There are three reasons to visit Amsterdam’s Science Centre NEMO. The first is to admire the architecture. A green-copper structure, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in the shape of a ship rising from the waters. The second is for the science museum itself (more on that in a moment), and the third is to enjoy the museum’s terrace, which happens to be the city’s largest summer terrace (300 square metres), sporting fantastic views of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam’s Science Museum was founded in 1923 and has been its current location since 1997. It is an awesome place to visit as a kid. Actually, to be honest, it is awesome to visit no matter what your age is.
The museum has a philosophy that you should “discover the world for yourself,” so five floors (5,000 square metres) are filled with interactive exhibits – think: how bridges work and how lightning occurs. There are also workshops, films, and demonstrations. More than 500,000 people visit the museum each year. An extra impressive statistic: the museum’s Heritage Collection has over 17,000 artefacts.