Continuing on our canal boat tour we eventually arrived at the harbour and passed the Nemo Museum which is shaped like a giant ship.
The harbour has much to see and photo and for those who do not want to take a canal tour the other opportunity to get on the harbour is on one of the many ferries that cris cross the shores.
NEMO is a Science Museum
I've seen many science museums but so far NEMO is my favorite one. It has all the fun stuff for the kids and adults. The rooftop view is superb! You feel yourself younger here:P
It's free with I Amsterdam Card (if you have to pay 12,50€ but the roof is free for the public)
This was one of the stops on our Canal boat hop-on-hop-off tour.
Our first glance of it is this almost surreal-like green object projecting out of the water... in total juxtaposition to the antiquated architecture elsewhere in Amsterdam.
It is quite stunning, with clean lines and curves.
This is the largest futuristic science center in the Netherlands, and the extraodrdinary building was designed by Renzo Piano.
Here you enter into the world of science and technology, and what is nice here is that you can reach out and touch things, which in most museums you cannot. (The Science Museum in London is the same - you can touch most things).
This makes the experience all the more interactive and enjoyable for youngsters and oldies (like us! haha) alike.
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
Where to start once you’re inside NEMO? That is a question that can’t be answered. I guess everybody first visits the spots he or she is truly interested in. Funny thing is that everybody that enters the museum immediately starts to get into (inter)action. Right at the entrance you can make the biggest soap bubble and see if you fit inside. This is a very crowded part of the museum and once you’re past this point (near the cloakroom) you’ll see everybody split up and they all go their own way.
It’s a great museum! Just enjoy the space shower (cosmic rays will bombarding you), find out how unique you are yourself at “Codename: DNA” and learn the secrets of gravity, light, sound and static electricity at Phenomena section. Don’t forget to visit the roof terrace. Why this particular part was built is quite interesting. The architect came to the conclusion that Amsterdam was missing a ‘piazza’, this in contrast to other world cities. Therefore he created this elevated viewpoint of which you’re able to look over the city. It is truly a breathtaking viewpoint indeed.
This is a really cool museum. It's about science, so you'll learn about things like gravity and waterworks. The cool thing is that you can figure things out by yourself, it's fun for adults and kids. The entrance fee is 11.50 euros.
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.
New Metropolis great for kids, adults may be more impressed with the building's architecture itself, designed ny Renzo Piano.
Use Museumboot, highly recommended especially for the budget conscious, even entitles you to save up to 50% on your museum tickets, and allows your canal sightseeing tour to last all day. You can hop off at 17 different stops along the canals and jump back on any other of the Museum boat's. (they pass by every 15 mins or so) Great if you want to see where all the museums are located so you can return to them later, too.
I wanted to visit the Science Center NEMO for a long time, but somehow the time never came to actually do it. In February 2013 we had the best reason to go for it: my parents were married for 45 years and we treated my parents for a nice day out and NEMO was part of the day we organized. Why was I so anxious on visiting the Science Center NEMO in the first place? Well, because it contains five floors of hands-on science exhibitions and is the largest science center in the Netherlands. My father is a true technician and for his grand children, of course, it would be the perfect place to connect to science and technology. Just enjoying the exhibitions, theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations. Besides that it attracts over 500,000 visitors annually, which makes it the fourth most visited museum in the Netherlands. In my opinion a good reason for a visit.
We traveled by train, which is probably the best way to go to the city of Amsterdam. Nice thing is that the NEMO museum is only a 10 minutes’ walk from Amsterdam Central Station. Walking towards it you simply can’t miss the immense green building. Once we arrived in the building we immediately could feel that in this science centre, visitors of every age and background could make an exciting journey of discovery through the wonderful world of science and technology. So off we went …
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.
For everyone, but especially kids, the NEMO museum is very interesting. It's a scientific museum, shaped like a boat. In summer it serves as a beach as well (from Friday to Sunday).
As my five year old nephew happily told me after his visit: 'I did all sorts of stuff!'. It is a very 'hands-on' museum.
The architect, Renzo Piano, is the same man who did Berlin's Potzdammerplatz and Tokyo Airport.
A good place to sit down for a couple minutes of rest is on the roof of NEMO (the big green ship-alike building close to Central Station). You climb the roof from the open air ships museum. From the top you have quite a nice view of Amsterdam.
The city has some fifty museums and many other exhibition areas. There are over seventy theatres and concert halls and dozens of places where performances are occasionally given.
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!
This ship-shape museum has gotten rave reviews ever since it's opening----the top side turns into a sunning plateau in the summer with sand and all---
a childrens museum supreme with hands on exhibits galore--this is definitely a place to take your kids if in Amsterdam together, or yourself in the summer, to the beach!
tuesday to sundays 10 to 5 pm, june thru august open every day 11.50 euros