Amsterdam Sights

Artis Royal Zoo

the oldest zoo of the Netherlands,
founded in 1838

Natura Artis Magistra (Latin for "Nature is the teacher of art"), commonly known simply as Artis, is a wonderful zoological garden in the centre of Amsterdam. It is the oldest zoo of the Netherlands, founded in 1838, with most of the attractions and wildlife one would expect, and some great surprises.

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Artis's renowned Aquarium – one of the many historical monuments at the Zoo - brings you face to face with the secret life of Amsterdam's canals! Travel through time in the Planetarium. Enjoy the giraffes, zebra, springbok, oryx and wildebeest. Walk through the historical Bird House and study the numerous species of free flying birds. Surround yourself by hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion.

Feeding times

The Artis zookeepers feed the animals at fixed hours, see schedule below.

11:00 am - European vultures
11:00 am - Butterflies
11:30 am - Sea lions
12:30 pm - Reptiles
01:45 pm - Lemurs island
02:00 pm - Butterflies
02:00 pm - Pelicans
02:50 pm - Carnivorans
03:30 pm - Penguins
03:45 pm - Sea lions

Sometimes the keepers share stories and information about the animals, which are called "keeper talks".

Artis Amsterdam

How to get there?

tram9, 10, 14 - stop Plantage Kerklaan
metro51, 53, 54 - stop Waterlooplein
parkingnearest car park Artis' own parking lot

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Natura Artis Magistra

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
Amsterdam (Plantage)

official website

Opening hours

Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Entrance fee*

€21.50 adults
€18 3-9 years
free0-2 years

*An entry ticket for Artis also provides admission to the Planetarium, the Aquarium and the Zoological Museum.

Photo Tour

Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo