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.
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.
The Artis zookeepers feed the animals at fixed hours, see schedule below.
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".
Natura Artis MagistraPlantage Kerklaan 38-40
*An entry ticket for Artis also provides admission to the Planetarium, the Aquarium and the Zoological Museum.