Plantage Kerklaan 40 (523 34 00).
The oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838. Great for kids of course, with a wide variety of animals, and different terraces with adjacent playgrounds. Besides the zoo there's a planetarium, a children's farm and an aquarium.
Open daily 9am-6pm (winter 9am-5pm). Admission €18.50 .
[4 reviews, avg 9/10]
Marihuana Hemp Museum
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 (623 59 61).
Of course Amsterdam has a museum dedicated to the use of cannabis, be it for pleasure, as a medicine or for making textiles and paper from the hemp plant. It illustrates the role of cannabis in history, there's a garden with hemp plants, the process of making hash and marihuana is explained, and attention is paid to the various rolling and smoking methods. There's a 'head shop' next door which sells various smoking and growing paraphernalia.
Open daily 11am-10pm. Admission €6.
[15 reviews, avg 7/10]
Oosterdok 2 (0900 919 11 00).
This science and technology center is housed in a striking verdigris building facing the historic port of Amsterdam, and appropriately the building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano bears resemblance to a 17th century ship. NEMO focuses on the relationship between science, technology and art. Though that might sound a bit stuffy it is all very hands-on with interactive exhibits, demonstrations and performances, so NEMO is very popular with kids. The roof terrace of NEMO is accessible to visitors and non-visitors alike, and has a breathtaking view of Amsterdam city.
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; Jul-Aug daily 10am-5pm. Admission €13.50 .
[1 review, 8/10]
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