Artis is Amsterdam’s city zoo. I It houses many different animals like a jaguar, (African) elephants, pinguins, giant turtles, monkeys, sea lions, giraffes, gorillas, lions and many other animals. There is also an aquarium and a planetarium. Next door lies the amazing Micropia, a museum dedicated to our smallest friends (and enemies!): microbes. But the monumental buildings are also very special, many dating back to the 19th century. The Artis Zoo dates back to 1839 and is the oldest zoo in The Netherlands.
Summer nights at the Zoo
In June, July and August, Artis Zoo organises special ‘Summer nights at the Zoo’ every Saturday when the zoo stays open until sunset. In June that means you can stay until around 11 p.m and enjoy all kinds of extra activities.
You can tour the zoo, even by bike, have some French bread and wine, enjoy a picknick near the lions with olives and bites, while listening to live music. Children will be kept happy with a special program.
19th Century Zoo
The Artis Royal Zoo was founded in 1838 and many of the original buildings are still standing. The Zoo is surprisingly near the centre, which makes it an astonishing oasis of nature in Amsterdam, with all kinds of gardens to walk around in and animals to see. Artis houses over 900 species of animals.
Apart from the park, there is a historical Aquarium, an Amazonian rainforest, a tropical coral reef and an authentic Amsterdam canal with its own aquatic life. There is also a butterfly Pavilion, a planetarium and a insectarium.