Biodome de Montreal

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Biodome de Montreal
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Come and explore the new Biodôme! Along with the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium* and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Biodome is part of the Montreal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top must see attraction. Travel baggage-free at the Biodome! Embark on an immersive, sensory journey through the ecosystems of the Americas. Listen to the sounds of the tropical rainforest, go in search of lynx in the Laurentian maple forest, dive into the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and give a wink and a nod to the penguins in the sub-polar regions. Listen as our nature interpreters let you in on the secrets this fascinating biodiversity holds. An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montreal Biodome recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas which allows plans and animals to live as in their natural habitats.A unique experience of nature and fun ! Reserve your ticket online ! *Reopening 2021
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Neighbourhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Named for the Olympic Stadium complexes built for the 1976 games, the Olympic Park and the surrounding neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa) make up an invigorated area dedicated to "Space for Life." Around the Olympic Village's arenas and stadiums, Rue Sherbrooke welcomes exploration of its sculpture gardens decorated in the works of Jean-Paul Riopelle and its museum culture headed by the historical Château Dufresne. Maisonneuve Park offers interactive experiences at its bio-dome, insectarium, planetarium, and botanical gardens. For a change of scene, the gentrified space along Rue Ontario Est is packed with the city's newest, edgiest cafes, where an imaginative, youthful crowd sips foamy cappuccinos. A visit here is incomplete without stepping into the vast halls of the Maisonneuve Market, with flower stalls, wine depots, and local produce.
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  • Viau • 4 min walk
  • Pie-IX • 9 min walk
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AMD907
Anchorage, AK153 contributions
The architecture and exhibits are amazing. It's a beautiful place.

There were a lot of negatives during my visit. They were out of brochures in English and there are almost no signs. Many times I didn't know what I was looking at (e.g. I can tell these are bats but what species? who knows). It was also extremely crowded when I was there and due to the architecture it was very loud.

I'd love to go here with 1/4 of the number of other visitors and a map. As it was, it was disappointing.
Written August 10, 2022
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,767 contributions
It was a cold and rainy day, so we were looking for an indoor activity. Sadly, there were no brochures in English.. In addition to no brochures, there was very little signage - so we never knew what we were looking for. Most of the animals were hiding. Very few staff available to ask questions.

The morning we were there the placed was mobbed with screaming children - which obviously affected our experience.
Written August 10, 2022
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John
New Jersey2,033 contributions
After visiting the Botanical Gardens we decided to check out the Biodome. We were already completely exhausted from the heat and all the walking, but I'm still glad we went. The hike over to the entrance was longer than we realized, but doable! Great architecture and cool exhibits on several different layers. Various birds and animals inside (I had no idea what was here to be honest). Some areas are very warm (like the tropics) and others (like where the penguins are) are freezing. Definitely a great way to spend a few hours if you are nearby and there are two metro stops in that area as well.
Written August 7, 2022
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paixful
Lethbridge, Canada450 contributions
Reviews talked about spending 90 min here but I thought that seemed short, however, we managed to see everything, take lots of photos, and grab lunch at the yummy vegetarian and vegan cafe in about 90+ min. We then wanted to go to the Insectarium but it was sold out for a few more hours. We should have bought tickets for both, or a passport, and recognized that it really isn't that big of a place to visit, though it was nice and interesting.
Written August 6, 2022
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Raj@2019
Shrewsbury, MA14 contributions
Unique and engaging place good for kids and adults. Self-explanatory, don't forget to pickup up the brochure at the front desk to identify the exhibits and animals.
Written July 29, 2022
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Andrew D
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Was better in the past. What disappointed me is they used to have signs indicating the animals/fish/etc. All gone.. so we were looking as animals saying "What is that? No idea"
$22 for a non local.. about 1-2hr tops. Can be costly
Written July 28, 2022
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Tori M
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Family
*part of my comprehensive review on the three out of the five museums we visited* First, the site is an abomination. I'm a tech savvy person, and I still found the site very difficult to navigate. As a family of three, it was most economical to purchase the Passport for $140. Save for the botanical garden, you are expected to book your time ahead for each space, do so! We were unable to visit the Insectarium as it was completely booked for the day.

I'm not sure how humane these exhibits are, it made me a little sad to see the penguins in such a small space. A very straight-forward experience where you walk through a variety of ecosystems and see a glimpse of the animals that live there. Young Children will enjoy, if you're visiting the other museums that are part of the complex, you may as well check out the biodome. Please respect the animals; seeing many adults hitting glass to get their attention, etc was annoying. We enjoyed the aquatic exhibits and seeing the sturgeon up close.
Written July 24, 2022
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sheila270
Toronto, Canada1,818 contributions
Friends
I bought tickets online for $22 adults. We parked on a side street. Make sure it’s not a permit only street. You can park in the Olympic centre for $12.50. The architecture is amazing. There are 5 ecosystems under one roof of this science museum. It’s the only one in Canada like this. So it’s worth seeing. There is a gift shop, a restaurant called Vega. They have parrots, penguins, otters, bats, crocodiles and other animals. Definitely worth a visit!
Written July 24, 2022
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rowo
Innsbruck, Austria156 contributions
Access from the parking lot to the entrance is somewhat lengthy, which might be uncomfortable for some people, and it's not over then, as you might be in line in front of the doors. The Biodome boasts to be a walk in nature through five ecosystems and teaching about environmental commitment. Instead, due to the spatial constraint of being a dome, it is some fairly narrow, relatively short paths, completely overcrowded despite requiring time slots for the visit. You can see a very small amount of kinds of animals in different vegetation surroundings, acoustically totally blurred out by the enormous stream of kindergarten excursions mixed among the visitors. There are a few explanations in some spots, trying to shed some light on biological backgrounds.

If you ever have been to a decent open air zoo, or even to a great one - I for my part think of the "Tiergarten" in Vienna, Austria - you will have seen a much bigger variety of animal species, also in their proper settings, with at least the same amount of accompanying information as you get in the biodome. A normal visit to a zoo will give you things to see and study for at least a whole day, the biodome will keep you busy for maybe two hours. One thing to say in favor of the biodome, it's all inside, so it might be good for a rainy day, unless you mind being surrounded by floods of little kids and other visitors.
Written July 21, 2022
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,661 contributions
Couples
We stopped by here as it is a good activity to do on a rainy day. We think it would be well suited for families with children and people without mobility issues to explore safely. Do grab a map when you enter so you know what animals you are looking for and do plan to spend some time in each area to see if you can spot all the animals.

We spent about 90 minutes here and thought that was the perfect amount of time to see everything. We spent lots of time watching the beavers and otters in the Laurentian area.

The only animals we couldn't find were the porcupine and sloth but we saw everything else. There was an educational area with exhibits for how they take care of the animals and what they feed them which we found interesting. There is interactivity to this area which is more aimed for the children.

You may consider bringing a light jacket or sweater because the Laurentian and arctic areas are quite cool. There are lots of areas to sit and plenty of bathrooms here.

There are lots of activities to check out in this area and there are options to buy tickets to access more than one spot so ask at the counter if you want to see multiple things. The attractions here close around 6 pm but we thought the nearby park was a nice spot to take a picture of the stadiums and see the Montreal Tower.

The closest metro is Viau and there is some construction in the area so plan to go higher to stay out of the water and mud.
Written July 19, 2022
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