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What to do

Guided tour of ARTIS

Join a tour guide on a walk through the park and listen to all the remarkable stories about ARTIS. Every monument and work of art has a fascinating history. And no two tours of ARTIS are ever alike. There are always new plants in flower, newly born animals and new species to admire. Our tour guides will tell you about the preferences of each animal and what the zookeepers do to encourage natural behaviours. 

When every Saturday and Sunday at 2.00 pm
  except during holiday periods and special events
  approximately 60 minutes
Where the tour begins in front of the elephant stable
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The zookeeper presents

Come and listen to the zookeeper’s wonderful stories. Talks are given at various times next to animal enclosures and are sometimes combined with feeding or training sessions. All talks are in Dutch, but questions can be asked in English. 

The schedule for the zookeeper presents varies every day. Collect a ‘daily news’ at the entrance and see which tour you could join. 



Further than you have ever gone before

Space Trip (EN) is an adventure through space. Travelling faster than the speed of light, we come across planets, moons, stars and entire galaxies. We visit a number of planets in our own solar system before continuing our journey beyond the Milky Way. What is our place in this enormous galaxy? What will you encounter if you go even further? Come along with us and see for yourself.

Space Trip (EN) will be shown in the ARTIS-Planetarium from March 30, at every weekendday and holiday at 1 p.m. and every weekday at 3 p.m. 


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Lecture series on Cognitive strategies in the animal kingdom

7, 10, 11, 12, 13 September

By Dr Karline R.L. Janmaat, Ms Tjitske Sijbrandij, Dr Michiel van Wijk and Prof. Michel Hofman (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience)

How does learning change a snail's brain? Do flies need their head to learn? Can a bumblebee learn from its own sort? Are elephants aware of who is walking behind or in front of them?

This lecture series by the University of Amsterdam explores the brains of animals in comparison with our own species, including the different strategies for problem-solving. During five afternoon lectures, the researchers will present the latest findings from the field of animal psychology, with special attention to the brain structure, cognitive abilities as well as learning capacities of humans and other animals from a broad variety of taxonomic ranks. Attend the lectures together with students of psychobiology at the UvA.

Participation in the entire series costs € 60 (€ 48 for ARTIS members). Buy your ticket online .