la Cour, 1846-1908, is considered one of Denmark's greatest inventors and is particularly known as wind pioneer.
  • Energimuseet Vindkraft--The museums’ exhibition on wind power has the title ‘As the wind blows’. It tells the story of how Denmark became the world’s no. one with in wind power. The history begins at Askov Højskole in 1891 with the physicist Poul la Cour also called Edison of Denmark.
  • Danish Nationalmuseet - Open Air Museum--The Open Air Museum north of Copenhagen is one of the largest and oldest in the world. Spread across 86 acres of land today the museum houses more than 50 farms, mills and houses from the period 1650-1950.
  • MuseumMolen--Open air museum in Noord Holland (north of Amsterdam).
  • Germania (molen)--Platform graind grinding mill in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands. One of the nearly 1,000 windmills in the Netherlands that are periodically open to the public.
  • Internationales Muhlenmuseum--in Gifhorn, Niedersachsen, Germany.
  • World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk--The nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk symbolise the way in which the Dutch have managed the water with one of the world's oldest wind farms.
  • De Vereniging Zaanse Molen--The Society of Zaan Mills was founded in 1925. Its first success was the restoration of oil mill De Zoeker. Three years later, the Mill Museum was opened. Now, 84 years later, the Society possesses 12 picturesque industrial mills and a unique museum. The mills are an important part of our cultural heritage and continue to this day to determine the Zaan skyline.
  • Museumdorf Cloppenburg is south of Oldenburg in Niedersachsen, Germany.
  • Nederlands Openluchtmuseum--Open Air Museum in Arnhem, Gelderland, the Netherlands.
  • Mola - het Provinciaal Molencentrum--East Flanders windmill museum in Belgium.
  • Wind Energy Museum Norfolk Great Britain--The Museum is located in Repps with Bastwick (close to Potter Heigham), Norfolk. NR29 5JU. We feature full sized wind pumps, steam engines and a unique scoop wheel along with a collection of photographs, models of various mills which all depict the evolution of the drainage of the Broads.
  • Mühlenheider Windkraftmuseum--Begun in 1997, the museum seeks to preserve some of the early electricity-generating wind turbines from the 1980s and 1990s in northern Germany. While the exhibits focus on German development of wind turbines, the museum includes a Lagerwey , an early Dutch machine.
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