NEMO is one of the most attractive, unique, and interesting science museums situated in the Netherlands. It is designed by an Italian architect Renzo Piano and features most interactive exhibitions and hands-on experiments. The purpose of this museum is to educate and make travelers aware of the admiration and remarkable features of science.
The design of this museum is like a gigantic green, copper-clad ship structure building, situated near Amsterdam Central Station which is not missed by any traveler who is passing by the street. From closed ones to open-air exhibitions, this museum is fun to explore for all ages from children to adults to elders.
NEMO Amsterdam is famous for its natural phenomenal work like sound, light electricity; where you experience the universe through planets and stars. There are a lot of things to learn in this museum from fun-filled experiments to learning to make energy from water, light, and wind. It is great for all ages from children to grown-ups to elders, as you will learn different stages of science. Inside this giant green structure, you will discover loads of presentations and exhibitions of gadgets and experiments. You will be amazed to see the displays of the human body, engineering, and energy.
- Sunday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
- Monday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
- Tuesday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
- Wednesday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
- Thursday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
- Friday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
- Saturday : 10:00 am to 05:30 pm
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
How to Reach
- By Flight : You can take a flight from any country and reach Amsterdam airport. From here, you can either hire a taxi or take a train from the airport to the Museum which takes approximately 24 minutes. You can also hire and ride a bike to the Museum.
- By Bus : To enjoy the view of the city, the best way is to take public transport. While traveling on the bus you can even click pictures and look around the streets which will be fun to experience.
- By Train : There are many train lines that you can take, the closest stations to NEMO Center are Amsterdam Muzeikgeb and Kadijksplein. From here, you can walk for 6-12 minutes to reach the museum. It would be best to buy an Amsterdam City card for convenience. As you can use that for any public transport. You will also get a 20% discount if you buy this card.
- Ticket : € 16.23 per person,
€ 16.23 per child,
The ticket is free for children below 4 years of age,
Canal Boat Tour € 20.87 per person
Tour inside the Museum – You will enjoy looking at the science textbooks and encyclopedias, you can also expand your scientific knowledge by learning and gaining the concepts. You will discover that technology and science can be interesting for everyone.
Activities – Apart from learning from the textbooks, there are many hands-on activities that you can explore like a chain reaction, or blowing soap bubbles. All such experiments happen in real in the laboratory. You will not be able to take the eyes off from the smart transportation technology and ancient times atlases and journals.
Rooftop Terrace – Rooftop terrace in summers is a nice place for tourists to hang out and spend time while enjoying a drink with your friends and family. The experience of sitting on the terrace will be unforgettable and you can look around the city from a lofty point. It is freely accessible for all travelers. Aside from this, you can bring your food and snack to the assigned places.
Vondel Park – If you want to spend alone time, in a peaceful environment and away from the hustle-bustle of the city then take a tour of this green Vondel park. It is a perfect place for a bike ride or a long walk. It is a kid’s friendly park and they can play in the ground.
Canal Boat Tours – The picturesque and magnificent waterways are a must to explore during the day especially when the sun is shining bright and you can combine your tour with food and drinks.
After taking a tour of the museum, if you feel hungry there are plenty of food options you can try, especially the Indian restaurants. To name a few: Taj Indian, Mount Everest Tandoori, Tulsi Indian, Anmol Indian restaurant. These restaurants serve the mouth-watering delicacies which will be enjoyed by most of the travelers. With their authentic food and great services, these restaurants are interesting and great to dine in.
NEMO Science Museum, Oosterdok, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rating & Reviews
I love science museum. I've been to quite a few. I loved NEMO it is very dynamic and hands on... I will not give 5 starts just because I thought that this museum was more focused on kids than a general public. However, if you have kids it is the best place to take them in Amsterdam.
A lovely place with so many fun things to do. Even with corona it was still very packed so during peak holiday times I feel you wouldn't be able to experience it fully as the waiting times on each "attraction" would be too long. But for me a highlight of my whole Amsterdam holiday
We have always heard great things about this museum and its interactive nature, so we finally decided to check it out and I can honestly say it was amazing.
There was a great balance of education, exploration and fun and things to do for all ages, however, I must say it's a bit embarrassing when adults are holding up queues of children to play on every exhibition! This is very much a kid-centric place and so it should be!
We enjoyed the lab experiments which highlighted the importance of using sunscreen and the puzzles dotted throughout certainly piqued my child's interest.
For such a hands on venue, it was great to see the amount of hand sanitizing stations available to us and they made hand cleaning a feature of the exhibit! Pandemic or not, I'm glad to see children being more hygienic!
We booked tickets online on the day and we arrived 20 minutes early, they were not busy and therefore we didn't want to queue. I would dread to go there on a busy day as I can imagine queuing for every exhibit to be rather tedious. We did queue for a couple of exhibits, but it wasn't overly time consuming.
My son had a lot of fun and used every second of our 2 hour slot, he probably could have stayed another 2 hours but we were satisfied with the amount of time to explore!
There were clear markings on the floor to guide us in, around and out which aided the social distancing measures.
The cafe and toilets were open and clean.
Overall it was a great day out in a lovely location!
"Science Museum" is a massive misnomer, because this place is little more than a glorified playground, very clearly designed for young children, that teaches little to nothing of the actual science behind the demonstrations (several of which were poorly maintained and a few even not working at all). If you're older than 10 and are not bringing children of that age, there's nothing for you here (In fact, you'll feel massively out of place); no appeal to an adult audience, and certainly not worth the rather steep €17,5 Adult entrance fee.
Really great visit! So many things to try out! It's perfect for children but also really interesting for adults as well. I really recommend it to you, but beware that you'd have to explain a lot to your children if they can't read or don't speak Dutch or English.
the roof terrace is also really nice! you get in for free if you already are in the museum. It has an incredible view and quite tasty pizza and fries, but the food and drinks are quite expensive.