NEMO Science Museum is a popular science and technology museum located in one of Amsterdam's most renowned buildings.
NEMO is great for both kids and adults alike, with exhibitions academically designed in order to inspire and actively stimulate the mind.
The NEMO building is in the striking form of a green ship hull sited on top of the IJ river car tunnel - particularly appropriate considering Amsterdam's rich maritime history. Opened in 1997, the NEMO building was designed by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano whose other work includes Pompidou Centre (Paris), Potzdammer Platz (Berlin) and the Shard (London).
Spread over 4 floors, there are a number of fascinating science-themed exhibitions with plenty of hands-on equipment. Permanent exhibitions at NEMO currently on show are: Amazing Constructions, Smart Technology, Journey Through the Mind, Water World, Water Power, Teen Facts, Science throughout the Ages, the Search for Life, Machine Park and Energize.
There are several entertaining shows, demonstrations and lab projects everyday. Exhibits are in Dutch, with English summaries.
Facilities include the the Café (2nd floor) and the new DAK restaurant - located on the 5th floor at NEMO's piazza-themed roof terrace which offers panoramic views of Amsterdam. The terrace is freely accessible to the public (via steps) and includes an interactive exhibition called Energetica, with a renwable energy theme. For more see NEMO Panorama.
Do note that NEMO tends to get very busy during school holidays in Netherlands.
NEMO has a number of rooms available for hire for special events or meetings to a maximum capacity of 2,000 people.
NEMO Schiphol - NEMO also has 5 interactive installations located on Holland Boulevard between piers E and F (departures side) of Amsterdam Schiphol airport, open to passengers.
NEMO Science Museum Essential Info
Opening Times: 1000-1730 Tue-Sun, closed Mondays except April to August and Dutch school holidays.
Admission Prices (2016): 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. Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City card 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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