NEMO Science Center is a popular 'hands-on' science and technology museum with exhibits which are great for both adults and kids.
Some NEMO exhibitions have been designed with input from universities - the aim is to teach and stimulate the mind in an active rather than passive manner.
The Nemo building is in the striking form of a green ship hull sited on top of the river IJ car tunnel - particularly appropriate considering Amsterdam's rich maritime history. Opened in 1997, Nemo was designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano whose other work includes Pompidou Centre (Paris), Potzdammer Platz (Berlin) and the Shard (London).
There are a wide variety of exhibitions at Nemo spread over 4 deks (levels) - topics covered include the brain, DNA, electricity, world of water, adolescence, hydrogen fuel, computers and the origins of life. Have a conversation with Elektra, the biggest human-like robot in Europe. There are several entertaining shows, demonstrations and lab projects everyday. Exhibits are in Dutch, with English summaries.
Cafe Renzo Piano on the ground floor is open to the public, as is the NEMO Science shop. Inside on dek 2 there is the Columbus Foyer cafe, where you can also bring your own food for consumption.
In the summer it is possible to climb up to the roof terrace: see Boven Nemo Panorama - where you will find deckchairs and the DEK5 cafe.
Obviously Nemo tends to get quite busy during school holidays in Netherlands.
Nemo also has its Glazen Balzaal (Glass Ballroom) on dek 1 available for hire for special events / meetings.
NEMO Schiphol - NEMO also has 6 interactive exhibits located at the beginning of pier B (departures side) of Amsterdam Schiphol airport, freely open to passengers.
NEMO Essential Info
Opening Times: 1000-1700 Tue-Sun, closed Mondays except June to August and Dutch school holidays.
Admission Prices (2014): Entry to Nemo costs €15. Whilst children 0-3 get in for free, those 4 and over have to pay the full admission price - this could be expensive for a large group. However, Museumkaart holders get free entry.
Getting There: Located on Oosterdok, Nemo is easily reached walking east from Amsterdam Central Station - though note the current development work around Oosterdok. By public transport take GVB bus 22 (Indische Buurt) or 48 (Borneo-Eiland) from the central station bus stop near the Victoria hotel. Get out at stop Kadijksplein, not far from the museum.
Oosterdok 2, Amsterdam
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