Book your tickets online
If you want to be assured of a starting time for your visit to the mill, buy your tickets online.
A tour of 45 minutes Museum + Mill starts on the hour. The museum shows you the development of various types of mills, such as polder mills, flour mills, oil mills and sawmills. The sawmills were instrumental for war and trade ships with which the VOC reached the globe. Read below about the Mill.
On the half hour (sometimes more often) you can visit the Mill in 30 minutes. You will see that Molen de Adriaan started to function in 1778 as trasmolen (cement for Roman mortar), but in started to be used as tobacco snuff mill in 1802. Finally in 1865 it was converted in to a double grainmill, with wind- and steampower. In the milling loft at the top you can see the millstones with which grain can be grounded into flour. The flour loft below the stone floor is where the flour is put into bags. Outside on the balcony you are close to the wings and can enjoy the beautiful view of Haarlem at 12 meters height. When a miller is in De Adriaan and with enough wind you will enjoy the turning wings.
You can also buy tickets at the counter, but a maximum of 12 people can go upstairs at the same time. And tickets booked online have priority. You may have to wait half an hour or more before you can enter the mill. For safety reasons, you always go upstairs accompanied by a tour guide.
In the meantime you can use a cup of coffee / tea or something else. On the first floor you can watch a film about the history of Molen de Adriaan from 1778-2002. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy the sun outside.
Babies and children under the age of 5 cannot climb the stairs themselves, be aware restrictions may apply. The 5 stairs get narrower and steeper with each floor, requiring visitors to use both hands to climb or descend. No pets please.