Experience the perfect fusion of nature, culture, and heritage at Amsterdam Zoo – Artis. A captivating destination that delights both the young and old, this renowned institution invites you to embark on an extraordinary journey through the wonders of the animal kingdom. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Artis Zoo and discover the vibrant tapestry of life it offers.
Laid out with alluring statues, ponds, and shaded, winding lanes, one of Europe’s oldest zoos has an alphabet soup of extraordinary wildlife. Artis Zoo Amsterdam animals include; birds, chimps, donkeys, sloth’s, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, lions and so on up to zebras.
Artis Zoo highlights include authentic themed habitats like African savannah and tropical rainforest, and the aquarium complex featuring shark tanks, coral reefs and an amazing Amsterdam canal displayed from a fish’s point of view, added with a planetarium and kids petting zoo.BUY TICKETS NOW
Artis Zoo, nestled in the heart of Amsterdam, is not only a haven for wildlife but also a piece of living history. Founded in 1838, it is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in mainland Europe. The zoo began as a small collection of animals owned by the Royal Zoological Society Natura Artis Magistra, with the vision of connecting city dwellers to the natural world. Over the years, Artis Zoo has expanded and transformed, now spanning 14 hectares and housing over 700 species of animals. The evolution of the zoo reflects the changing attitudes towards animal welfare and conservation, with a shift from simple exhibition to habitat simulation and preservation efforts.
As visitors walk through the historic zoo gates, they are transported through time, with 19th-century architecture serving as a backdrop to the modern, immersive habitats. The zoo’s layout is carefully designed to evoke a sense of adventure and discovery, honoring its past with preserved buildings and monuments, such as the aquarium built in 1882, which is a national heritage site. The fusion of history and modernity makes Artis Zoo not just a place to see animals but a journey through the epochs of zoological development.BUY TICKETS NOW
The animal exhibits at Artis Zoo are a testament to the institution’s commitment to providing naturalistic habitats that encourage natural behavior among the animals. Visitors can marvel at the African savannah, where giraffes and zebras roam freely, or explore the Butterfly Pavilion, which is a riot of color and delicate movement. The zoo also plays a pivotal role in international breeding programs for endangered species, such as the Asian elephant and the black rhinoceros, serving as a sanctuary for those on the brink of extinction.
Conservation at Artis Zoo goes beyond the enclosures. The zoo is actively involved in various global wildlife projects and promotes biodiversity through research and education. It supports conservation projects in the wild, like the protection of coral reefs and the reintroduction of species to their natural habitats. By engaging visitors with informative displays and interactive experiences, the zoo fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for the fragility of wildlife, inspiring a new generation of conservationists.BUY TICKETS NOW
Education is at the core of Artis Zoo’s mission. The zoo offers a diverse range of educational programs designed to enlighten and engage visitors of all ages. For school groups, there are curriculum-linked activities and tours that make learning about biodiversity and ecosystems an interactive experience. Children can participate in the ‘Zookeeper for a Day’ program, gaining hands-on experience and a behind-the-scenes look at the care of animals.
But it’s not just for kids. Adults and families can enjoy guided tours that delve into specific topics like animal behavior or the history of the zoo itself. The zoo also holds lectures and events throughout the year, featuring experts in zoology, conservation, and environmental science. These educational initiatives aim to raise awareness about the natural world and empower visitors with knowledge to take action in their communities for the preservation of wildlife.
Because of Artis’s age many of its buildings are now considered Dutch national monuments. Most of these buildings date back to the 19th century, when Artis was built. They include the aquarium (pictured above), monkey house, storage houses, the rice warehouse and the pheasantry.
There are daily shows in the large dome of Artis’s Planetarium. Explore the solar system, the stars and beyond. Experience what it’s like to be an astronaut. Or let yourself be taken on a space journey during a live show. Employees of the Planetarium show the starry sky of the season and will take you into space. Where is our place in that huge galaxy? And what do you encounter if you travel even further? Travel together with Artis and experience it for yourself.BUY TICKETS NOW
The only microbial museum in the world is located in Artis Zoo. You don’t see them, but they are there. They are on you, and you alone have more than one hundred thousand billion. Microbes, the smallest and most powerful organisms on our planet. We know very little about them, but can learn a lot from them. About our health, alternative energy sources and who knows what else. Micropia was awarded as the most innovative and pioneering museum in Europe by the jury of the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) in 2016.
From March till October: 9:00 am till 6:00 pm
From November till February: 9:00 am till 5:00 am
Every Saturday in June, July and August (summer nights): 9:00 am – sunset
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Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam.
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