A tall, green ship rises above the water of the IJ waterway. This is NEMO, the largest science centre in the Netherlands where you can dive into experiments and explore science and technology. Anyone curious about the world in which we live will adore this interactive museum – the perfect place to smell, hear, taste, feel and see how our planet works.
Science Centre NEMO is located at walking distance from Amsterdam’s Central Station and easily recognisable by its large green copper bow. The futuristic building was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. A large roof terrace on top of the museum gives visitors amazing views of the city. Inside, there are 5 floors full of fascinating exhibitions that introduce visitors of all ages to science in a light-hearted way.
Have you always wanted to know how lightning works? Or what the odds are of an alien knocking on your door? These and many other topics are addressed at NEMO. The museum allows children and their parents to experiment, discover and experience. In the exhibition You, Me, Electricity, for example, you will meet the charming Elektra, the largest humanoid robot in Europe. She’ll show you how we use electricity and magnetism to communicate over long distances, for instance via telephone, radio or e-mail.
You can also visit the Codename: DNA exhibition. Here, you will be taken on a journey through your own body. From the discovery of DNA in 1869 to the future possibilities it offers, all the ins and outs are explored. Visitors learn why they have blue, brown or green eyes, and how DNA is used to solve crimes. Those who dare can take a look in the Age Machine which shows you how you’ll look in 30 years.
In ‘Journey through the mind’ visitors learn how the brain, the most mysterious organ in the human body, works. It answers many common questions in the field of psychology. Why do people fall in love? What effect does music have on the mind? Where do our fantasies come from? Visitors can also try to trick a lie detector or analyse their facial expressions in the Emotion Identifier. Did you know that 83 percent of the Mona Lisa looks happy, and the remainder is disgust, fear and anger? If you like playing games, try Pong; keep your hands behind your back though as this game requires you to make silly faces!