For 25 years, the Montreal Insectarium has been home to tens of thousands of our planet’s tiniest and most fascinating creatures. Beetles, butterflies, scorpions and spiders – if it is spineless, has multiple limbs and a pair of antennae, you’ll find it at this museum.
The Insectarium has many permanent exhibits; Atta Ants lets kids and their parents see the hard-working bugs build their nests and work as a team to maintain their colony.
The annual Butterflies Go Free is one of the most well known and loved exhibitions; thousands of multicoloured butterflies flutter freely above your head as you walk around the Main Exhibition Greenhouse.
The Insectarium is an educational alternative to other natural history museums where specimens are kept in glass jars, since you can observe the creatures in a live and animated setting. Open to all ages, kids and parents alike can learn about the tiny critters that make up an important part of our ecosystems in an engaging and interactive setting.
Address: 4581 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal, QC H1X 2B2
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public transport: Viau metro
Parking: Car: $16 per day ($20 during events at the Olympic Stadium)
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Here is a quick preview of what to expect during a visit to the Insectarium: