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Montreal Insectarium

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Address: 4581 rue Sherbrooke Est | Included With Teh Botanical Garden, Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2, Canada
Phone Number: +1 514-872-1400
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Along with the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan...

Along with the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Insectarium is part of the Montréal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction. Packages available. When you visit the Insectarium, you'll plunge into an unknown and fascinating universe.Whatever your age, you'll be astounded by the incomparable adaptations and surprising behaviour of insects, the champions of nature. The Montreal Insectarium, which is considered one of the largest insect museums in North America and a favourite of children If you have some extra time your young children won't want to miss our play and discovery area, the BuzzGround. Welcome to the Montreal Insectarium! The entrance fee gives also acces to the Botanical Garden.

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Beetles of many colors.

I never knew there were so many different kinds of beetles in neon colors. The butterflies are beautiful too. If you have kids that love bugs, they would enjoy this exhibit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Roxy Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't think I would enjoy it - was I wrong what an amazing place - so interesting - they have such interesting and interesting things to see and have a child interactive set up

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Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an adventure you can have at the Montreal Insectarium. Beautifully displayed creatures with informative info to support the displays. Amazing live insects that are all bred at the museum. It was one of the highlights of my visit to Montreal.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never knew there were so many different kinds of beetles in neon colors. The butterflies are beautiful too. If you have kids that love bugs, they would enjoy this exhibit.

Thank Roxy Z
Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I recognize that November may not be ideal for bugs and insects in the wild. However, after paying $15 per person to tour the Insectarium, I am quite disappointed. Upon descending the stairs there are three midsize rooms. The majority of the displays are dead insects mounted behind glass. Sadly, the glare from the lights made it difficult to properly... More 

1 Thank Lee W
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Every year the Insectarium serves up fried or cooked insects including such specialities as scorpion and other exotic, many-legged creatures. Besides the wonderful and very well-displayed specimens of almost every insect species, the museum is very person/child friendly and is particularly so on these special occasions. Bring your appetite or your Gravol!

1 Thank Henry B
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The insectarium was included with a purchase for something else so we just went to see what they had in there for the last twenty minutes before closing. My kids loved the little ant set up they had. Pretry cool. A lot of butterflies!!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I would allow about an hour for this. Also, be prepared for lots of loud kids running around. The sound in this place seems to amplify the sound of wacky kids running around screaming. Not a big deal, but if you dislike that particular noise, you might want to come when no kids are around. 95% of it is collections.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Another review said it perfectly--the insectarium was very underwhelming. Lots of stationery exhibits that seemed to repeat themselves over and over again and not of interactive/live exhibits. This in conjunction with the botanical gardens (in the winter) was not worth it as most of the botanical gardens were outside (and dead).

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We only came here because admission was included with our tickets to the Botanical Garden. I'm not into insects, but it was pretty underwhelming and not very interactive. Most of the displays were preserved insects on the wall, though there are a few live exhibits. We may have spent 30 minutes at most here. To me, it's not worth the... More 

Thank Melissa M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Kind-of underwhelming for the price. I saw a pop-up entomology exhibit here in my home town that was free and much more informative and diverse. All and all, my wife and I were both a little disappointed with the experience at the botanical gardens.

Thank Danny S

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