10 can't miss things in a visit to the NEMO Science Museum
A visit to the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam is one of the best things to do in the Netherlands. Here are the fun activities that all visitors will enjoy at the famous science centre. [Contributed by NEMO Science Museum]
Visiting the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam is one of the top things to do in Amsterdam. In the science museum, everyone – from young to old – discovers how fascinating science and technology are. Visitors discover how special everyday things are on each of the centre's five floors full of exhibitions, experiments, demonstrations and workshops. This museum in Amsterdam is perfect for your day out in Amsterdam and one of the best activities to do in the Netherlands.
Here are the top 10 things you absolutely cannot miss during your visit to NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam:
1. The Battle against water
Water is essential to all life on Earth, but sometimes it can also be dangerous. Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level and global warming has brought the threat of flooding. Smart water management allows us to live safely in the Netherlands, for example by allowing certain areas to flood or by raising the dikes. In this interactive game, you can install pumps and raise dikes yourself. Will you be able to stay high and dry?
2. The biggest bubbles
A soap bubble is a thin layer of water trapped between soap and glycerine. The bubble reflects white light, which consists of all the colours of the rainbow. That’s why you can see all these colours in the bubbles. With NEMO’s tried and tested super suds, you can blow giant bubbles, even ones that are big enough to stand in.
3. New exhibition for fall 2016: The Machine
Next-day delivery! What does a promise like that require? Well, a clever logistical process. That means having the right products in the right place at the right time and at the right price. Find out more about the chain of events that is set in motion when you place an order. Operate a robot arm, assemble a product and prepare your order for shipment. Choose the right means of transportation and take into account speed, cost and the environment. Once the package arrives in the Netherlands, you make sure it’s delivered to the customer’s doorstep. Are you a multi-tasker with quick reflexes who is client-oriented? Test your skills in this exciting and interactive exhibition.
In the NEMO chemistry laboratory, visitors can become scientists in their own right – for a little while at least. Lab coat? Check! Safety glasses? Check! It’s time to get to work on your own experiments. You’ll discover the hidden properties of baking powder, vinegar and other household items.
5. View in NEMO
The roof of the NEMO building is the highest city square in the Netherlands. There you can find the open-air exhibition Energetica, a large terrace and a restaurant, all with beautiful views of the city of Amsterdam.
6. Chain reaction demonstration
Rolling office chair, popping balloons and toppling dominoes. Welcome to the world of potential energy and kinetic energy. Chain Reaction is a demonstration of action/reaction and cause/effect. There are several shows each day.
Experience the energy captured from wind, water and the sun, and battle the forces of nature. Energetica consists of sculptures and installations that you can control yourself. From a sundial to a kite that you can control yourself, here you will find out all about the elements while, at the same time, seeing how renewable energy works. This outdoor exhibition can be found on NEMO’s roof, and admission is free.
8. Maker Space
The Maker Space is a special area at NEMO where you can make things together. Let your ideas reign by designing, making, testing and improving your inventions. Use your creativity and work together with other visitors.
9. Lightning Globe
Do you want to see how electricity passes through you without feeling a thing? With Nikola Tesla’s Lightning Globe, you can. The globe is filled with gas and at its centre is an electrode under high-voltage alternating current. The gas lights up, creating beautiful bolts of lightning.
10. NEMO Science Museum
At NEMO Science Museum you can discover how science and technology make everyday things special. Explore five floors full of experiments, demonstrations and workshops. Get to work and discover all kinds of things: how bridges work, how we make tap water potable, what causes lightning and so much more. From the colours of the rainbow to the static crackling sound when you take off your sweater — after visiting NEMO, you will think twice about these seemingly normal occurences and nothing will ever be quite the same again.
Visit the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam at:
1011 VX Amsterdam
020 - 531 32 33
Contributed by NEMO Science Museum
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