Founded in 1838, the Artis Royal Zoo is still as enchanting as it was nearly two centuries ago. Not only is the zoological garden an oasis of peace right at the heart of a fast-paced city, but it is also a haven for some 700 animal species and 200 tree varieties, many on the verge of extinction. Artis is also one of the fewest zoos in Europe to have so many listed buildings within its grounds, namely the Large Museum (1855), the unique Library building (1867) and the Aquarium (1882).
Zoo & Aquarium
In the aquarium zone, take a sneaky peek into the contents of Amsterdam’s murky canals, or if you’re really brave, take a cheeky snap of the crocodiles on your camera!
Learn about the diversity of plants, trees and shrubs that form the plant kingdom in the Botanical Gardens. Exotic species can be found in acclimatized greenhouses.
In the Planetarium, trace the fascinating evolution of planet from the birth of the universe to the present day, or sit back and take a trip to faraway star systems.
The museum houses some of the most interesting scientific collections of the early 19th century, as well as a number of exhibitions.
Free guided tour
If you visit Artis on a Saturday or Sunday, you can take advantage of a special guided tour, free of charge, which starts at 11.00 o’clock at the Monkey Rock.
1 April to 31 October : 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1 November to 31 March : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the summer (June, July and August) on Saturday evenings open till sunset, with a special program with events for children, music, guided tours and more.
Children (3 to 9 years) €15,50
Adults (10 to 64 years) € 18,95
Senior (65 +) € 17,50
Maps available at € 2.
Artis Royal Zoo
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
1018 CZ Amsterdam
Artis P.O. Box 20164, 1000 HD Amsterdam
Tel: 0900-2784796 (15 ct/minute)
Tram: 6, 9, 14 or ‘Artis Expres’ (shuttle boat with Lovers)