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Artis Zoo

Artis offers many possibilities for an enjoyable and exciting day out. You can take a look at animals from all parts of the world. Or you can visit the Geological Museum, the Zoological Museum, the Plant Houses, the Aquarium or the Planetarium. These parts together form the inspiring 'Museum van het Leven' (Museum of Life); Artis.

Artis is first and foremost a zoo with magnificent animals. For example, you will find desert antilopes, llamas and giraffes. You can also see the zookeepers feeding the animals at fixed times. The crocodiles are fed every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. If you walk further through the zoo you can visit the revamped Aquarium. Here you see a real coral reef and a tidal forest as well as a real Amsterdam Canal!

Do you want to learn something during a day out? You can if you visit the Zoological Museum or the Geological Museum. In the Geological Museum the history of life on earth is told by means of various activities. In the Zoological Museum there are special exhibitions under the theme 'de mens in de natuur, de natuur in de mens' (humans in nature and nature in humans). At present in the Vrolik collection you can see a young man's heart and even a dog with a harelip!

In the dome of Artis, the Planetarium, you can see fascinating educational presentations. At the moment the dome is being renovated. The Planetarium will open its doors again in April with a superb new show. Come and see the 'Star Party' with Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. This is a fun program for children packed full with information about the stars and the planets.
In 1999 Artis enlarged her terrain. A magnificent African savannah has been built. Here can see gnus, zebras, South-African mongooses, gazelles and all manner of birds.

Apart from these attractions there are loads of other things you can do at Artis. For example, every Sunday you can go on the special guided tour of the park. During this, the guide will tell you funny anecdotes and special facts about the thousands of animals who live here.

Groups can book a guided tour. You can then take a look behind the scenes

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