new exhibition about … you!

Humania: about head, heart and body

Have you ever rolled through a hugging machine? French kissed with giant tongues? Or used an aging machine to see what you will look like in 20 years’ time? In the brand-new Humania exhibition at NEMO in Amsterdam, you can discover how your own head, heart and body work through self-tests, games, museum objects and personal stories.

Science comes alive

NEMO Science Museum is the place where science comes alive. Humania explores the countless aspects that combine to make you who you are: from our name to how you celebrate your birthday, from your flexibility to the cells that make up your body. You can discover all kinds of things about yourselves in forty exhibits. Find out for example how strong your willpower is by holding the cooling elements in your hands for as long as you can, test how agile you are or measure your reaction time.

A Handstand

The centrepiece of the exhibition is an 8.5-metre sculpture entitled A Handstand, created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. The figure in a skeleton suit represents the non-measurable aspects of humanity and the ultimate balance shows the potential of the human body. The inspiration for the work was the artist’s 11-year-old son, while its monumental size means that the work transcends the human scale. Above all, A Handstand represents our human capacity to view the world from a different perspective.

Hofman: ‘The sculpture encourages people to think about all the ways in which they can control their own bodies.’

Crowning glory

The opening of Humania is the crowning glory of five years of innovation and redevelopment at NEMO. The museum remained open throughout its transformation. The interior of architect Renzo Piano’s iconic building has been completely redesigned - from the ground floor, with its visitor facilities, all the way up to the top floor with its rooftop exhibition area. Each floor has now a clearly recognizable theme and a greater range of exhibits for all generations. Humania, for example, is best suited for visitors aged twelve and over.