Get a peek behind the scenes at the Biodome

The Biodome is celebrating its 25th anniversary by giving visitors the opportunity to see the museum's day-to-day operations

This summer, visitors can take a sneak peek at the inner workings of the Biodome during a behind-the-scenes tour.

On June 17 and 18, visitors will make their way through the museum’s five ecosystems and answer questions at 14 information stations. In the Laurentian Maple Forest ecosystem, visitors might be asked how many quills a porcupine has or what a sturgeon eats in the Gulf of St. Lawrence ecosystem. After collecting information from the exhibits and listening to a nature interpreter, visitors will verify their answers and get their ‘passport’ stamped if they are correct. The questions are mostly geared towards young children, but scientific educator Marie-Odile Noël says the tour is fun and informative for the whole family.

After exploring the ecosystems, guides will take visitors behind the scenes to discover how the Biodome runs: veterinarians will explain how they treat sick animals by demonstrating on stuffed toys and chefs will show how the animal food is prepared in the kitchen. Families can also watch divers as they descend into the tanks to feed the fish. To cap off the tour, there will be a big celebration with food and music in the cafeteria.

Throughout the summer, there will be smaller-scale opportunities to go behind the scenes. Every day from June 15 to Sept. 4, families can go on express 20-minute tours and learn about a feature crucial to the operation of the Biodome. On Saturdays from June 24 to Sept. 2, zookeepers and other employees will explain their respective task.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Biodome is also hosting other family- friendly events like Taste of the Forest and the Sea where foodies can learn about and sample edible plants as well as observe penguin feeding time.

Admission for the behind-the-scenes tours is included in a regular Biodome admission price.

For more information, visit espacepourlavie.ca.