Amsterdam Zoo and Nature Museums
Amsterdam is the city, where people live along water with 130 thousands big trees adorning streets and canal banks. The city where wild birds as swans, herons and sea gulls may by seen around everyday, just along the street rush. Nature is omnipresent in Amsterdam. Its zoological garden called Artis Royal Zoo, is small and old fashioned, but because of its size it is also pleasant to visit. Amsterdam has also a beautiful old botanical garden called in Latin Hortus Botanicus. Always quiet, it will give a moment of respite, especially during the summer. Three small museums complete the theme: Cat Cabinet is more of an art collection, but with only one feline subject, Museum Vrolik is a 19th C. collection of abnormal human embryos and whilst medically important, it may not be recommended to a wider public and finally Tulip Museum is a tiny historical exhibit, combined with an attractive shop of flower bulbs.
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam
Right in the center of Amsterdam, you can also find the oldest Zoo of Holland. It consists of four main areas: Zoo, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens and Zoological museum. In the zoo itself you will find animals from all over the world. In addition, a unique canal aquarium shows you which animals roam the canals of Amsterdam. The planetarium offers children a trip trough the universe. In the peaceful gardens, you can find many old trees and statues of contemporary artists and aswell as an impressive, tropical rainforest greenhouse.
Plantage Middenlaan 2a, 1018 DD Amsterdam
This oasis in the centre of the city has always been called the jewel in the crown of Amsterdam. It was established in 1638 as an herb garden for Amsterdam doctors and chemists and has since developed into a living museum with plants from all continents.
Damrak 66, 1012 LM Amsterdam
More than 200 real human bodies are a part of this Amsterdam Body Worlds interactive exhibition. This one is focused on how happiness affects our health and is an amazing story that physically shows the link between our emotional and physical states.
Keukenhof Flower Garden, 2161 AM Amsterdam
The Keukenhof Flower Garden is a magnificent springtime exhibition of Dutch bulbs, flowers and plants. With 32 hectares and 15 kilometres of footpaths, this beautiful spring park offers flower shows, themed gardens, artworks, restaurants, boat trips and fun activities for children.
Meibergdreef 15, 1105 AZ Amsterdam
A collection of abnormal embryos, skulls and bones, as well as other unusual anatomical human and zoological specimens. The museum has been made named after the collection founders - Gerardus Vrolik (1755-1859) and his son Willem Vrolik (1801-1863), both anatomy professors and scientific authorities in their times. The museum is now located in the modern Academic Medical Center hospital, out of the city center, in the South East, Amsterdam's new business and commerce area.
Prinsengracht 116, 1015 EA Amsterdam
A friendly, small museum about the tulip - flower which is a symbol of the Netherlands, Amsterdam Tulip Museum is located just across the bridge from the Anne Frank House. You may see there interesting multimedia presentations about the history of tulip, its cultivation and the 17th century speculation with tulip bulbs – so called tulip mania. In the musum shop you may buy bulbs of rare tulips and many other decorative flowers.
Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam
A small private art museum, established by its founder William Meijer to memorize his cat. It may seem a joke, but the exhibited art works, all with obligatory cats as their subject, were chosen with a great care and are clearly out of the ordinary. Located in an old patrician canal house with a fully restored, richly decorated interior.
Vondelstraat 140, 1054 GT Amsterdam
In the very center of Amsterdam, just a short walk from the Leidseplein and in the direct neighborhood of the Vondelpark, a 130 years old horse riding school opens its doors to visitors. Living Horse Museum lets you admire its truly unique historical building, take a horse riding lesson or just watch from a balcony while others ride.