Victoria Bug Zoo
Victoria Bug Zoo
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks. Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Knowledgeable tour guides will introduce you to the wonderful world of bugs, give a wealth of information about the animals on display, and provide a safe bug handling experience for the more adventurous. You can choose the level of interaction you have with our friendly animals. Don’t forget your camera to document this unique experience! The displays are ever changing so come in and be amazed by the extensive collection of invertebrates from around the world any time of the year. This stop is sure to thrill everyone; from children, adults, bug-lovers to even the more skeptical visitors! Tours always in progress, so no matter when you come, you are always right on time. Don’t miss this unforgettable, hands-on adventure while in Victoria, BC!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Rebecca S
1 contribution
Aug. 2023 • Family
Absolutely fantastic. Lots of creepy crawlies to look at. The educators are really engaging, passionate and fun. I learnt a lot and had a great time. My husband and 11 year old asked loads of questions and said how much they enjoyed it. We even got to hold a gigantic stock bug called Gertrude!
Written August 21, 2023
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nycchick01
New York City, NY52 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
Well the employee told me it would take 20-40 mins to go through the museum with my 9 year old and that was a total LIE. I’m now sitting here for a third hour while my son walks around living out his Wild Kratts fantasy. the key is that the employee / guides in the back are terrific. They do nonstop loops around the 2 small rooms giving facts about various displays. He’s done maybe 2-3 circuits with them now, and they take out various insects to hold. Walking around without their interpretation/ education would be quite boring indeed.
Written July 1, 2023
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RainyDay1235
Seattle, WA22 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Family
Very disappointing. Sad little spot with very few interesting insects hiding in dirty cases. Save your money!
Written February 25, 2023
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Richi55
Qualicum Beach, Canada4 contributions
Feb. 2023 • Couples
Great little museum. And if you have Holly as an interpreter you are in for a treat, she has the knowledge and the passion
Written February 24, 2023
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Bajan Traveller
Rockley, Barbados32 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Hardly a zoo. 2 small rooms. Very rude and nasty manager who forces masks on little children. Don’t waste your time and especially your money.
Written January 23, 2023
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Caroline C
North Vancouver, Canada11 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Family
The place is really small (2 rooms), but you get to see a variety of spiders and insects. I went with my 12 year old and she felt too old for the place. I thought it was pretty cool. We stayed for about 45 minutes, so it felt a bit overpriced for our experience, but I imagine going with a younger child and definitely getting my money’s worth. Tour guide Emma was very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for the zoo residents was contagious. A great visit for younger (<10) children.
Written October 2, 2022
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gaiamaid
Bozeman, MT18 contributions
Aug. 2022
This was my second visit since 2019, and I was SO glad this place is still operating! The volunteers are so full of joy for the critters, one can learn so very much about the bugs. It's a place that welcomes kids too. It's a little gem, tucked not too far from the main tourist street downtown, Government Street. Do this if you want to experience a very unique stop in Victoria!!
Written August 27, 2022
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Nick Jones
2 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Family
Had a wonderful time with our two kids aged 7 and 4. It’s a small zoo but they do an excellent interactive tour where you can touch and hold many of the bugs. Our kids loved it.
Written August 7, 2022
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dianemac62
Seneca, SC49 contributions
Jul. 2022
A nice variety of bugs and easy to view. The place is small and it was warm but definitely worth going to.
Written July 8, 2022
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Peter S
Wilmington, NC9 contributions
May 2022
A storefront with only two rooms, but full of glass cages holding many different insects. Some are difficult to find -- the stick insects look, well, like sticks. Others the docent will gladly take out of their cage and put on you hand. A unique zoo, and a fun 60 minute visit.
Written June 16, 2022
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