Windmill de Walvisch is Schiedam’s museum windmill. After visiting the museum shop and windmill shop take the stairs to the panoramic attic and enjoy a wonderful view over the historic city centre.
An audiovisual presentation with a 180-degree moving projection offers you all the ins and outs about the history of the Schiedam’s windmills – the highest in the world.
On the next level up you can find out how rye and malted barley were ground for the gin distillers. This is where the miller lived with his family. Finally, you arrive at the top floor where the miller used to work. And the best thing is: the wooden axes and wheels are moving around you.
Whale fishing in Greenland
The name of Windmill De Walvisch (The Whale) is related to whale fishing in Greenland, which flourished at the end of the 18th century. The demand for malt wine and jenever increased at that time. This tower mill was built in 1794 and it was renovated in 1995. After a fire in 1996, windmill De Walvisch was completely restored and it reopened in 1999.
Wheelchair access to the ground floor only: the museum shop, windmill shop and coffee bar.
Visitors under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult.
No pets allowed.