The Netherlands has a vast history of working hemp, and now people will be able to learn about it, thanks to a museum that will open this month. The hemp museum will be located inside a mill, considered the last of its kind, that was used for centuries to beat and soften the strong fibers of hemp, visitors will learn about the properties of Hemp and its application in different sectors.
Last Saturday, September 26, 2020, the Hash Marijuana & Hemp Museum was officially inaugurated and presented at the Paauw Nauerna Holland hemp mill.
The museum is located in an old Dutch hemp mill that was also used to produce oil. The old and typical Dutch mill has become a museum that will now show how the fiber was beaten and the hemp seeds were pressed. From October 3 you can visit and enjoy the historical Dutch gem.
In a few days it will be officially opened to all audiences. The inauguration and private presentation last Saturday was intended for the guests and donors. The exclusive presentation of this Dutch hemp mill was made in collaboration with the Hash Marijuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam. It shows the processing of hemp in the past and today and how the manufacture of this plant was so important in previous centuries.
Inside the mill there is a shop where you can buy products made from the hemp plant. Also on display is a large loom where you can see how hemp fibers were worked a century ago.
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The last functional hemp mill in the world
The mill is located just 20 km from Amsterdam city center, in the rural Zaanstreek region. Thanks to the restoration and opening of this mill, visitors from October 3 will be able to visit the only functional traditional hemp mixer or mill that exists in the world.
This Dutch windmill was used for centuries to beat and soften the strong fibers of hemp. The Dutch ships that sailed through all the seas of the world carried sails and lines made of these fibers.
In previous centuries, the Dutch landscape was littered with these hemp mills. Today the Paauw is the only such characteristic Dutch mill left.
Restored and put into operation for the enjoyment of its visitors, they can learn, see, hear and experience the fascinating history of industrial hemp in the country of tulips.
It will show how the wind’s strength is harnessed; and the wooden construction and the dust resulting from working hemp revives history before your eyes.
Hemp in Dutch history and culture was always present as a key raw material.
The mill will provide an insight into hemp history
During the visit, you can explore the fascinating part of the authentic Dutch hemp culture at your own pace. The miller will show and explain how the mill does its impressive work. A film will explain how the rebuilding process of the ten-year factory came about. It will also show why industrial hemp was so essential to the lives of so many people in previous centuries.
The hemp mill will be another attraction in the Netherlands for tourists and visitors who want to revive this industry. Hemp, cannabis sativa, has been a crucial plant intertwined with human culture throughout our humanity.
The great Dutch fleet, which once criss-crossed oceans and made the nation one of the most important in the world, has much to thank these mills for. These types of facilities that served and promoted the manufacture of its sails and ropes. Also, hemp oil and seeds were an important food source for Dutch sailors.
If you go to the Netherlands and want to learn about the history and culture of hemp, this historic building must be a must-see.
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