NEMO Amsterdam review

NEMO science museum Amsterdam: a review!

Based on our visit to NEMO, we are writing this comprehensive NEMO Amsterdam review! We think this science museum is one of the most fun children’s activities you can do in Amsterdam. Of course, this is why we have included this family-friendly museum in Amsterdam in our blog Amsterdam with kids, where we have listed all the children’s activities in the capital. So in this blog we list all the information for NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam and hopefully give you a good impression of the museum.

NEMO Amsterdam review
NEMO Amsterdam review

General information NEMO Amsterdam

NEMO Amsterdam tickets

Tickets for NEMO Amsterdam can be purchased on the NEMO website. Children up to three years old are admitted free of charge, and kids (four and older) and adults pay the same entrance fee to this family-friendly museum. You can visit this museum “for free” with a museum annual pass, an I Amsterdam City Card and also with the Friends Lottery VIP card.

With the latter card, we ourselves also visited the museum, and if you regularly visit different cities, this card can be quite a benefit for families.

NEMO Amsterdam discount

As we mentioned, you can visit the NEMO museum “for free” with several passes in Amsterdam. In addition, with a CJP pass or student card, you can get 50% off the entrance fee to this science museum in Amsterdam. There are also regular discount offers online for the museum, so keep a close eye on the Internet if you want to visit the museum with kids.

Sciencemuseum Amsterdam
Sciencemuseum Amsterdam

NEMO Amsterdam parking

Unfortunately, the science museum in Amsterdam does not have its own parking lot where you can park your car. However, the museum is located fairly centrally in the city of Amsterdam and there are several parking garages near the museum. For example, you have the Oosterdok parking garages (is 400 meters away from the museum), Makenhoven (distance is 600 meters from the museum), Waterlooplein parking garage (750 meters) and the Amsterdam Centraal parking garage (1.3 kilometers).

Keep in mind that the prices of these parking garages are quite high and, of course, you will have to go through the city by car. You can also choose as we often do to park the car cheaply on the outskirts of the city in a P&R parking lot and then take public transportation to the museum. From the central station, it is about a 15-minute walk to the museum. We did this ourselves and it was fine with our daughter.

NEMO Amsterdam opening hours

NEMO Amsterdam’s opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. in the morning to 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon. During school vacations and also on public holidays and in the summer months (from April to September), you can also visit NEMO Amsterdam on Mondays. You can arrange tickets in advance and then you can also book a start time, so the museum can make sure the museum doesn’t get too crowded at a certain time!

NEMO Amsterdam for what age?

What age is NEMO Amsterdam suitable for? We visited the museum when our daughter was five years old and it was quite manageable. She understood most of the tests with our help. Up to about twelve years old, kids can have a great time here. So we would say that the this science museum in Amsterdam is suitable for kids aged 4 to 12.

Science Museum Amsterdam
Science Museum Amsterdam

The science museum NEMO Amsterdam

For this science museum in Amsterdam, you can easily set aside half a day. You can do dozens of experiments here with kids, so you’ll soon have quite a few hours of entertainment. There are a total of five different floors, with different exhibits on each floor. There are also shows at certain times in the museum, where museum employees demonstrate all kinds of scientific experiments. Going to see one of these shows is definitely recommended.

For example, we start in the museum on the second floor and go up one floor at a time in the museum. On the first floor, everything is already dedicated to science and you can do various experiments. This exhibit is called Wonderful Science, where kids can see how a lightning bulb works, how to blow huge bubbles and how to communicate with each other remotely. Various natural phenomena such as sound, light and electricity are highlighted here.

On the second floor you have the Technium exhibition, where kids get a look at how certain logistics processes work. They can control a robotic arm and prepare an order for transport. Kids can also experiment with different structures on this floor, which includes building. For example, they can start building a skyscraper and a bridge.

In this part of the museum, there are also exhibitions dedicated to water and energy, where kids can also do all kinds of experiments such as, for example, generating energy through the flow of water, as well as, for example, through the wind.

NEMO Amsterdam tickets
NEMO Amsterdam tickets

The exhibition on the third floor of NEMO Amsterdam is called Elementa and actually consists of two parts. In the first section you have a kind of laboratory, where kids as young as six can perform experiments. The other part in this museum is dedicated to the universe and here too you can do all kinds of experiments, such as the interactive game where you have to protect the earth with a shield against UV rays and meteorites.

The fourth floor is all about people. As in the rest of the science museum, kids can do all kinds of games and tests related to humans here. This part of the museum is suitable for slightly older kids, but we also had a great time here with our six-year-old daughter.

On the fifth floor, there are then outside (Energetics) several more activities to do. In addition to having a great view of Amsterdam, you also have all kinds of installations here that are all about energy. All in all, there is enough entertainment and trials to keep kids entertained here for quite a few hours. The museum is also really geared toward kids, so most of the experiments are easy for kids to perform.

NEMO science museum
NEMO science museum

Food and drink at the museum

It is also possible to get something to eat and drink at NEMO Amsterdam. So you have a restaurant sitting on the fifth floor, where you can have a great healthy meal. We ourselves had lunch here with the family and it was extremely tasty. In addition, you have a nice view of Amsterdam from this floor. By the way, you may also bring your own food and drink to the museum. The museum has certain places where you can then have something to eat and drink with the kids.

NEMO Amsterdam food and drink
NEMO Amsterdam food and drink

Conclusion

We had a super good time at this science museum in Amsterdam. We visited the museum at the beginning of the day and did not leave the museum until after lunch. You can do a lot of different experiments here with kids, and of course for kids, besides being a lot of fun, it is also very educational. For more information about this museum, take a look at the NEMO Amsterdam website.

Science Museum Amsterdam
Science Museum Amsterdam

Where to stay in Amsterdam with kids?

Amsterdam is a very cool city to visit for a weekend. We have already taken a city trip to Amsterdam more than ten times and have slept in more than ten different accommodations in Amsterdam. We wrote the blog family-friendly hotel Amsterdam about it, listing the nicest hotels where we slept.

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