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.
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.
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
Artis-park, 10 year and up: 22,- euro
Artis-park, 3 – 9 years: 18,50 euro
Free admission for children under the age of 3
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam.
A well laid out zoo with lots of places to eat. The animals as always are the absolute stars!
Outstanding and a must see for all ages. First, very simple to get to from the main central station of Amsterdam. The tram will drop you off front entrance. Great little ice cream shop across the way too. As you make your way into the zoo, we ordered our tickets prior so it was very easy entrance. Friendly workers assisted us with any questions, and be sure to get a walking map to also guide your day. No dought, this is a full day activity. Zoo, aquarium and planetarium all on grounds. Plenty of restaurants, and side cart snack carts for small drink stops. Rest rooms very clean to fresh or make a quick stop. They have playground area for kids, a giant sandbox area, small bench seating areas under fabulous shaded trees and just gorgeous flowers and well kept grounds to take amazing photo moments. The animals are well kept. In fact 2 areas have guides ready to walk with you and explain all the animals in that site with guide books to tour during that portion of the exhibit. The zoo as of this year marks 181 years of age. The staff is very proud of the zoo and no doubt they are building to make more exhibits better and definitely respect the animals habitat that require their survival. The butterfly exhibit was fascinating and the giraffe family were not shy to come in for a photo moment. The elephants gave great mud showers and be prepared if the little guys decide to blow mud up in the air. The penguin exhibit has a daily guide who will tell stories about them so be sure to check times for when that is available. The seal exhibit have animals that truly like to give a show of wanting you to photograph them. Wear proper walking shoes because this place is huge. We enjoyed our day and definitely would return again.
I had read reviews that this place was amazing and a must see but as we were only in Amsterdam for 3 days we said we would see how much time we had as to whether we could squeeze in a zoo trip. We were a group of friends that were coming to celebrate a 21st birthday so there were other things we wanted to do first. We decided to visit here on a our last day before leaving for the airport and we were so glad we did. It was amazing and we all enjoyed our day! The animals were all engaging and energetic which to me showed that they were clearly happy and well looked after. Great enclosures for all the animals. The grounds of the zoo were clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend visiting here if you can, it's a fantastic zoo and reasonable admission price.