Experience wildlife at ARTIS, which supports an aquarium, planetarium, arboretum, and the country's oldest zoo. The zoo was founded in 1838 and holds 27 historic buildings that are wonderful examples of 19th-century architecture. The park's name is short for "natura artis magistra," (nature is the teacher of art and science). Learn about art and science through exhibits with more than 900 species of animals and 200 species of trees. Watch giraffes, zebras, monkeys, and more, along with marine life, at the on-site aquarium. By using our Amsterdam online trip planner , you can arrange your visit to ARTIS and other attractions in Amsterdam.
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  • This a great zoo and it's a really good size considering it's a city zoo. The lion enclosure looked small for the lion but the other animals all looks healthy and had good size habitats. There are par...  more »
  • I busted the zoo on a cold day last week. It was not crowded. I have seen some animals that I have either missed at other zoos or have never seen before. Also being a historic zoo makes it especially ...  more »
  • I haven’t been to a zoo in many years and thought why not! The zoo is very easy to get to and the tram stops are approx 5mins away. The zoo is so clean and tidy & there are plenty of animals to see. I...  more »
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  • Great feeling to see that the animals are being respected to the level possible. The zoo is constantly Changing in order to offer more space and comfort to them. Of course its all a zoo.. Though for a little escape of reality it's ideal and almost in the centre of the city. Very easy to access. The prices are very high though making it difficult for some people to get the experience. I understand the need for that though.
  • An absolute highlight to my trip to Amsterdam! Boasts an impressive range of animals who all seem healthy and well cared for. The zoo is incredible clean and staffed by a helpful, pleasant team. Easily spent 4 hours here so maybe keep that in mind if your planning your day. Good facilities and a fair priced gift shop Easy to get to via the tram systems or a simple 30 minute walk from the central train station.
  • Wasn't sure what to expect when going here, had read a lot of good reviews and this place certainly did not disappoint! There was not only the zoo but also the microorganism museum, both of which were fab! This is definitely somewhere you could spend a full day. There is so much to see and such a fantastic variety and lots of opportunities to get up close with the animals. The cafe here is also very nice and serves some really tasty food. The staff were faultless, very friendly and welcoming. This was one of my highlights of Amsterdam for sure.
  • A placer full of growing life everywhere, delightful animals and bacteria, colorful whenever you look. Price is decent and everything is well explained both in Dutch and English. I like the most the bacteria museum, extremely interesting to see how those ways of life fight for surviving in that tiny scale ! Staff was very kind as well.
  • If you can get past the guilt of it being a zoo, this one appears to be excellent. The animals seem well cared for (but what would we know really? ), the layout is great and the staff are fantastic. We spent four rainy hours with two three year olds here and there was enough in the butterfly house, insect house, tropical house, aquarium etc etc to keep us dry and interested. If I as in Amsterdam again with the kids I'd go back - good value.
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