Museums in Oldambt

You will find a variety of museums in historical buildings, showing the history of Oldambt with words and visual images. You can combine your visit with a cycle or hiking trip, or when you are visiting Winschoten or Blauwestad. Afterwards, there is the possibility to relax in the Wellness and Spa resort Fontana Bad Nieuweschans.

Museum steam pumping station in Winschoten

Once upon a time, a long time ago, water mills regulated the height of the groundwater in Oldambt. When they were damaged during a thunderstorm, the steam pumping station was built. Nowadays the steam pumping station is no longer needed due to modern pumping stations. You can watch the steam engines running on special running days from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is also possible to plan an appointment, in case volunteers are available, on other days. Visit the website for more information.

Museum pumping station De Hoogte in Nieuwolda

Oldambt has been losing the battle against the water for many years. After the windmills, steam pumping stations were used in the 19th century. De Hoogte in Nieuwolda pumped using steam between 1892 and 1920. It was then retrofitted with electricity. After a period of decay, the pumping station was renovated and a bronze engine was provided. Would you like to see how this pumping station worked back in the day? Visit museum pumping station De Hoogte. 

Fortress museum in Bad Nieuweschans

During the Eighty Years’ War (1628) the governor ordered to build a fortress, strategically located near the German border. It wasn’t until 1870 that the government decommissioned the fortress. Curious visitors will learn all there is to know about the history of this special spa village, renamed to Bad Nieuweschans in 2009. There are excavated finds, old pictures, maps and even a model of the fortress around 1825, including a canal and ramparts. A guided tour through Bad Nieuweschans is recommended. 

Museum of War History 1940-1945 in Midwolda

The Museum for War History 1940-1945 is located in the centre of Midwolda. It presents an image of WWII starting at the mobilisation in 1939 until the liberation in 1945. Usual and unusual items will let you experience how civilians and military personnel survived the war. There are mannequins with original clothing and gear, books, newspapers, helmets, utensils and personal documents. The war museum is small, but worthwhile. 

Museum Battle of Heiligerlee and the Bell foundry museum in Heiligerlee

These museum are locate opposite of each other in the centre of Heiligerlee. It is recommended to visit both. In the museum Battle of Heiligerlee you are being transported back in time to the 16th century, the time of the Eighty Years’ War. You will experience the beginning, the battle of Heiligerlee and the end of this long-lasting war, that resulted in the independence of The Netherlands. The bell foundry museum is located in a fully restored factory building dating from 1862. It still has a casting pit. The museum showcases many items like bells, tower clocks and fire engines, but the most prized possession is the playing drum with carillon and a 49-bell Van Bergen carillon. After an extensive renovation, both museums re-opened in 2013. 

Museum Farm Hermans Dijkstra

One of the farms is Boerderij Hermans Dijkstra in Midwolda, built in 1858. Merely the arrival is an experience. Therefore, walk or drive extra slow through the Tilia tree lined driveway. Next to it is an English pendulum garden that has been brought back to its original state. Only in 1994, with the death of the last scion Pieter Reint, the generation Herman Dijkstra disappeared from the farm. In March 2002 the thorough restoration of the building was completed. Ever since Jan Bremmer and Christianne Linssen have been running their Bed & Breakfast, restaurant and museum, whom portray the life and work of rich farmers from 1900. 

Stroller museum in Nieuwolda

Just outside of Nieuwolda, the Stroller museum is located in a beautiful monumental farmhouse, originating from 1905. The collection started out with 32 strollers, a doll and an antique dress, but has since then been growing. The total collection amounts to 400 strollers, dolls' carriages and cribs. Amongst them are baby clothes, christening gowns, adult clothing, toys and baby care products. You will also find caps, shoes and utensils from countries far away.