We just had a look at this fascinating museum from the outside, but that was already impressive enough!!!
This museum is an architectural masterpiece! It is shaped like a huge ship and houses what I read to be an exciting interactive museum of science and technology, designed primarily for 5-15 year olds.
NEMO can get very crowded on wet days during bank holidays, so try visiting on weekdays which are less croweded.
During the school holidays, NEMO is open daily from 10.00 -17.00 .
Outside the school holidays, (check dates with the tourist information service, VVV) opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 -17.00, closed Mondays. Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Queen's Day
This is one of the new modern buildings in Amsterdam designed by world-famous architect Renzo Piano. The remarkable ship formed green building is named N E M O, the former NEW METROPOLIS. Its location is along the IJ-bank right on top of the entrance of the IJtunnel.
The N E M O looks quite impressive for a science centre (sailing along is great!) and is the official technology museum. It is also the meeting centre for all sort of events and has exhibition space. See the terrace built like a square looking over Amsterdam in Southerly direction!
Open from 10 am to 5 pm
Entrance is 11 Euro
Again I found in Amsterdam the name of the little clown fish - NEMO :) As well as the Disney's movie, the Nemo museum is designed for children aged 4-16 (as well as for their parents) fascinated by science and technology. I admit I didn't go inside but instead I have admired the original shape of the massive building from the cruise boat.
The NeMo (National Center for Science and Technology) boat-like green building was designed by Renzo Piano, not other than the one who designed the Centre Pompidou in Paris (hosting the Museum of Modern Art and a vast library).
The exterior is covered with copper and in time it took the green color. The roof of the building is sloped and uses as a roof terrace. There are stairways on the sides that leads people to the terrace, which provides a view of both Amsterdam and the water of the IJ.
although my Dutch friends think that it's for children... i believe that adults will enjoy it as well..... u can play and gain knowledge at the same time....
in d museum u will see lots of strange devices and instruments and what's fun is that u can try them out and see how they works........ that way, u can learn a lot without haveing 2 listen a professor giving boring lectures....
Since 1997 is this biggest science centre in the Netherlands situated here in this building, which has the shape of a 30 m ship above the water surface. It is an educational attraction, where you can discover a world of science and technology in an entertaining way. In fact you are not a visitor, but a researcher, so you will learn about technology and engineering, ICT and bio- and behavioural sciences.
Do not omit to visit the upper deck (roof). It has a magnificent view over (historic) Amsterdam and in summer it is transformed into a beach.
In general: open daily except on Monday
This is a science museum especially for kids. I'd say the best age would be around 10-12. Or then 28, because I really loved it :-))
There are a lot of things to try and do, like making electricity, giant soap bubbles, domino chain reactions, etc etc etc.
Admission is 11 Euro. It's not exactly cheap but worth it. You can easily spend a few hours inside the museum!
Make sure to go on top of the roof after exploring the museum. You can go on top of the roof even without paying in, just walk up the stairs from the outside or take the elevator in the entrance hall! It's a great view from there!
The NEMO museum is a mueum that kids really like. It is a modern center for science and technology. There are some fun hands on exhibitions here.
The building (1997) is from the Italian architect Renzo Piano and looks like a green ship, rising from the water. If you don't fancy this sort of museum it is also nice to go there for the view. From the Prins Hendrikkade you can reach the museum?s highest point via some stairs and a footbridge. The roof is open to everyone.
Amsterdam is a bit unfriendly to children. There's little for them to do. One exception is Nemo. You can't miss it, that strange big building not far from central station, looking like a whale stranded on dry land. When built it was given the stupid name New Metropolis (typically Amsterdam, a Dutch name was right out, it has to be "international"), but thankfully it was renamed Nemo soon. This is THE place to go to if you're with children. It's some sort of science museum but not so much with exhibits, but rather with lots of 'scientific experiments' for the children to do, like making giant bubbles of soap. I'm not so sure if I would go here without children as there's little to do for adults, except for seeing the children enjoying themselves.
Or so my clever son RubenE tells me. He's very much into Latin and Greek literature as we will find out later in the day.
Nemo is an experience between fantasy and reality and educates in areas as natural sciences, technology, information technology and biomedical sciences.
We were not going inside today but you can read more information on the website below.
The New Metropolis Museum (NEMO) is an educational attraction where you and your kids can discover a world of science and technology in an entertaining way. Superstar Italian Architect Renzo Piano, inspired by the shape of ships docked nearby, designed the building in 1997.
The roof of Nemo is something like a combination of a tribune and a square. Officially it is a square, named after Wim T. Schippers, artist, writer, singer, generally silly man and, most important, the voice of Ernie in the Dutch version of Sesame Street. From this place you have a fabulous view over the city! And it's a public place, so it's accessible for non-visitors to Nemo too. If you want to make some panorama shots or just want to admire the view, go here. More pics with explanations are in the Panorama travelogue.
The IJ-tunnel is a busy entry to Amsterdam from the north. If you exit Amsterdam, it is as if you drive right into Nemo but of course you go underneath it.
The IJ is the water that goes along Central Station (north) and connects Amsterdam with the North Sea.
A main attraction of Nemo is the walk up the roof from where you can get a great view of Amsterdam. The slope is not too steep so it's an easy walk. However, the roof itself was closed until March and the only way to get there was to pay entry to the museum (€ 10) and we weren't prepared to do that. So we walked up to the gate at the end of the stairs and looked down over the water (Dok) on one side and the entry to the IJ tunnel on the other side.
Turning around (still on Prins Hendrikkade) , it is a kind of culture shock to see the modern architecture of Nemo (New Metropolis). Leaving behind beautiful Jugendstil with a sigh, we move on and cross the street onto the Oosterdokskade.
I will definitely return here to see if the Scheepvaarthuis can be visited inside. If so, I'll tell you on this page.
This is a must-do museum if you have kids. It is a science museum for kids from 4 years and up. You can touch everything, do experiments like making a huge soap bubble around yourself and thouroughly enjoy a day out.
I took my two nephews thee aged 5 and 12 at that time and i really had a hard time getting to the 2nd floor. And we never even reached the 3th.
There is also a roof terrace that you can visit (even if you don't visit the museum).
Entree fee is 10 euro p.p. Kids under 4 pay no fee.