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Natura Artis Magistra (Artis Zoo), Amsterdam

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Contact: +31 900 278 4796
Open Hours: Apr 1–Oct 31: 9a–6p; Nov 1–Mar 31: 9a–5p
Founded in 1838, Natura Artis Magistra or Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands. This bewitching menagerie houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a geological museum and a zoological museum in its premises. There is also a huge library on the history of zoology and botany. Surrounded by luscious greenery of which many are exotic plants, stroll on winding paths and spot the many wild animals that have made this place home. Visit the historic Wolf House and Masman Garden House to learn about 19th-century architecture. So if you want to get closer to nature without leaving the city, then come explore the enthralling Artis.