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artis zoo
hash museum NEMO

Artis Zoologisch Museum
artis.jpg (8784 bytes)Plantage Kerklaan 40 (523 34 00).  map
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 .
reviews  [4 reviews, avg 9/10]

Hash Marihuana Hemp Museum
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 (623 59 61).  map
hashmuseum.jpg (6054 bytes)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. 
reviews  [15 reviews, avg 7/10]
Oosterdok 2 (0900 919 11 00).  map
newmet.jpg (4194 bytes)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 .
reviews  [1 review, 8/10]
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