An illusion room in NEMO museum Amsterdam

THE BEST AND UNIQUE MUSEUM OF AMSTERDAM: NEMO

Amsterdam is a city of art and culture.

If you can’t travel the whole world, but you would love to see it somehow – come to Amsterdam! The population of Amsterdam is one of the most diverse in the whole world with over 180 nationalities plus this fascinating Dutch capital has more than 75 museums all around the city. As a matter of fact, Amsterdam has been declared as the world’s most popular city with the most cultural attractions per capita.

The choice is enormous. From modern and contemporary art, science, film, biology, photography to houseboat museum, cannabis, erotic and torture museum. There is simply a little bit of everything for everyone.

@marko_arch

I must admit I haven’t been to many museums in Amsterdam. Somehow, I never had enough time. However, I’ve been to few and I want to present you one unique museum I believe you will adore as much as I do. In this post, I’ll describe you my favourite museum in Amsterdam: NEMO Science Museum. A museum that will drive you to the past and pull you back-to the future.

@liammcgarry

BOAT-SHAPED BUILDING

The building of the museum is striking. It represents a full size replica of a Dutch trading ship that is docked on a pier. The architect was Renzo Piano, surprisingly – not a Dutch but an Italian man. Believe it or not, the museum was build on top of a tunnel and connects city center and the North part of the city.

On the ROOF OF THE NEMO SCIENCE MUSEUM you can enjoy in amazing views over Amsterdam, being in the tallest town square in the whole Netherlands – 22 metres above water level. (considering the whole country is below the sea level, this is quite high!) Here you will also find the open-air exhibition Energetica, a huge terrace and a gorgeous healthy-style restaurant.

I recommend you to visit the roof on a sunny day and enjoy in interplay between the elements (water, sun, wind) via sculptures and installations that you can operate yourself and find more about how renewable energy works. The roof is also a nice to just relax.

@ollar

But that’s not end of the story about the exterior of NEMO. As I already mentioned in few of my previous articles, Dutch people are truly genius architects and builders and I keep admire them in all what they did and what they still do.
They’ve even made a green roof on NEMO since 2013 as a part of Amsterdam’s natural environment. On the roof, you can find 14 types of succulent and 25 different types of herbs (17,500 individual plants.)

This is how NEMO building looks like from outside

Besides, there are two hives of approximately 20,000 Buckfast bees situated on the roof. However, don’t worry, these kind of bees are super friendly and quiet and you probably won’t even see them.  

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO FIND IN NEMO?

NEMO Science Museum offers stories of science and technology via devices and inventions on 5 floors. The museum has a collection of approximately 19,500 objects that explain the story of man and energy. The main focus is exactly the energy, but in a broad sense of the word.
Literally, this means that in NEMO museum you can find it all; from a walkman, rare algae and pieces of meteors to “how it works” interaction devices, quizzes to test your IQ, optical illusions and so much more. It’s a perfect place to grab lots of knowledge and entrain yourself, your family and friends. 

I am finally bigger than my bae! 🙂
NEMO is definitely making you feel like a kid on certain floors


If you love bunch of facts and if you constantly question everything like I do, NEMO is definitely a must place you shouldn’t avoid when in Amsterdam.
Check NEMO’s interesting section online with many explanations called: “Discover The World Around You At Home”.

A Waterclock from Bernard Gitton installed in NEMO in 2011.
An old compas
Collection of old phones and other technology devices

1.) THE LOBBY

In the lobby, you can find a Water Clock small cafeteria and a gift shop which sells small copies of some of the attractions in the museum, books, cards, crystals and many more interesting things.

2.) FIRST FLOOR

The main focus on the first floor is DNA and chain reactions. Plenty of devices that will blow your mind.

3.) SECOND FLOOR

On the second floor you can find many objects to play with and understand how and why something works. A great thing is that on each floor you have a great explanation next to every device or you can always call stuff to explain you better. There’s also a small cafeteria and a movie/performance hall where many acts, movies and shows about science are shown.

In NEMO you are able to see many on-screen presentations

3.) THIRD FLOOR

There’s a giant science lab on the third floor where you can do science experiments such as looking at DNA, testing electricity etc. There is also a small part of knowledge about money and business.

In NEMO Science Museum Lab, you can learn how to make electricity with a help of onions

4.) FOURTH FLOOR

This floor is dedicated to the human mind and it’s my favourite! It contains of many experiments such as memory tests, mind solving problems, IQ tests, sense testers and many more. This floor is quite dark which adds more to overall impression.

On the fourth floor, there’s a section dedicated to sex
A spider’s web made under the influence of a psychedelic drug-LSD

5.) FIFTH FLOOR

This floor has a cafeteria, a children’s play area and a great views of the city.

FROM WHERE ARE ALL THOSE OBJECTS IN NEMO?

The vast majority of NEMO’s historical and engineering collection comes from the former Amsterdam Museum Energetica. That former museum had a large donations too. Most of the objects in NEMO are very rare and you won’t see them anywhere in the world, but in NEMO.

The only place on Earth where you can find this ZEBRA ROCK is in Western Australia. How the stripes are formed is still a mystery
BRAIN CORAL: this is the limestone of a brain coral, an animal.

WORKING HOURS

The museum is currently closed due to corona virus measures. I hope everything goes well as soon as possible and measures become less strict and we can all travel again. For future visits, it’s important to mention that this museum is a popular place for families. It can be busy and loud and you often have to wait your turn to try some device. That’s why you should avoid NEMO during school holidays and during holidays.


Quiet periods are on beautiful weather (Dutch people love to use every ray of sun) and at the beginning of the day around 10 AM. I advise you to come as soon as NEMO is open because you need a lot of time to explore all. (remember, there are 19,500 objects!!) 

You will hear Dutch people often saying word “Lekker” which is a positive word, meaning tasty, great…And this is a presentation of what happens inside of our mouth with our tounges when we kiss

FACILITIES

Dutch people are usually offering many facilities in each museum. One of the highlights here are:

  • elevator
  • baby change
  • FREE LOCKERS
  • trained stuff to suggest you most interesting things and to answer on all of your questions
  • gift shop
In NEMO gift shop you can buy plenty of interesting things. Some are very expensive, but some are surprisingly affordable
Most of the books in NEMO gift shop are science related, brain hacks etc.

HOW TO REACH IT

NEMO is super easy to reach. If you go on foot from the main exit of Central Station, it will take you only 15 minutes. And don’t worry. You will recognize NEMO right away. A huge, blue/green building in a shape of a boat.  

On of many on-screen presentations

HOW TO SAVE THE MONEY ON TICKET

A challenging thing about museums in Amsterdam is crowd. For example, a waiting line to Anne Frank house can last for hours. In order to save your time and some money, I advise you to buy tickets online (usually you have a discount and you can skip the line) or get I Amsterdam City Card. For more information, visit the official website of the NEMO museum.

The view from the lobby by @marko_arch

What is your favourite museum in Amsterdam or if you still haven’t been, which museum you would love to visit?

GET SOCIAL WITH ME 🙂

INSTAGRAM: 
https://www.instagram.com/kookylovestotravel/
YOUTUBE:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhw
xpddM1GcemIBK7c9b9w?view_as=subscriber
FACEBOOK:
 https://www.facebook.com/kookylovestotravel
TWITTER:
 https://twitter.com/Kookyloves2

View this post on Instagram

🇬🇧 WHY AMSTERDAM?⠀ _⠀⠀ ⠀ Did you know that Amsterdam is a home to more than 180 nations, being the most diverse city in the world? ⠀ ⠀ Besides, it's declared as the most cultural city in the world too offering the biggest number of cultural attractions per capita.⠀ ⠀ I was lucky to have a job in the city centre near Central Station in Amsterdam for almost 2 years where I was meeting a minimum of 300 people a day. Yep, I even counted few times.😁⠀ ⠀ Working near Central Station surrounded by coffee shops, Red Light Windows and smart shops meant one thing: being able to meet lot of wild and interesting folks; many sex workers, their boyfriends and loud English people who were majority of Amsterdam tourists.⠀ ⠀ But also, I've met some influential and incredibly rich people, businessmen and on the contrary, a poor guy from Switzerland who won the jackpot two days before, a 11 year old with tattoos and a piercing who was a cocaine addict and many more people especially from the African countries I didn't even know they exist. ⠀ ⠀ I was speaking at least 3 languages each day and I was trying to learn 7 more. Or, at least a greeting from each.⠀ ⠀ Working in hospitality for years, got me realized my brain is expanding and my perspective is multiplying with each new soul I meet.⠀ ⠀ There was no money that can make me rich like a new friendship from other part of this planet.⠀ ⠀ I got hooked up to people.⠀ ⠀ I was an addict of meeting new, different and foreign. I still am and I will always be.⠀ ⠀ "My name is Valentina. Pleasure to meet you."⠀ ⠀ 😊❤⠀ ⠀ ____________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #theviewfromhere #peopleareawesome #people_and_world #people_infinity #ig_respect #loves_people #travelblogging #travelstories #travelgirls #travellog #travelstory #iamatraveller #splendid_people #faces_of_our_world #humanity_shots_ #worldtravelers #snap_people #ok_people #water_perfection #waterreflection #visitamsterdam #amsterdamworld #amsterdamlife #gramthedam #ig_energy_people #ig_muse #featurecollective #great_captures_people #great_captures

A post shared by 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐋 & 𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐓𝐎𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐇𝐘 (@kookylovestotravel) on

Published by

Kookylovestotravel

Travel & Photography Blog: KOOKYLOVESTOTRAVEL.COM Instagram: @kookylovestotravel

28 thoughts on “THE BEST AND UNIQUE MUSEUM OF AMSTERDAM: NEMO

  1. What a fun and quirky museum! I was supposed to visit Amsterdam next month so this is saved for the future!

    Like

  2. What a neat museum! I was in Amsterdam and completely missed this. I’ll have to go back now. 🙂

    Like

  3. What a cool place! I was supposed to go to Amsterdam last month but…as you know 🙂 I hope to finally get there and add this to my list!

    Like

  4. This is such a cool museum. I love science museums. It’s funny that flip phones are basically museum worthy now. I haven’t been to Amsterdam yet but I plan to soon so I’ll be heading here for sure when I do

    Like

  5. Looks like so much fun! I love the photos where it plays with perspective and you look huge or tiny! I’ve been to a few museums like this in different places around the world and it’s always so much fun exploring and taking photos!

    Like

  6. Wow, what a quirky place. I know there are tons of optical illusion museums in Asia, but this one throws together like optical illusions, and science, and sex, and wow! That’s an eclectic mix!

    Like

    1. Thank you dear Amy! Yes, many optical illusion museum in the world, but this one as you said it’s quite impressive because of its eclectic mix. I loved it really and it transformed me again into a little child. Plus, many interesting things for adults too (IQ tests, sex section lol)

      Like

  7. I have never heard of this museum, it looks like an amazing place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    Like

  8. How come I haven’t heard about this before? I would love to go there! I really enjoy visiting all the interactive museums and the last one I’ve been to is in Berlin. Thanks for sharing, I’ll add this to my bucket list for Amsterdam.

    Like

Leave a Reply to Krystianna (@VolumesNVoyages) Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s