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)
One of the interesting buildings we passed on the Canal Trip was the NEMO Science Center. While their website says it looks like a "large green ship moored on top of a busy car tunnel", I thought it looked like a whale breeching the water.
The ship next to the Nemo building is a replica of the "Amsterdam" which is temporarily moored there until the renovation of the Maritime Museum is complete.
NEMO is not a museum, at least not in the traditional sense. It doesn't have a collection of things from a specific era, but rather it has good interactive exhibition on how things work. The organization calls itself a 'Science Center'.
It is a striking building - a green structure that resembles the front part of a ship - unmissable due to its proximity to the Central Station.
It really is only an interesting place to go to if you have children. They will have fun with the interactive exhibition sets learning about how things work and you will have fun teaching them.
The science center is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Admission costs 11.5 Euro per person
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.
Nemo museum is a futuristic science centre designed by Renzo Piano
Here the emphasis is on touching the exhibition & experimenting
Great for children
Entry is Euro 11
For Euro 2.50 you can climb in the back entrance up about 130 steps & get a great view of the harbour. The entry price includes a free drink in the bar - we managed to get in for free as the weather was not great so no-one was manning the entrance. These stairs have a water feature & deck chairs simulating a beach set up. There is a telescope & an ariel viewing map of things you can see from the top of the stairs what to look out for
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
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!