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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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There's not a lot to see in Montreal. This was worth a metro ride to check out. We spent over one hour. Kids would enjoy the inter-active exhibits.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Southlake, Texas

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Southlake, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There's not a lot to see in Montreal. This was worth a metro ride to check out. We spent over one hour. Kids would enjoy the inter-active exhibits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is a review of the Biosphere, *not* the Biodome. If you want to see animals, you need to visit the Biodome (and any reviews which refer to seeing animals here are not reviewing the Biosphere as there are none here). The Biosphere is located in Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is lovely onto itself. I wanted to visit because I thought... More 

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This outdated site may have excited visitors in the late 60s but in 2015 - it is outdated & appears underfunded. The exhibits were unimaginative & disjointed. Children would gain more educational fortitude from visiting La Ronde, the amusement park across the way. PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS PLACE FOR THE BIODOME!! My wife and I did - and it... More 

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BRATTLEBORO, VT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We spent 3.5 hours there. They have a lot of see so pace yourself. The exhibits and shows are informative and there's a nice view on the 4th floor. The Biosphere is a part of the Museum Pass and youths under 17 get in free. Can't beat the price.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We bought a package and this was included. We were surprised at how interesting it was. Great for kids of all ages.

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Stopped by this place because of my interest in environmental politics and the structure of the Biosphere itself. Overall it wasn't a bad museum experience. For the price it seemed lacking as several of the interactive energy exhibits were broken. However, sitting on the observation deck was worth it. Despite being one of about 60 visitors at the time, we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

For $15, I browsed through and took photos of the 5 exhibit halls, outdoor lookout deck and presentation film in about 2.5hrs. Lineup was very little, as there was about 50 visitors at noon time on Monday. If you're a nature lover or science buff, you may find the number of plants (interior garden on 1F), artifacts, energy device displays... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We started our day at Parc Jean Drapeau here. My nine-year-old son was particularly keen, on the structure itself as he is working on making a model out of straw. We saw the presentation on Tornadoes which was interesting and accessible for both our children (9 and 12). There are information kiosks with thought-provoking content about sustainability. The lab experiment... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

As a museum it is pretty barren for $15 admission (free for kids). They do have a small interactive science-y area, a multi-media experience and a bit of a walk through about natural phenomena (like cyclones) and that’s about it. What really is amazing about this place is the venue itself, this being one of the most prominent Buckminster Fuller’s... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The place is really well done, full of information about climate and climate issues. It is as interesting for children as for adults. The view of Montréal from the top levels is wondefull. If you visit Montréal, this is definitely a must see.

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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.