Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam

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    Artis, the Zoo

    by egonwegh Updated Mar 16, 2014
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    Artis, the zoo. I visited with colleagues on 13 June, 2013. We saw both the library and the animals. It was not my first visit to this well-known zoo, I'd been here before, at a time when I was just a toddler. The library is generally not open to the public, but colleagues made an appointment for this visit since we are all librarians.

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    Planetarium

    by mickeyboy07 Written Mar 26, 2012

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    The Planetarium is located within the Artis Royal Zoo grounds.Its quite big and very modern and has several different shows throughout the day usually starting every half hour.The show we saw was on Astronauts and how they learn and train to adapt to life in space,its all very spectacular and informative.Entry is free as it comes under your Zoo entrance ticket.

    Open daily 09.00 till 18.00

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    Artis Royal Zoo

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Mar 23, 2012

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    The first Zoo established in the Netherlands located in the Eastern part of the city centre.Founded in 1838 its one of the oldest Zoo's in the World.Set in an area of 14 hectares,700 species provide a magnificent overview of the Animal Kingdom,Amphibians,reptiles,fish,birds,mammals and insects are all represented.The Royal gardens have plenty of statues and monuments surrounded by exotic plants and century old trees.A newly built tropical house and updated aquarium are some of the highlights to be found here.As well as a museum,gift shop,cafe and an impressive Planetarium.

    Open daily:April-October-09.00 till 18.00,November-March-10.00 till 17.00.
    Prices:Adults-18 Euros,Seniors(65+)-15 Euros,Children-12.50 Euros.

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    ARTIS (Natura Artis Magistra)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 24, 2011

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    The Artis Zoo is a great place to visit with your children.

    Artis is more than just a zoo, it's also an Aquarium, Botanical garden, Zoological Museum, Geological Museum and Planetarium. In fact Artis is the Royal Zoological Society "Natura Artis Magistra" founded on May 1, 1838 at the initiative of G.F.Westerman.

    The garden is the oldest in Amsterdam and some of its unique trees are over 200 years old.

    Opening hours:
    Each day 9AM - 5PM

    Admission: Euro 18.95

    Play around with the Artis webcam

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    Compact Zoo

    by jo104 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I did not visit the zoo as in my opinion it is fairly expensive, the area is fairly small & my dutch friend suggests visiting the zoo in Rotterdam which offers a safari park like experience. The entrance includes an hourly show at the planetarium, also entry to Aquarium, Zoological & Geological Museum

    Opening 9am – 5pm & 6pm in summer
    As at 2009 Adult Euro 18.50 & Child 3-9yrs Euro 15 English guide Euro 2.50
    Trams 8. 10 & 14 from centraal station

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    the zoo

    by Igraine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Interior of the Aquarium

    Naturis Artis Magistra, Amsterdams´zoo dates back from 1838 when some people wanted a zoo accesible for all people and not just a private affair for the rich as was done a few years earlier in London.

    It quickly growed to the size it now has, a surpringly large garden within the city. My two favorite things from this zoo are the polar bears and the Aquarium. The Aquarium is houses in a wonderfull Neo-classical building and is recently been restored. There where a few huge tanks added with eco-systems from around the globe like a mangrove wood and an Amsterdam Canal!

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    Artis (zoo)

    by dila Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands, founded in 1838.

    Opening Times and entrance
    1 april -31 october 9.00 to 18.00
    1 november to 31 march 9.00 to 17.00
    ZOOmeravond
    21 augustus 9.00 - 20.52
    28 augustus 9.00 - 22.00
    24 december 9.00 - 16.00
    31 december 9.00 - 16.00
    1 januari 10.00 - 17.00

    The entrance fee in 2010
    adults is € 18.50
    senior citizins (65+) € 17,-
    children from 3 to 9 years € 15,-
    Zooguide in English € 3,50
    Groups exceeding 20 people 17,-
    An entry ticket for Artis also provides admission to the Planetarium, the Geological Museum, the Aquarium and the Zoological Museum. Dogs are not allowed in the zoo.

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    Time to relax

    by magarisashka Written Jan 24, 2010

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    It is nice Zoo, but not SO impressive. We were there when temperature were too low and many animals were off-shown, but nevertheless - some of them (elephants, monkeys etc.) were in special warm indoors. I am sure thet in summer it much better.

    Oceanarium is fantastic!!! I did enjoy it!

    Easy to get from Central Station.

    Nice shop with souvenirs.

    Entrance is too expensive - 18,5 euro per person.

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    Animals of Amsterdam

    by darkjedi Written Aug 27, 2009

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    While not the most impressive zoo I have ever visited, Artis zoo is large and has a good variety of animals. A large aquarium and a planetarium add to the experience, as does a very impressive Butterfly house.

    Many of the animals cages seemed a little small to me, especially the big cats (they seemed to do nothing put pace back and forth). As with most zoos there has been no attempt whatsoever to plan a route through it so you can see everything so keep the map handy or you will get lost amongst the maze of avenues between the enclosures.

    During the summer the zoo stays open until sunset but be aware that the shop, restaurants and other attractions such as the planetarium/aquarium do not, they will close at six sharp. We combined this trip with the Troppenmuseum only 5 minutes walk away.

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    Artis Zoo

    by MATIM Written May 21, 2009

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    Artis Founded in 1838, it’s Netherlands oldest Zoo, you find an impressive medley of the historic and contemporary. The winding paths, majestic trees, stunning sculptures and historical buildings on 14 hectares of land are home to 700 species of animals: amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds, mammals and insects. The zoo also has an aquarium, botanical gardens, zoological museum, geological museum, a planetarium and a new butterfly pavilion.
    You can fallow a statues route, historical monuments and beautiful formal gardens, including many tulips in bloom in spring time. English guided tours are available on request.
    Additional children’s activities and programs are organized on a regular basis.

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    Artis Zoo with a few Heinekens

    by amrx03 Written May 17, 2008

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    The lines weren't long so why not. It turns out this zoo is pretty damn good. And the in-house cafe sells Heinekens for what I'd call "reasonable." On a beautiful day, cehcking this place out while picking up a few beers at each of the cafes along the path made for a fun time.

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    Always enjoyable!

    by heryanta Written Jul 15, 2007

    There are two things that set Artist apart from the other zoo's I've been around the world:

    1. Unlike most other zoo's it is actually located very close to the city center; so it's more like 1/2 a day trip rather than a whole day
    2. It actually has a decent collection of aquariums and a planetarium within the same complex

    Also, it has partnerships with other zoo's around Europe, so if you have not been in a while and go back there you will see new animals. On a warm and sunny day go there early, as you can sit on the open grass and have a picnic too.

    It costs Eur 17.5 for adults and Eur 14 for children.

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    Artis

    by didgeridorien Written Apr 25, 2007

    This is a small zoo in Amsterdam. I didn't really like it as the animals are in small enclosures (unlike other Dutch zoo's), but apperently they're working on building larger enclosures with less animals. The entrance fee is 17.50 euros.

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    A Nice Way To Spend An Afternoon

    by AnnS Written Jan 31, 2007

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    Artis Zoo is the oldest in the Netherlands, founded in 1838, and still has a traditional feel. There's a wide variety of creatures, who all seem contented, and paths take you around the enclosures, through pretty and well maintained gardens.

    It's a very peaceful environment and a visit is a nice way to spend a few hours away from the city's hustle and bustle.

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    2nd oldest zoo in europe

    by rob-craig Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Take a visit to the Artis zoo and you will not be dissapointed,although I personally thought it was on the expensive side at 16 euros for antone over the age of 10 years and still 12.50 euros for under 10 it cost us over 60Euros for 2 adults & 2 children! the maps they give you could be improved on too as very little is marked out on it however there are plenty of species there some we havent saw in other zoo's and there are a couple of interactive things for the kids such as the insectarium.The animals housing conditions are reasonable but could be improved on .

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