NEMO Science Center is a popular science and technology museum which is 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.
NEMO 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, the NEMO building was designed by renowned 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 Power, Teen Facts, The Joy of Science, Search for Life, Machine Park and Phenomena.
There are several entertaining shows, demonstrations and lab projects everyday. Exhibits are in Dutch, with English summaries.
Facilities include the Foyer café (2nd floor) where you can also bring your own food for consumption. There is also the Rooftop café on the 5th floor where in good weather you can sit out on the roof terrace and enjoy the NEMO Panorama.
Obviously NEMO tends to get very busy during school holidays in Netherlands.
NEMO has a number of rooms available for hire for special events / meetings to a maximum capacity of 2,000 people.
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: 1000-1730 Tue-Sun, closed Mondays except May 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. 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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