Normaal Amsterdams Peil Visitor Centre - Museum
The Normaal Amsterdams Peil (Amsterdam Ordnance Datum) (NAP) Visitor Centre is an important historical and educational point that provides insight into the complex relationship between Amsterdam and water. This unique reference point serves as a standard for elevation measurements in virtually all of Europe.
What can you expect?
- The One and Only NAP: A bronze button in the passage indicates the exact elevation of the NAP. This point has become essential for elevation measurements in almost all European countries.
- Interactive Displays: In addition to this benchmark, three glass columns rise from the floor. Two of them display the current tide level at Vlissingen and IJmuiden. The third column, standing nearly five meters above NAP, commemorates the water level during the Zeeland flood disaster in 1953.
- Insight into Water Management: Learn about the origins of the NAP, established in 1684 by measuring tidal heights of the IJ, and discover how the NAP formed the basis for the European Vertical Reference System (EVRS).
- Artwork and Education: A large artwork on the wall depicts a cross-section of the Netherlands, clearly showing which parts of the country are above or below the zero point.
A Must-See for History and Technology Enthusiasts
Normaal Amsterdams Peil is a fascinating destination for anyone interested in the history of Amsterdam, water management, and technical innovations.
- Accessibility: Located in the passage between the City Hall and the National Opera & Ballet, the NAP is easily reachable by foot, bike, or public transportation.
- Accessibility: Admission to the NAP is free, making it an accessible and informative stop for everyone.
A visit to Normaal Amsterdams Peil offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the technical and historical aspects of Amsterdam's battle against water. This educational point is a fascinating discovery for both locals and tourists.
Discover the intersection of history and technology at the NAP in Amsterdam!
Furthermore Normaal Amsterdams Peil Visitor Centre is near the following sights: Xtracold Icebar (±125 m), Our House Amsterdam (±175 m), H’ART Museum (±225 m), Rembrandt House (±225 m) & Jewish Museum (±225 m).
For informationAmstel 1, Amsterdam