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Montreal Insectarium

4581 rue Sherbrooke Est | at the Botanical Garden, Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2, Canada (Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie)
+1 514-872-1400
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As featured in Montreal with young kids
Ranked #46 of 238 attractions in Montreal
Type: Museums, Specialty Museums, Science Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: When you visit the Insectarium, you'll plunge into an unknown and fascinating universe.Whatever your age, you'll be astounded by the incomparable... more » Owner description: 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, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010. A favourite of children, the museum is home to some 250,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects, an anthill and many other exciting vivariums. Meet entomologist/facilitators who are passionate about their work and discover the fantastic diversity of these champions of nature. Do you have some extra time on a pretty day? Your young children won't want to miss our play and discovery area, the BuzzGround.Welcome to the Montreal Insectarium! « less
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Atlanta
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121 reviews 121 reviews
21 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

If you have limited time and it's a beautiful day, you may want to spend more time int he gardens, but it was raining, so we spent a couple of hours here. It seems small, but you just have to spend your time looking at all of the interesting exhibits.

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Camden, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Fascinating. Worth a couple of hours of your time in Montreal. Catch the bonsai garden while you're in the area.

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Borneo, Malaysia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Went to botanical gardens and this was bundled into the ticket price. Was not too particular about it but was pleasantly surprised by the display, interactive exhibits and great guides around. Special mention goes to Jean-benoit who was a most pleasant and informative guide. The display had something for the young and old, ant exhibit a must see. Truly well... More

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Ronneby, Sweden
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133 reviews 133 reviews
106 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This was way better then I expected. The whole place can feel a bit childish from the beginning with insect drawings on the walls where information is in text bubbles. The information is short, funny, interesting, easy and good. You actually have time to stop and read everything at every monter which is great. They have both dead and living... More

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Tampa, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was part of the 3 x package we got ; Bio Dome, Gardens, and Planetarium. Gardens included this. We spent 2 hours looking at all the fabulous bug exhibits. NICELY done!

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24 reviews 24 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

If you are in the botanical gardens it is a good idea to take some time to see the collections of insects. You will be amazed the size of some of the insects. Also the ant farm is pretty interesting.

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Mississauga, Canada
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119 reviews 119 reviews
65 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I thought we would only spend 10-15 minutes here but it ended up being well over an hour. We didn't really pay much attention to the dead insects but there were quite a few living ones to keep us entertained. The ant exhibit was fascinating and the different spiders were quite scary. Overall, it provided some value to the overprice... More

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Falmouth, MA
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332 reviews 332 reviews
92 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

If you're at the botanical gardens it's worth a bit of time to see lots of dead bugs in cases. The place is drab. We did enjoy an exhibit of live ants that cut leaves.

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Montreal, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
59 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Ideal for young families and children that like insects, there are many displays with tons of different types of insects (beatles, butterflies, bees, etc). If you take your time and read all the information, it can be quite informative and interesting. On busy days (and especially during the summer), the museum is often packed with children on field-trips or from... More

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Boston
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Lots of them. Mostly dead, in displays, with lots and lots of signage that needs to be read. I am certain this would be boring to children because my husband and I were bored by it and we spent our whole time hunting down the tanks with the live bugs, which took about 20 minutes. It was part of the... More

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