NEMO - Science Center


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The grand, ship-like, green building dominating the IJ Tunnel is known as NEMO. It happens to be the largest science center in the Netherlands and is definitely worth a visit for every inquisitive mind, no matter how young or old.

History of NEMO

The roots of this science center can be traced back to the year 1923 with the founding of the Labour Museum. Its name was later changed to NINT in 1954, and then to newMetropolis in 1997. In the year 2000, the building was christened with its current name 'Science Center NEMO'.

Inaugurated by Queen Beatrix in 1997, NEMO was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. With five floors dedicated to science and technology.

Things to See and Do at NEMO

Everything at NEMO is dedicated to acquaint you with the ins and outs of how the world works. The Latin meaning of the name NEMO is 'no one', and that is exactly what this science center is, it is no man's land between fantasy and reality. All five floors at the center feature exciting things to see, discover and do, and are aimed at educating people in a fun and engaging manner. With no official guided tours of the building, NEMO offers you the chance to explore the world of science and technology on your own.

The exhibitions, films, demonstrations, theatre performances and workshops showcased at NEMO aim to answer all kinds of questions you may have, such as what you will look like in the next 30 years, what happens when you kiss, what are the chances of alien life forms contacting us and much more. You can even turn into a mad scientist for a day and experiment at NEMO's Wonder Lab.

Conclude your trip with an intriguing souvenir or memorable gift from the NEMO shop, or you can even savor some delicious wraps and sandwiches at the Café DECKS, while overlooking the city and harbor. NEMO has several arrangements for its disabled guests including wheelchair-friendly lifts, special restrooms as well as a trained and helpful staff.

Entrance Fee at NEMO

Everyone above the age of four has to pay an entrance fee of € 15.00; however, if you too have been named NEMO you can visit the science center for free after showing appropriate ID proof..

Opening Times

Monday: Closed (Except for official school holidays)

Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Closed on  King's Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


Oosterdok 2, Eastern-Dock, 1011 VX

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