Price guide: Expensive

Oosterdok 2, Amsterdam, 1011 VX

Price guide: Expensive

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Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Design and architecture, Education

Best for Families - Expert review of NEMO

This hands-on science centre is the best indoor attraction in Amsterdam for families.

Rising out of the harbour just east of the Centraal Station, copper-clad NEMO looks like the prow of a ship. And it looks fun. Which I can promise you it is, if you've got children in tow. I've taken my boys here, and we spent a whole morning doing things like stepping inside giant bubbles and making frozen shadows. There is also lots that will engage older children, including a Teen Facts section.

Price advice: 

Those aged four or older pay 12.50 euros; under 4s are free, as are those with a Museumkaart or I amsterdam Card. 

Expert tips: 
NEMO’s sloping roof - a stepped terrace with a café and great views - is free to visit: ie you don't need to pay to get in to NEMO to access it. From the end of June to early September, something of a party atmosphere prevails.
Moored outside NEMO is a full-scale, replica 18th-century sailing ship, The Amsterdam. It's also great fun to explore (look out for the (fake) rat), but is not part of NEMO so costs extra - a joint ticket with NEMO is available.

More information on NEMO:

Price guide:
Museum, Science / technology
Oosterdok 2, Amsterdam, 1011 VX
020 531 3233
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
During Dutch school holidays and June-August daily 10am-5pm; rest of year Tue-Sun 10am-5pm.

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