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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 #45 of 241 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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dutchess county, ny
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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Mount Vernon, Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Miramichi
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Went with my grad class in May during our trip to Montreal. It was cool seeing the ants working and the huge spiders but it was more kid oriented we found. Nice spot, very clean and the atmosphere is appropriate.

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London, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have been there a few times and it's always a wonder. The selection of live bugs is amazing. The kids are always excited. The price can be bundled with the Biodome and/or Planetarium, so think about doing it all. Allow about 1-2 hours for his attraction.

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Greenwich, CT
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Not much to see unless you are very into insects or with young children who are. Rest of the botanical gardens are magical so you can easily skip it.

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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Do not miss it! Small but diverse collection of insects. Display stations have short and uselful info. Spiders are my fav! Helpful guides (they are volunteers).

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