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Address: 160 Tour-de-l'Ile | (Ile Sainte-Hélène), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Phone Number: 514 283 5000
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Description: Built to house the U.S. pavilion at the 1967 World Fair, this dome has...
Built to house the U.S. pavilion at the 1967 World Fair, this dome has numerous interactive presentations designed to promote the importance of water resources.
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Ecological museum

Well constructed and thought-provoking interactive displays addressing various of the ecological challenges facing the planet (global warming, pollution, etc). Do not confuse... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Livonia, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went right when it opened on a Wednesday and it was perfect. There was barely anyone there yet. Also, some of the exhibits were closed so I only had to pay $6 because my daughter was free (she's 15). This is an environmental museum and we really learned alot and it made us more conscious of our waste. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Well constructed and thought-provoking interactive displays addressing various of the ecological challenges facing the planet (global warming, pollution, etc). Do not confuse with the Biodome (some reviewers seem to have done so) or you may be disappointed - no animals here. We visited both and enjoyed both!

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hertfordshire
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22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

on one of the islands in Montreal - on an Autumn day in the sun the view is impressive with all the different leafs - inside there are exhibits and you can have a free email photo sent home which is nice the staff are friendly and you get great views from level 5 at the top

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Sydney, Australia
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Stopped out the front of this building during a Ca Roule Montreal cycling tour. It certainly is very impressive now and one can just imagine the impact it had in 1967 for the World Expo. I didn't tour inside the building but am pleased I had the opportunity to see it up close externally. Recommended

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Rockport, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I may have been expecting too much but I was disappointed by Biosphere. There were not as many animals as i expected and the rain forest was so hot and humid I was sweating excessively even though it was about 50 degrees outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

5 levels of fun. The admission is $12.00 for adults. We were pleasantly surprised when we found out 17 and under get free admission. Lots of interactive activities for children and teens. The view from the top level is beautiful. You can take the stairs or an elevator is available in the middle section of the building. Just a short... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The best part of the visit for me was the impressive architecture of the Biosphere. Even when you are just about to enter it, you feel the grandness and the simplicity of it. The surrounding pools are also great to watch, especially when it is a little windy. Inside, I found the demonstrations very innovative and striking. My favourite part... More 

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london uk
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

easy to take the subway there for 3cad$ to Jean Drapeau and then a short walk - amazing when you first see it and it just gets better. Exhibit on nature which was great - then you get to go inside the dome.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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141 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I found it a little confusing that Montreal has both a Biosphere and Biodome. The Biosphere is the rounder of the two and is located on an island in the St. Lawrence River not far from downtown. The subway stops on the island within a quarter mile of this place and it’s an easy walk to the museum. Inside, you’ll... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

no offense but,the biosphere is probably the most interesting thing in Montreal. It's very beautiful,I love the structure and the intricate designs. look quite simple from afar but still very stunning at night.It was free on Sunday because of the red ball project but usually there's a fee(correct me if I'mm wrong) Its in the Parc Jean Drapeau. It's quite... More 

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Parc Jean-Drapeau
The islands of Saint-Helene and Notre-Dame together make up the anchored fabric of Parc Jean-Drapeau. The mostly man-made grounds were built to be the site of the 1967 World's Fair, and the chiefly car-free space still retains its inherited carnival character. A wonderland of foliage and flora awaits at the Jardins des Floralies, with its expanse of pond-marked wetlands making it perfect for hiking, nature walks, and exploration. Old exhibitions still straddle the newest entertainment complexes, including the high-flying roller coasters of La Ronde Amusement Park and the brightly-lit Casino de Montréal. From the springtime on, families crowd the sandy beaches with candy-striped umbrellas, and rowers take to the Olympic Basin, where the spherical American Pavilion and the high brick Tour de Lévis provide an atypical backdrop. A short metro trip carries visitors and locals to this vacationing spot, providing leisure and activity outside of the inner city.