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Montreal Insectarium

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Along with the Biodome (closed for renovation until summer 2019), the Botanical Garden and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Insectarium is part of the Montreal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural museum science complex and Montreal's top...more
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4581 Sherbrooke Street East | Included With Teh Botanical Garden, Montreal, Quebec H1X 2B2, Canada
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
+1 514-868-3000
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Reviewed November 24, 2018

Connected to the Botanical Gardens, this museum of insects is one of the best things to visit in Montreal. The instruction on the insects is comprehensive but by far the most interesting part is the atta ant colony. A little bit off the beaten track,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

The have really nice exhibits here and cool to see. Be sure the kid is a little old so they can enjoy it fully. Had a good time

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Although I had expected a bit more it was a good display. My 1.5 year old enjoyed it as the place is child friendly. I’m assuming it would be better to go in the summer when more bugs are out.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank silveroses69
Reviewed October 15, 2018

First of all, let's get this out of the way. Yes, this is an insect museum. Many reviews complain that this is mainly pinned insects.....YES, that's exactly what it is. And that is what I was hoping for. Sure, there are some displays of live...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank acadonnelly
Reviewed October 3, 2018

The best way to see this place is through the eyes of a child who loves insects, otherwise it is a pretty dull, but expensive place to visit. It is pretty hard to see the living insects. The displays make it awkward due to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pete B
Reviewed September 24, 2018

The Gardens were not crowded the day we visited, but the Insectarium was hot, jammed, and most of the exhibits were mounted. Lots of pretty specimens, but I would have rather seen more live insects. We had such a hard time getting around, that we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Took the Metro there, but note... it is another 10 minute walk to the ticket kiosk and another 5 minutes to the insectarium building itself. There are a lot of live insects and many preserved and mounted. If you don't stop to read each information...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited the Insectarium as part of visit to the botanical gardens. Whilst the gardens are excellent (5 out of 5) the insectarium was a disappointment. Reasonably educational but over reliance on dead display specimens. Very few live creatures. Better use of space could be used...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rilasata
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Took my family of four, with two kids of 7 and 11 years old, to this place as part of a visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden, which was part of a recent vacation in Canada. It was interesting and diverting for maybe an hour...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael L
Reviewed September 8, 2018

An amazing array of insects common and obscure. The live cutter ant display will keep you mesmerized for an hour. A must see.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie has one of Canada's most
prominent Italian communities, with Little Italy
concentrated along the convivial bends of
Saint-Lawrence Boulevard. Known for its fantastic bars
and authentic Italian fare, the domain includes the
Jean-Talon Market, the largest public market in North
America. Open year-round, sunny months see fruit and
vegetable stalls set up outside the main chalet, while
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