Biodôme De Montreal
Biodôme De Montreal
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
An oasis in the heart of the city of Montréal, the Biodôme offers an immersive visit through five ecosystems of the Americas where animals and plants can be observed. It is one of the few places in the world to reproduce so faithfully the complexity of the natural environment and the interactions between animal and plant species. Summer and winter alike, the Biodôme is the perfect family outing!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Named for the Olympic Stadium complexes built for the 1976 games, the Olympic Park and the surrounding neighborhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa) make up an invigorated area dedicated to "Space for Life." Around the Olympic Village's arenas and stadiums, Rue Sherbrooke welcomes exploration of its sculpture gardens decorated in the works of Jean-Paul Riopelle and its museum culture headed by the historical Château Dufresne. Maisonneuve Park offers interactive experiences at its bio-dome, insectarium, planetarium, and botanical gardens. For a change of scene, the gentrified space along Rue Ontario Est is packed with the city's newest, edgiest cafes, where an imaginative, youthful crowd sips foamy cappuccinos. A visit here is incomplete without stepping into the vast halls of the Maisonneuve Market, with flower stalls, wine depots, and local produce.
How to get there
  • Viau • 4 min walk
  • Pie-IX • 9 min walk
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  • whinfellwanderer
    Sheffield, United Kingdom218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for all not just families
    Great for all ages and very popular with young children especially the penguins. The 4 habitats were all interesting and it is a light and airy space. The vegetarian wrap from the Caterina restaurant was tasty and their is dedicated seating to eat your own picnic too
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Flutegarden
    Collegeville, Pennsylvania203 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but needs better traffic control.
    This place is nice and it’s great to see animals in their natural environment. Our favorite was the polar region and seeing the penguins. The problem with this place is there is a traffic control problem. They make you purchase i timed ticket but they doesn’t help as it’s overcrowded. It’s hard to move through some exhibits and see anything. They shouldn’t allow strollers and especially wagons. There were plenty of pamphlets in both English and French when you scan your ticket.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • fm0072018
    Canterbury, United Kingdom149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biodome - really worth a visit especially for kids
    The Biodome is easily reached from the Viau metro station (green line). There are four different habitats inside the Dome including a tropical region. Each area has animals and birds which all the children there seemed to really enjoy. It really is an attraction for people with children although adults will enjoy it as well. You can buy a ticket just for the Dome or get an annual ticket which covers the Biodome, Planatarium, Insectarium and Botanical Gardens which are all on the same complex (as well as the Biosphere which is in nearer to the city centre). Even if you are only going to visit whilst you are on holiday it’s worth buying the annual ticket and visiting all the attractions over a few days. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Polo Morailles
    San Diego, California157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zoo-like dome with 4 biomes but way too many kids
    Located right next to the Olympic stadium and the botanical garden, this Biodome is great for families. That being said, there were way too many kids and families for the size limitations. The arctic section has playful and energetic penguins. The jungle section is really humid and has pretty parrots to look at. The temperate and forests climates had the least to see with not many animals. It's like a zoo with a cool giftshop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • codgirl
    Ottawa, Canada71 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over digitised now days.
    I used to love the biodôme, it is still a fun hour to hour and a half of animal spotting. However, like the other espace pour la vie museums, the experience is made much worse nowadays by the lack of signs and the need to use an app to get any information. For our group the appp would only work on one phone(constantly closed when you tried to do anything on the others). And on the phone where it kind of worked, we couldn't find all the animals and certain features only worked sporadically.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Heather
    75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We arrived at the biodome and had to buy tickets for a scheduled time slot. We waited over two hours but it was raining outside so it gave us something to do inside. You can buy food and drinks there. The biodome was fairly quick to go through, under an hour, but beautiful and the animals seem content.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Nick - The RI Food Dude
    Rhode Island394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice value, loved seeing the penguins
    Awesome experience for all ages! I’m from Rhode Island in the US and $22 per person is a really good deal. You get to see a good amount of animals in the tropical forest, but my favorite section was definitely seeing the penguins in the arctic environment. The structure from the outside is visibly appealing with a cool view of the Olympic Tower. The staff was very friendly and the metro station is a short walk from just outside the grounds.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Nico Samneil Sy Salado
    Newport, Vermont1,898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biodome montreal
    It is amazing how this place is maintained that almost everything is real. Although not as big as a zoo but a family could surely enjoy this. All animals here are not found on granby zoo so it is not redundant and boring. There is a self checkout kiosk so you dont need to wait in line. Gift shop and cafeteria is also inside. Penguins are so cute!!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Gabe H
    Northern Virginia, Virginia172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Splendid way to visit the arctic and tropical climates in one afternoon
    Four separate climates: 1. Arctic/Antarctic penguins, puffins, and other Arctic / Antarctic birds 2. Tropical: Plants, birds, and animals from the tropical regions. 3 & 4: Temperate: Plants, animals, and fish. Excellent visit, well laid out, handled the Saturday crowd well (they have timed entry tickets) We did this paired with the Montreal Botanical Garden.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Tracey
    Kariong, Australia32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and Enjoyable
    This is a fun way to spend an hour or so, wandering through the four different ecosystems to view the plants and animals in each. The penguins and puffins were adorable and we enjoyed watching the tamarins, the raccoons and the capybaras. I only wish I could have magicked both the river otters and beavers awake as they were the animals I was most keen to see, being Australian and having neither at home. We found it easy to get to via metro from old Montreal and it was not too crowded.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
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jadam166
Ottawa, Canada28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
What a disappointment!  First the good:  The animal 'ecosystems' are excellent, very nicely designed, and feel quite natural.  Among the best I've seen.  Now the bad:  1.  Not a single sign, placard, board (and I really mean, absolutely zero) that explain what animal I'm looking at, or any info about their diet, habits, etc.  You know, the usual thing you see in ANY museum.   "Daddy, what type of monkey/fish/animal is that?"  "I have no idea, sweetie. If only there was a way for them to educate us about the animals they house!"  2.  Quite small.  Going through every 'environment' and seeing all the animals only took 45 minutes.  $22 per person for 45 minutes is pretty steep.  Might have taken longer IF WE HAD SIGNS TO READ and LEARN about the animals!  3.  The café/restaurant is 100% vegetarian.  Seriously?  They do realize that most visitors aren't vegetarian, right?  Maybe they're trying to be more 'animal-friendly' by not offering meat products.  But if that's the case, why are they imprisoning a bunch of wild animals for my viewing pleasure?  Inconsistent and hypocritical.  (Don't get me wrong, I'm not arguing that they should free the animals, I'm arguing they should offer meat products for the vast majority of us who aren't vegetarians).  4.  So much empty space.  Architecturally, the building is amazing, and offers an incredible 'canvas' for a world-class museum/zoo/exhibit space.  But they wasted an opportunity in their recent renovations.  I kept wandering around thinking, "wow, this looks amazing, too bad they left it empty!  Maybe the renovations aren't done?" Overall:  Skip it.  It was a great place when I first went 20 years ago, but it's no longer worth visiting.
Written August 15, 2022
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rowo
Innsbruck, Austria148 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Access from the parking lot to the entrance is somewhat lengthy, which might be uncomfortable for some people, and it's not over then, as you might be in line in front of the doors. The Biodome boasts to be a walk in nature through five ecosystems and teaching about environmental commitment. Instead, due to the spatial constraint of being a dome, it is some fairly narrow, relatively short paths, completely overcrowded despite requiring time slots for the visit. You can see a very small amount of kinds of animals in different vegetation surroundings, acoustically totally blurred out by the enormous stream of kindergarten excursions mixed among the visitors. There are a few explanations in some spots, trying to shed some light on biological backgrounds.

If you ever have been to a decent open air zoo, or even to a great one - I for my part think of the "Tiergarten" in Vienna, Austria - you will have seen a much bigger variety of animal species, also in their proper settings, with at least the same amount of accompanying information as you get in the biodome. A normal visit to a zoo will give you things to see and study for at least a whole day, the biodome will keep you busy for maybe two hours. One thing to say in favor of the biodome, it's all inside, so it might be good for a rainy day, unless you mind being surrounded by floods of little kids and other visitors.
Written July 21, 2022
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fm0072018
Canterbury, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The Biodome is easily reached from the Viau metro station (green line). There are four different habitats inside the Dome including a tropical region. Each area has animals and birds which all the children there seemed to really enjoy. It really is an attraction for people with children although adults will enjoy it as well.
You can buy a ticket just for the Dome or get an annual ticket which covers the Biodome, Planatarium, Insectarium and Botanical Gardens which are all on the same complex (as well as the Biosphere which is in nearer to the city centre). Even if you are only going to visit whilst you are on holiday it’s worth buying the annual ticket and visiting all the attractions over a few days.
Highly recommended.
Written August 7, 2023
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Lindsay K
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
First time visitor to the Biodome with my husband and daughter. Some highlights were the gorgeous building, animal enclosures, and all the fun animals; especially the penguins. Though we did have a great time, there are a few things I would recommend to make the experience even better, which is why I did not rate it higher. There is not enough signage throughout the building. There were a few times where we were not sure where to go or what animals we were looking at/for. The app is helpful, but we don’t want to have our phones out the entire time since we’re trying to enjoy the nature and animals. There is not enough seating in the atrium, and this may be due to the pandemic. The building almost feels like it is not finished? The style of the building is minimalist and modern, which may be why it feels unfinished. There could be projections on the large white walls added, or other unique things to keep you interested when in the atrium. Overall, I would visit again, and would recommend friends and family.
Written November 11, 2021
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Tori M
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
*part of my comprehensive review on the three out of the five museums we visited* First, the site is an abomination. I'm a tech savvy person, and I still found the site very difficult to navigate. As a family of three, it was most economical to purchase the Passport for $140. Save for the botanical garden, you are expected to book your time ahead for each space, do so! We were unable to visit the Insectarium as it was completely booked for the day.

I'm not sure how humane these exhibits are, it made me a little sad to see the penguins in such a small space. A very straight-forward experience where you walk through a variety of ecosystems and see a glimpse of the animals that live there. Young Children will enjoy, if you're visiting the other museums that are part of the complex, you may as well check out the biodome. Please respect the animals; seeing many adults hitting glass to get their attention, etc was annoying. We enjoyed the aquatic exhibits and seeing the sturgeon up close.
Written July 24, 2022
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Has2bJustRight
Burnt Hills, NY50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
My family with two older teens were in Montreal for a January weekend (only our Second time in Canada) and looking for something to indoors. Read some of the reviews, but decided to try anyway. This review will confirm a few things written by my fellow reviewers. Let me save you some time an money. If youve ever been to a zoo or aquarium in the US this will be a let down. (Not saying US is better, I've just never been to any in CA.) Parking is confusing, poorly marked and extremely overpriced at $25? There are 4 sections to the building. It took us 90 minutes to get through it all and we were taking our time. Except for the green running man, there are ZERO signs as to what you are looking at, what to look for, their habitat, country of origin, nothing! Although some of the exibits were nice to see such as the penguins, lynx, jellyfish, tamarin monkeys (there may have been others, but of course I could have missed it because there are no signs) the rest could use somewhat of an animal upgrade. Racoons? Really? If you are just going with your young family and you want to show your kids what a real penguin or starfish look like, this is a great choice. The place is very clean. The gift shop is nice. There is a cafe with a lot of seating, but we did not try it. Just have someone drop you off instead of parking and maybe there are discounts available. Overall for the 4 of us with parking it was $98 (2×$22.50, 1×$16.50, 1x$11.50, $25 parking) not including a couple of items we bought in the gift shop. A rather expensive 90 minutes.
Written January 9, 2023
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Viktorija
London, UK48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The attraction itself is cute, the visitors can experience different ecosystems and see some animals, birds, plants. However, the biggest drawback of this is that there is no control of how many people are allowed inside. There are timed tickets but upon arrival you can enter with any ticket time. It makes the venue overcrowded and very difficult to enjoy. We started at the tropical ecosystem and it seems it was the most crowded part, there were a lot of people and it was difficult to see anything, we had to spend a lot of time in the crowd to be able to see something + since it’s tropical climate, it was very hot and having so many people around you doesn’t help. It got better afterwards, but the overall impression was average. I wouldn’t recommend unless there is nothing else to do.
Written April 17, 2023
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paixful
Lethbridge, Canada514 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Reviews talked about spending 90 min here but I thought that seemed short, however, we managed to see everything, take lots of photos, and grab lunch at the yummy vegetarian and vegan cafe in about 90+ min. We then wanted to go to the Insectarium but it was sold out for a few more hours. We should have bought tickets for both, or a passport, and recognized that it really isn't that big of a place to visit, though it was nice and interesting.
Written August 6, 2022
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Susan H
Chicago, IL189 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Biodome was a very big disappointment. The exhibits are extremely limited and just a few animals. Not at all what I expected and I don’t understand the rave reviews. It took us about 30 minutes to go through the whole thing. There’s a lot of construction around the area so if you go this far leave extra time for parking
Written August 31, 2021
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GatashMA
Boston, MA97 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I last visited this museum about 18 years ago and not much had changed. I saw few animals and there was no educational signage. I read from others' reviews that an app provided tour information, but I never saw that option promoted at the museum. The other patrons were really pushy and let their children barge in front of people. The eating area was a mess. This past visit was my last.
Written June 30, 2022
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