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Perched atop the entrance to the IJ Tunnel is NEMO, the largest museum of science and technology in the Netherlands. The dramatic, green-copper building rises from the waterfront like a ship setting sail; Italian architect Renzo Piano (whose works include Paris' Centre Pompidou) conceived the design as the inverse of the IJ tunnel below.
Inside, Piano's design reflects a 'noble factory', with exposed wiring and pipes. It's really meant for kids, but most grown-ups will enjoy it, too. There are loads of interactive exhibits: drawing with a laser, 'antigravity' trick mirrors and a 'lab' where you can answer such questions as 'How black is black?' and 'How do you make cheese?'. Signage is in English and Dutch.
NEMO's stepped, decklike roof is the city's largest summer terrace, and worth a stair climb for the panoramic views.