The zoo came into existence in the year 1838 thanks to the efforts of the three W’s namely J.J. Wijsmuller, J.W.H. Werlemann and Gerard Westerman. It was in September in the year 1853 that the entire zoo was opened for the public. The land on which the entire zoo is based was originally a rural zone on the outer parts of Amsterdam.
The best thing about the zoo is that it is also equipped with an arboretum with a pretty good collection of different forms of art. We could see some of the major collections of art in the building which contained the aquarium. We came to know that the entire zoo is made up of 27 monumental structures which are mainly utilized for keeping the animals safe. It is due to these reasons that Artis is a must visit tourist destination in Netherlands. It is also a part of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Dutch Zoo Federation and International Species Information System.