There is an unusual building in the harbour of Amsterdam which can be seen from afar. Only when standing in front of the entrance door it becomes apparent that it is a museum.
Renzo Piano designed this unusual building, which is often compared to a ship. The building was built directly on the roof of the IJ tunnel and serves as a truly unusual entrance into the tunnel.
The NEMO is a technology museum that was opened in 1997 under the name “New Metropolis”. In 2000 it was renamed and it is estimated to be visited by some 300,000 visitors each year.
On 4 levels, the NEMO Museum presents a series of hands-on experiments that allow interesting and exciting insights in different areas of science for both kids and adults alike. In the Biology section, for example, the topic “DNA” is explored and visitors can embark on a journey into the human brain. A science show, which is offered several times a day, doesn’t fail to inspire (not only) the kids with astonishing scientific phenomena. The museum allows to touch and understand physics, chemistry and biology. Actually, it is aimed at children from 6-16 years, but many adults marvel at the explanations here as well.
A particularly beautiful spot can be found on the slanting roof of the museum. From here you have a great view over the entire city. You can access the rooftop for free when there are not too many visitors in the museum. The view was good and we found some rest from the hustle and bustle of the city.
1011 VX Amsterdam,
May – August: Daily 10 am – 5.30 pm (Also during the entire school holidays)
September – April: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Children under 4 years: free of charge
From 4 years to years: 15, – €
Tip: you can save money with the museum card!