Get adjusted to the dark

This winter, you can discover ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo in a new way, in the pitch blackness, after opening hours. While the artworks from the Amsterdam Light Festival illuminate the city, ARTIS is one of the darkest spots in Amsterdam. For humans like us, nothing is more disorienting than the absence of light, as we are accustomed to relying on our eyes. Darkness requires certain adaptations. What can nature teach us about such things?

Special app

Guided by a specially developed app, you'll wander through the park after closing time and pay a visit to Micropia. How do flamingos sleep on one leg, why do mushrooms glow in the dark and how do bats hunt in total darkness? Stand still at the very darkest place in all of ARTIS. What will you hear? What will you smell? Do the Sleepwalk and discover the stories of ARTIS in the dark.

The Sleepwalk takes place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 December till 18 January and every day during the Christmas holiday (with the exception of 31 December).