Nemo, the Science Museum

Nemo is known to be a museum suitable for adults and children as it deals with scientific topics in a simple and fun way through interactive activities.

The Nemo (or New Metropolis) is one of the most interesting museums in Amsterdam and is also one of the most popular with families because of its many interactive activities that are also suitable for children. In fact, it is especially designed for children and young people from 6 to 16 years old who can test their knowledge in various subjects such as astronomy, physics, mathematics, music and many other areas.

The museum is housed in a majestic building designed by architect Renzo Piano , which stands near the IJ Lake Tunnel (also known as the Ice Tunnel) that was opened in 1968 to connect the centre of Amsterdam with the Amsterdam Noord district.

Things to do and do in the Nemo Museum

Nemo is a four-storey museum facility that deals with science and technology topics in a simple and entertaining way through various interactive activities. Inside, you can follow a path to discover how our society has evolved and continues to progress not only scientifically and technologically, but also historically and culturally. In particular, the birth and evolution of instruments such as the Dictaphone, the Walkman, the carbon cusp lamp, the pulse voltage generator and street lamps are explored.

Visitors to Nemo can try their hand at various games and workshops on topics such as electricity, light, sound and gravity. The highlight of Nemo is that here one learns not only by observing but also by doing exercises and experimenting in small workshops. The museum’s aim is to enable all visitors, regardless of age, to further develop their knowledge in science.

A special section is dedicated to the evolution of man’s relationship with energy, and narrating this relationship are more than 19,000 exhibits, most of which are still functioning and therefore of great historical value. The exhibition is divided into four main collections: lighting, electrical engineering, and domestic energy generation and storage.

The Nemo Building

The Nemo building, designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 1997, is also a real attraction from the outside as it is built on a majestic square overlooking the city. The complex, built next to the IJ tunnel, boasts a copper-green silhouette reminiscent of a ship ready to set sail.

If the exterior architecture is striking in its majesty, the interior, on the other hand, is designed to be simple, minimal and minimise distractions. The walls are a neutral grey colour, the windows reduced to a minimum to encourage concentration on the exhibition route and the lighting well thought out.

Another outstanding feature is the roof of the building where a terrace has been built, covering more than 1000 square metres and housing a total of 17500 individual plants; this is also the ideal place during the warm season to admire a spectacular view over the whole city.

Tickets for the Nemo

Tickets for the Nemo can be purchased conveniently online or at the museum ticket offices. As this is a popular attraction, we recommend that you book your admission in advance. Children under 3 years get in free.

Combined ticket with cruise

If you want to combine entry to the Nemo with a canal cruise, purchase a combination ticket that will save you money on individual tickets.

Free entry with the I Amsterdam City Card

The Nemo Science Museum is one of the attractions included in the I Amsterdam City Card, the official card of the Amsterdam Tourist Board. If you are planning to visit several museums and attractions in the city and travel unlimited by public transport, it is definitely cheaper to buy the city card instead of a single entrance ticket.

Nemo opening hours

Nemo’s opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30. Mondays are closed.

How to reach Nemo

Nemo can be easily reached on foot from the Central Station by walking about 15 minutes. From the main exit (centre side) of the station, turn left and then follow the signs. Those who wish to travel by public transport can take bus no. 22 to the Kadijksplein stop, which is located near the museum.

Nemo is easy to reach by car, but the museum does not have its own car park, although several paid car parks are available nearby.

Useful information

Address

Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contacts

TEL: +31 20 531 3233

Timetables

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Friday: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 17:30
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30

Transports

Metro stops

  • Amsterdam Centraal (986 mt)

Where is located Nemo, the Science Museum

Nemo is located in the area known as Oosterdok (from the Dutch 'eastern basin'), a former reservoir of the capital. The museum was opened above the IJ tunnel that connects the city centre with the Amsterdam Noord district passing under the freshwater lake IJ.

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