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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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Ranked #45 of 240 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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Morrisburg, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We bought the ticket for the botanical gardens mostly to just see the insectarium. It was a decent experience but I guess I was expecting more love insects, ie butterfly room or something.

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EspacePourLaVie, Public Relations Manager at Montreal Insectarium, responded to this review

Hello Marie-AnneVM, thank you for your comment. We have thousands of butterflies during a specific event called Butterflies Go Free ,every year, from end of February until end of April. Hopelfully you can visit us during this period, you will be amazed ! http://calendrier.espacepourlavie.ca/butterflies-go-free-361716 More

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Amazing place, cool ideas, had never seen before! Not creepy as some one reviewed, but interesting visuals demonstrating great facts.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went on a Monday in one of those 3 museum deals around Olympic Park. The insectarium combined with the Obtanical Gardens is a good way to spend around 2 hours. The most impressive exhibit is the ant colony.

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Toronto
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128 reviews 128 reviews
48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We tried to economize by purchasing the "a la carte" combo ticket of Biodome+Gardens, the latter which includes admission to the Insectarium. We spent over an hour here looking at displays of dead and live bugs, most interesting was the live ant colony within arm's reach, lots of them, working on branches, collecting leaves, etc. While there, we also encountered... More

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dutchess county, ny
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I am not a bug person but this place made bugs more interesting to me. There were a lot of displays of dead bugs and some live ones. The museum seems to be geared towards smaller children.

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Durham, North Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The Insectarium is a great addition to the botanical garden. Small but a good place to stop by during a hot summer day while visiting the garden for no extra cost. Great for younger children to learn about bugs, not so much for teenagers.

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Easton, Maryland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It's a little creepy if you don't like bugs. In fact, it's very creepy cause they are all over the place and large, with noises that make you feel like you are in their habitat. Great place for children-they were beside themselves in awe of all the displays. We didn't stay long because we are not that fond of spiders... More

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Centennial, Colorado
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The insectarium is small but has quite an extensive collection. There are far more specimen collections than live species, but there are quite a few insects. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and fluent in both French and English. One staff member was handing around a live specimen for children to hold. There were quite a few children running around, and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great exhibits with much variety. There were many live exhibits too. It was interesting and informative and what made it especially enjoyable is that it is connected to the Botanical Gardens and both are included in the reasonable price. Together they were the highlight of our visit to Montreal. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Montreal to see them both... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The insectarium itself is somewhat small and somewhat dull, unless you are extremely into insects of all species. It consists largely of glass cases filled with dead insects, although there are some live creatures to see (but being insects, they are not terribly active). Fortunately, we bundled these tickets with the botanical garden (Chinese and Japanese gardens great) and the... More

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