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Natura Artis Magistra, Amsterdam

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.1/5 based on 4,000+ reviews on the web
Experience wildlife at Natura Artis Magistra, 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. Add Natura Artis Magistra and other attractions to your Amsterdam trip itinerary using our Amsterdam travel itinerary planner.
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  • A great visit for families, or groups of friends. The whole zoo has a feeling of relaxation, there are very few cages, and the lemur enclosure is even open to go into! It's also nearby to some fantast...  read more »
  • Visited several times now and always enjoy a certain ambience about this zoo - not entirely sure what it is exactly. Some enclosures are certainly inadequate now, by modern Western zoo standards - wis...  read more »
  • Fine zoo. Lots of animals. Planetarium on the territory of the zoo. Good place to visit if you travel with children. Better of course on a sunny day:) 
  • Lovely zoo in the middle of Amsterdam. It looks a bit small on the map, but due to buildings and smart area solutions, you can easily spend 3-4 hours her. They have most big "famous" animals, and housed in there own sections are an aquarium, spiders and insects, birds, butterflies and small mammals. I especially liked the small mammals and the butterflies zones, but the other parts where good too. Some cages are a bit small for my taste. They also take payment for a map of the zoo, but you can download it from their page beforehand. Nice for both grown ups and kids!
  • This is a Victorian age city zoo. A lot of the facilities were built in an age when animal welfare was not the main priority. However, they are slowly upgrading the zoo to give the animals larger and more natural enclosures, are not striving to get the most exotic animals and therefore have less animals than most other zoo's. With this in mind you should see the zoo as an eco-park in the city that has some interesting (smaller)animals, lots of birds, nice aquarium great butterfly pavilion. A cute zoo that is worth hanging out in. Bring some sandwiches and a picknick blanket and sit between the flowerbeds. Or relax in the somewhat hidden zen garden next to the aquarium. Don't forget the petting zoo or the egg-hatching area.
  • In the east of Amsterdam close to the city center is this very nice ZOO.I sure advise the tourist's, but the locales too, to visit Artis. Winter, summer, fall or spring, there is always something interesting, funny, dangerous, etc to see. Sit down and take some time to think about how many personalities in the Universe, you will be overwhelmed! One day is hardly enough to see the other living creatures of planet Earth, and don't forget to look at the sky in the stellarium. I wish you a very nice stay in Amsterdam. MR
  • Some animal habitats seem a bit too small (e.g, that of the elephants and the meerkats), but, apart from that, it is a great place to be. The animals seem well cared for, and the entire zoo is right out gorgeous. A must-see is definitely the butterfly garden. Side-note: students at the University of Amsterdam get a massive discount on entrances fees
  • Amazing infrastructure, well looked-after animals, great and helpful staff... No bad smells... Simply astounding! Really, really great place to spend half the day...
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