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Hortus illuminated

Hortus illuminated

A warm winter exhibition at the botanical garden of Amsterdam. Artist Titia Ex created a special Light Flower especially for Hortus. This artwork consists of thousands of LED lamps that respond to colour and the movement of its surroundings. The Light Flower can be seen daily until January 31st 2010. Every Sunday the Hortus has extended its opening hours until 7.30 pm. Visitors can enjoy a glowing winter garden and delicious winter cuisine in the museum cafe.


The Hortus Botanicus of Amsterdam from 1638 is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. In almost four centuries of eventful history the Hortus has evolved from a medicinal herb garden for the benefit of Amsterdam’s doctors and pharmacists into a pleasure garden, a garden of delight in the centre of the city. There are over 4,000 plant species in the garden, including a collection of medicinal plants from the Hortus Medicus of the 17th century. The greenhouses accommodate plants from six different climates. In 2009 we celebrate the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous work ‘On the origin of Species’. Several exhibitions and tours will be held throughout the year. After a relaxing stroll you can enjoy the garden and its unique atmosphere on the terrace of our restaurant.

Event starts November 7, 2009 and ends January 31, 2010




Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
Plantage Middenlaan 2a
1018 DD Amsterdam


+31 (0)20 6259021