on October 30, 2006
Nemo is an interactive science museum in Amsterdam that proved to be my kid's favorite attraction in the Netherlands. Hands down. He loved it. And while the cost of the tickets can add up at 11.50 Euro a pop, you'll get plenty of bang for your buck if you spend the time you'll need to see everything. In fact, the adults will get tired long before the children. What type of exhibits are here? Exhibits that you can TOUCH. For instance, there was a room where a woman had supposedly met an untimely end. We were supposed to play the part of a modern "Sherlocke Holmes" and find DNA markers to compare to the suspects. Then we learned how DNA factors into the unique genetic identities of all living creatures. There was a water exhibit that showed how water in Amsterdam is purified. There was a giant interactive robot. And then there was an exhibit you'd probably only see at a children's museum in Amsterdam. Called "Let's Talk About Sex!", this was geared towards teens and pre-teens. You had to be 12 to enter. It proved to be nicely done... a sensitively scientific presentation for what can sometimes be a taboo subject. Most exhibits have both Dutch and English explanations, so you can choose the language you need. However, announcements -and some presentations- are done in Dutch only. While there are several places to grab food on the multiple floors of the museum, we had lunch at the cafe on the roof. The view up there is spectacular! It was a lovely day, and we enjoyed a piece of apple pie for dessert. Tip: Get to the museum as soon as it opens at 10am. We did this and had time to explore the first floor without much waiting before a long line formed in front of the ticket window. By the time we left in the afternoon, Nemo was quite crowded. It's VERY popular.
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