Amsterdam Technology Museums
Amsterdam has a number of technology museums adressed to the young public. Most impressive among them is NEMO, a scientific center whose ship-like building dominates in Amsterdam old harbor, visible from the Central Station. Children may play here with science, experiment, explore. Other technology museums are much smaller. These are mainly private collections presented to the public, usually as intitative of small groups of fanatics. Museum Kromhout is an old shipyard and a ship engine producer; Electric Tram Line Museum is a 100 years old tram ride along Amsterdam's biggest park; Computer Museum is a collection of old equipment young people can not remember, hidden in one room of the University of Amsterdam, far away in the suburbia. All these museums, at first glance very modest, may be a real fun to explore with kids. Finally, ARCAM and Museum Het Schip are institutions specialized in architecture – a feast for people interested in the discipline.
Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam
Right next the Central Station is the largest futuristic science center in the Netherlands, housed in a ship like building designed by Renzo Piano. Here you can be amazed by the world of science and technology. Contrary to other museums, here you must touch the collection and experiment with it.
Amstelveenseweg 264, 1075 XV Amsterdam
One of the few museums on wheels in the world: visiting you make a ride because Electric Tram Line Museum operates historical trams on a separate tramway leading from Haarlemmermeerstation in South Amsterdam, through Amsterdamse Bos to Amstelveen. Some of the trains in the Museum's collection are from 1910, some younger, but they all are funny, slow and noisy. Great pleasure for kids. The line starts operating in spring after Eastern through summer until the end of October. Only on Sundays.
Spaarndammerplantsoen 140, 1013 XT Amsterdam
This is an excellent example of the Amsterdam School of Architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. “The ship” as the block is called, was designed by M. de Klerk, and it’s interior has now been carefully restored.
Prins Hendrikkade 600, 1011 VX Amsterdam
The ARCAM foundation aims to show the public all aspects of Amsterdam’s architecture – future, present and historical. It is housed in a unique building designed by René van Zuuk. You can find there different exhibitions throughout the year, and once a month a distinguished architect is invited to talk about his or her work.
Science Park 105, 1098 XG Amsterdam
Just one exhibit room in the Since Park of the University of Amsterdam, where Mr. Edo H. Dooijers assembled several old and interesting computers from the beginning of the era and where upon appointment, he gives free guided tours for the visitors, also in English.
Hoogte Kadijk 147, 1018 BJ Amsterdam
Named after the owners of the famous Dutch shipyard and the producers of ship engines Museum Shipyard “’t Kromhout” is beautifully located at the waterfront, side be side with a working small shipyard. Consisting mainly of the collection of small ship engines produced by Kromhout, most of them hundred years old, nevertheless often maintained in a working condition, this museum will appeal to all people fascinated by shipbuilding, ship engines and industrial heritage in general.