De Ontdekfabriek

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In the middle of the Netherlands’ design and technology hotspot you can discover, experiment and build inventions together with your children. ‘De Ontdekfabriek’ (The Discovery Factory) –   open on Wednesday afternoons, during holiday periods, in the weekends and by appointment outside the regular opening hours – is an experience centre at Strijp-S: the former ‘Forbidden City’ of Philips, where the electronics giant invented and produced new products in secret. Children from six to fourteen and their families can enjoy themselves to the full, if you can believe this previous visitor: “The greatest surprise during my trip to the Netherlands […] My children didn’t want to leave.” 

From watching films to building robots
There are so many different things to do at De Ontdekfabriek. The hands-on approa…

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In the middle of the Netherlands’ design and technology hotspot you can discover, experiment and build inventions together with your children. ‘De Ontdekfabriek’ (The Discovery Factory) –   open on Wednesday afternoons, during holiday periods, in the weekends and by appointment outside the regular opening hours – is an experience centre at Strijp-S: the former ‘Forbidden City’ of Philips, where the electronics giant invented and produced new products in secret. Children from six to fourteen and their families can enjoy themselves to the full, if you can believe this previous visitor: “The greatest surprise during my trip to the Netherlands […] My children didn’t want to leave.” 

From watching films to building robots
There are so many different things to do at De Ontdekfabriek. The hands-on approach in this ‘interactive museum’ is contagious. During the inventors’ workshops children are challenged to choose an adventure in which they will build inventions themselves. They are shown an inspiring film to get them started. It is also possible to make your own films and to learn all about technology in the workshop. There is both an inside and an outside playground where you can play with unusual playground equipment, each telling their own (technological) story. There is also a lovely bar, where you can relax and go over the day’s experiences while enjoying something delicious. A foreign visitor made this comment about the bar: “This would not be possible in my country!

Strijp-S and surroundings
The unique concept of De Ontdekfabriek, where through storytelling children learn how design and technology will potentially be even more important in the future than it is now, fits perfectly in the creative world of Strijp-S. The old factories are now filled with small-scale initiatives, innovative concepts and challenging combinations in the fields of culture, shopping, fashion, (eco) design, re-used, vintage, interior and (urban) art. This creative heart of Brabant’s largest city is a great destination for both young and old.

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Opening times

  • every Mondayclosed
  • every Tuesdayclosed
  • every Wednesdayfrom 13:00 to 18:00
  • every Thursdayclosed
  • every Fridayclosed
  • every Saturdayfrom 13:00 to 18:00
  • every Sundayfrom 11:00 to 17:00
  • Always open for groups (only on reservation)

Prices

  • €7.50
  • Payment options: Cash, PIN

Attributes

Facilities (Conference centres)

  • Conference roomYes
  • RostrumYes
  • Flip-overYes
  • Daylight available in roomYes
  • Number of inhouse restaurants: 1
  • AuditoryYes
  • Meetings onlyYes

Accommodation

  • Type of building: Historic building
  • Character/furnishing of accommodation: Design
  • Appearance Business: Relaxing

Target group

  • ChildrenYes
  • FamiliesYes
  • Young peopleYes
  • PupilsYes
  • StudentsYes
  • AdultsYes
  • GroupsYes
  • BusinessYes