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: Life in the Universe, Sensational Science, Science throughout the Ages, The Machine, World of Shapes, Energize, Constructions, Water Power, Innovation Gallery, Teen Facts, Journey Through the Mind and the Laboratory.
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 renewable energy theme.
Do note that NEMO tends to get very busy during school holidays in the 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.
Note, NEMO Science Museum was closed between 13 March and 31 May 2020 due to coronavirus measures. Since reopening on 1 June it is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot in order to maintain social distancing.
NEMO Science Museum Essential Info
|Opening Times||1000-1730 Tue-Sun, closed Mondays except April to August and Dutch school holidays.|
|Admission Prices (2020)||Entry to NEMO costs €17.50. Whilst children 0-3 get in for free, those 4 and over have to pay the full admission price. Museumkaart and Iamsterdam City card holders get free entry. Pre-book your tickets to NEMO online here|
|Getting There||NEMO is easily reached walking east from Amsterdam Central Station towards Oosterdok (15 mins walk). By public transport take GVB bus 22 (Muiderpoortstation) from the central station IJ-side. Get out at stop Kadijksplein.|
NEMO Science Museum, Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 531 3233, nemosciencemuseum.nl