Natura Artis Magistra ou simply Artis is a zoo/wild life park located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The park is in the city centre so easy to get to and (even better) free on the “I am Amsterdam” card.
Artis was founded back in 1838 by Gerard Westerman, J.W.H. Werlemann and J.J. Wijsmuller (also known as the three Ws) making it one of the oldest zoo in Europe (in 2013 celebrated its 175th anniversary) with 27 monumental buildings to enclose some of the animals, a library and several museums.
Natura Artis Magistra is latin for “Nature is the teacher of art and science” and is a very good chosen name because it has several educational areas including a planetarium, a insectarium, a reptile house, an aquarium, a butterfly park and area for wild animals. The park is also a good meeting place where families can have a closer contact with animals, since only one channel separates us from the fauna, or have a picnic or even enjoy one the three existing restaurants.
I visited with 5 of my best friends in September 2014 and specially liked the aquarium with sharks, sea lions and a wide range of reptiles. Butterfly room was also excellent. But i wished they had more species of.
The park has a well programmed web app for Iphone and Android but unfortunately doesn’t have yet free wi-fi. The park is open all year and ticket prices range from 10€ to 19€.
It’s not the biggest zoo in the world but nevertheless I found it quite nice!
By Ana Rita Mendes and Helena Teixeira. Updated: 31/09/2016
Location: Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Free entry with Amsterdam Card. Ticket prices range from 10€ to 19€
Opens all year.Top Rides
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