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NEMO Science Museum

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Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
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Address: Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 531 3233
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Expand your world at NEMO Science Museum. In the largest science museum of...

Expand your world at NEMO Science Museum. In the largest science museum of the Netherlands you will find proof that science and technology can be captivating for all ages. The remarkable building on top of the IJ-tunnel offers five floors of exciting hands-on activities. At NEMO you can experience the joy of science and technology, by blowing gigantic soap bubbles, watch an enormous chain reaction and experiment in a real laboratory. In a variety of exhibitions you can 'Take a journey through the mind' or learn that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to sustainable electricity and smart transportation at 'Smart Technology'. Enjoy a magnificent view over Amsterdam The creative mind behind NEMO, build in 1997, is Italian architect Renzo Piano. He had a clear vision for his design of the NEMO building, with its very own piazza 22 metres above water level. The spectacular roof terrace has a magnificent view over Amsterdam and the Eastern Docklands. You can access the roof terrace free of charge. The roof terrace and cafe in NEMO are the perfect places to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink.

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Plenty things for children from 5 to all adults willing to learn and experiment different thing. Now exhibition was about electricity, mind, sexuality... But many "machine" did... read more

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Raseborg, Finland
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Plenty things for children from 5 to all adults willing to learn and experiment different thing. Now exhibition was about electricity, mind, sexuality... But many "machine" did not work.

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I'm no science geek by any stretch, but the museum is pretty much set up for kids... practical hands on and easy to understand... which was great for me and my completely unscientific brain. Worth the visit!

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Charneca da Caparica, Portugal
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It was our first place visited in town. The adults enjoyed it , but the kids loved it. They tried (or wanted to try) all the activitues or experiences.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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We took to heart the museum guide that said it would be suitable for adults as well as children - this is only true if you relish screaming excitable children. They were enjoying themselves but it wasn't really aimed at adults. Sorry but a bit disappointed, we left quickly and regretted spending the money

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This architecturally interesting museum has some for the whole family. The lower floor has a of hands on activities for small children and becomes more complex with each level. Floor could occupy adults for the better part of an afternoon.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took two ten year olds. Completely hands on. They were delighted. We arrived late so could only stay and hour and a half. The children would have been happy to press buttons and run around all afternoon. Lovely cafe on the top floor and beautiful garden with tulips and a wide open view.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That's how science museum for kids needs to look like. We were there without our kids but looking forward to be back with them

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NEMO Science Museum is a science center in Amsterdam, very close to the Central rail station. The museum is housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano. It contains five floors of hands-on science exhibitions and attracts annually over 500,000 visitors, which makes it the fifth most visited museum in the Netherlands. Is perfect for children between the ages of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

ok, I know this is a place that most people with kids will find amazing, but it is also amazing for grown ups too! It has the shape of a ship and inside it hosts small and big physics experiments that you can react with! Kafeteria, burger place, gift shop and I think a movie theater!

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Really nice for a rainy day with kids. Lots of fun scientific experiments to do yourself and experience.

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Staying in Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)

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Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
A visit to Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands presents the opportunity to marvel at its many modern architectural masterpieces like the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and the beguiling Python Bridge while taking in its scenic waterfront with its trendy assortment of cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Here in this post-industrial (though in some parts still very much presently industrial) neighborhood, you’ll find a smart selection of cool galleries and shops as well as the kid-friendly Science Center NEMO and the National Maritime Museum.
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