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Science Center NEMO: time to experiment!

A tall, green building 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 Center NEMO is located at walking distance from Amsterdam’s Central Station and easily recognisable by its large green copper curve. 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.

Optical illusion and energy

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 ‘World of Shapes’, children will appear larger than their parents in the Ames room. Yet seated on a gigantic chair everyone feels tiny.

You can also visit the exhibit `Full of Energy’. Use wind, light and water to capture as much energy as possible. Then use this energy to power all kinds of fascinating objects. By converting the energy correctly, the object will move faster and faster! Visitors will also learn in a fun and educational way why renewable energy sources are better for the environment than fossil fuels.

Capture your own energy

Tricking the lie detector

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!

NEMO by night