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NEMO Science Museum Amsterdam

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).

nemo science museum amsterdam entrance
NEMO Science Museum – entrance

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.

nemo science museum demonstration
NEMO Science Museum demonstration

Facilities include the the Café (2nd floor) and the museum restaurant – located on the 5th floor at NEMO’s sloping roof terrace which offers panoramic views of Amsterdam. The terrace is currently only accessible to museum visitors and includes an interactive exhibition called Energetica, with a renewable energy theme.

nemo science museum roof terrace
NEMO Science Museum roof terrace in Amsterdam

Do note that NEMO is busier 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.

It is mandatory to pre-book a ticket and timeslot.

NEMO Science Museum Essential Info

Opening Times1000-1730 Tue-Sun, closed Mondays except July and August and Dutch school holidays. Open from 5 June 2021.
Admission Prices (2021)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 ThereNEMO is easily reached walking east from Amsterdam Central Station towards Oosterdok (15 mins walk). By public transport take GVB bus 43 (direction: Borneo Eiland) from the Central station IJ-side. Get out at stop Kadijksplein and walk 5-10 mins.

NEMO Science Museum, Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 531 3233, nemosciencemuseum.nl

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