This winter, you can discover ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo in a totally 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 could nature teach us about such things?
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? You will 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 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 December through 18 January and every day during the Christmas holiday (with the exception of 31 December) between 5 and 8 pm. The ticket office and entrance will close at 7.30 pm.