Discover Benelux, Issue 37, January 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Amsterdam  |  The Ultimate Winter Destination

Expand your world at NEMO TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK & ELLA PUT  |  PHOTOS: NEMO

Have you ever wondered what kissing might do to you? How lightning arises? Or how clean drinking water is produced? You can find out the answers to these and more at the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, one of the only museums in the world where you are allowed to touch all exhibited objects. It is a striking image: the enormous sea-coloured building that houses the NEMO Science Museum rises high above Amsterdam’s skyline. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant city centre, visitors of all ages and all over the world can immerse themselves in actual laboratories, scientific workshops and quirky experiments to learn more about science and technology. Rather than just providing its visitors with information, NEMO stimulates their curiosity by letting them participate in several workshops or experiments. “We are not a museum that just provides information, we want to stimulate our visitors to ask

themselves questions about science and technology, it can be fun and exciting for everyone,” says Jasper Ongkiehong from NEMO’s marketing and communication department. To make science and technology interesting for everyone, the museum offers a diverse and wide range of permanent and interactive collections on topics varying from water, to puberty, to lightning. At NEMO, you can cycle into the universe, be a professor for a few hours, or lock yourself in a bubble of soap.

At NEMO’s recently opened Innovation Gallery, a range of iconic devices from the museum’s historical technology collection is on display to give visitors a great impression of technological progress and developments throughout the years. Curious to see what the world’s first batteries or mobile phones looked like? You will find this answer (along with many, many others) at NEMO. www.nemosciencemuseum.nl

To unravel the world of technology, head off to the renewed Technium floor. Here you can explore the power of water, find out all about water treatment and flooding prevention in the Netherlands, and see with your own eyes how our water becomes drinkable. An extraordinary and unmissable stop is The Machine, an installation that explores the fascinating world behind web shops and the chain of events that is set in motion when you place an online order. Issue 37  |  January 2017  |  19