Set within an iconic green building and located upon Amsterdam’s Oosterdok, just minutes away from Central Station, the Nemo Science Centre offers a fun packed, educational experience for all ages. Boasting five floors of science and technology, this interactive museum is definitely worthy of a visit.
often wondered what the huge green building, that was located on the Oosterdok,
actually was during my visits to Amsterdam and was amazed to find that it was
the Nemo Science Centre – an interactive and educational museum dedicated to
science and technology. The centre’s website
spoke of taking part in experiments and creating giant soap bubbles, so I decided
that I would give it a try and join the half a million people who visit every
the train to Centraal Station and made the short walk to the gigantic
structure, similar to that of a ship’s hull, which is the Nemo Science
Centre. The centre was originally
founded in the early 1920s but occupied premises at a different location; it
wasn’t until 1997 that Nemo moved to Amsterdam’s Oosterdok where it was opened by
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
stood in the entrance hallway, looking at centre’s area map, it was easy to see
why Nemo is the largest science centre in the Netherlands, boasting 5 floors of
fun and information. With permanent
exhibitions such as ‘Space Shower’ and ‘Everyone Electric’, a theatre,
workshops and games, I knew that this was going to be a thrilling
experience. I headed straight for the
‘Soap Bubbles’ exhibition and I wasn’t disappointed. Here, I was able to create the biggest bubble
I had ever seen – big enough to fit a person inside – just by using a mixture
of washing up liquid, water and glycerine.
exhibition that I was desperate to view was the ‘Codename: DNA’ which taught me
all about DNA and its history. It was
all truly fascinating, apart from the Age Machine which showed how I would look
30 years from now!! From there, I
proceeded through to many more amazing displays such as ‘Water World’ where you
can purify a bucket of water and ‘Amazing Constructions’ which teaches you
about building bridges and skyscrapers.
all the action, I headed to Nemo’s roof top terrace to relax and enjoy a much
needed cup of coffee from the café. The roof
top offers spectacular views over the city of Amsterdam and is open to the
public free of charge. As I ended my
visit, I made sure that I stopped in at Nemo’s superb gift shop, which sells a
huge range of products such as books, games and experiment sets. I bought myself a bottle of the giant soap
bubbles, which I had enjoyed so much.
My experience of the Nemo Science Centre was a
very good one and it is somewhere that I would most certainly visit again, I
can appreciate why the centre is within the top 5 most visited museums in the
Netherlands. Nemo is open Tuesday to
Sunday and also on some Mondays during the summer holidays. More information, together with online ticket
sales can be found on the centre’s website at www.e-nemo.nl/en/.