Insectarium de Montréal

Insectarium de Montréal, Montreal: Hours, Address, Insectarium de Montréal Reviews: 4/5

Insectarium de Montréal
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
CLOSED UNTIL 2021. Enjoy the newly renovated Biodôme, the Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan and the Botanical Garden, all part of Montréal Space for Life, Canada's largest natural science museum complex.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: 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 blustery weather draws crowds indoors to meat and cheese sellers, spices and truffles stalls, and for regional delicacies such as rare Charlevoix lamb. While the market dictates what's fresh for local restaurateurs, visitors can please more than their palates, taking in the Renaissance architecture and frescos of Madonna della Difesa, the picturesque Rue Saint-Rominique with its cheerful homes and splendid gardens, or the ornamented thoroughfare of Plaza Saint-Hubert.
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721 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
278
Average
142
Poor
27
Terrible
7

Nick S
New York City, NY68 contributions
So many bugs!
Nov. 2019
This place was soooo cool. So may bugs of all shapes and SIZES. My 4yo girl really loved all the crazy bugs and insects this place had. It really was fun to visit.
Written 27 August 2020
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stuy54
Sydney, Australia105 contributions
Its not open!
Jun. 2019 • Couples
Tourist brochures suggested a visit here but when we arrived it was closed for renovations and not opening again till 2021.
SERIOUSLY!?
Written 9 June 2019
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Edward W
Thunder Bay, Canada1,639 contributions
Colony
Oct. 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, but for anyone thinking of venturing to the East to see the Olympic Park, they might better spend their time here.
Written 24 November 2018
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bluejeanfood
Philadelphia, PA567 contributions
For older kids
Nov. 2018 • Family
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
Written 20 November 2018
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silveroses69
Stony Plain, Canada116 contributions
Good collection
Oct. 2018 • Family
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.
Written 30 October 2018
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acadonnelly
Austin, TX37 contributions
Pretty good, but not quite what I had hoped for....
Oct. 2018 • Couples
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 insects- a cool leafcutter any display, the obligatory tarantula, scorpion, stick insect, etc. displays, but mainly this was about displays of collected, pinned insects. Fantastic, just what I was wanted.

So, why did I only give it three stars? I debated between three and four, if there was an option for 3.5 I'd go with that. But overall it wasn't quite as balanced as I had hoped, and wasn't organized as well as I had expected. The balance? It was heavily weighted towards the more spectacular/pretty insects. So butterflies, moths, and beetles were well represented. And only the cool beetles. It has been a couple of weeks since I visited, but I don't recall any click beetles, for example, which are not pretty or cool, but represent a large group of beetles. Many groups of insects were buried in with other groups in a display like "Forest Canopy" or something like that so maybe I missed them. I was really hoping for a larger variety, and the variety shown in separate displays, which I'll discuss below.

As for the organization, as noted above, the displays were all about general things, and not as much oriented around the insects themselves. Sure, butterflies, moths, and beetles were shown to a degree, but not much else. When I was done I realized there wasn't a display on bees, wasps, etc. And I really wanted to see an Asian Giant Hornet. I finally found one on the "Defense" display. Why not have a display on hymenoptera and show the varities of this order that has 150,000+ members? Which includes ants, which might warrant their own display. Same with odonates, orthoptera, etc. I would have liked to have displays titled and oriented to the types of insects around the world, and a larger variety including some of the mreo obscure things like click beetles, odonates, ants, etc. I guess these aren't as sexy as butterflies, moths, and beetles, but it sure would be nice to see some orientation/organization around the different types of insects rather than the different habits/habitats/etc.

But they did have some nice stuff. Gorgeous birdwing butterflies, spectacular scarab beetles, longhorn beetles, etc. It is worth a visit. It could just be so much better, but then again, maybe my interest (in the families of insects rather than where you would find them and things about them) is the exception rather than the rule for the general public.
Written 15 October 2018
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Pete B
Montreal, Canada23 contributions
Take a kid with you.
Oct. 2018 • Family
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 lighting. I think that a visit in the woods would be more rewarding.
Written 3 October 2018
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OscarTraveler
Carolinas117 contributions
Hot, crowded, and too few live specimans
Aug. 2018 • Couples
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 left after only a few minutes.
Written 24 September 2018
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TravellingGail2017
Ontario, Canada72 contributions
Interesting but overpriced
Sep. 2018 • Solo
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 plaque, then you'll have seen everything in 30 minutes. There is one full floor of displays. I think $20.50 is way overpriced and something closer to $12.50 would be more reasonable. You'd get more bang for your buck if you visited in the early summer when you could also wander the outdoor gardens at no extra cost. The flowers are all gone by mid Sept.
Written 21 September 2018
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rilasata
Torcross, UK229 contributions
Not enough live specimens
Sep. 2018 • Friends
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 to show more. Spent about 30 minutes here.
Written 15 September 2018
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Insectarium de Montréal is open:
  • Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm