Newfoundland Insectarium, Deer Lake

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An astounding collection of creepy crawlies await discovery at Newfoundland Insectarium, an award winning attraction based in a carefully restored historic building. Founded in 1998, the attraction houses thousands of living and mounted insects, and arachnids and arthropods from all around the world. Revel in this rare opportunity to see so many mesmerising creatures up close, and delight in a stroll through the the largest butterfly house in eastern North America. Divided into six geographical zones, the insectarium teaches you about hundreds of different species and their life cycles, from how bees make honey to the industrious social structure of the leaf cutter ant colony. A quirky colorful gift shop supplies you with endless insect themed souvenirs to take home. Plan to visit Newfoundland Insectarium and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Deer Lake attractions using our Deer Lake online sightseeing planner .
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  • Second trip to the insectarium. And it was greater than I remembered the first time. The butterfly exhibit is just truly amazing. Highly recommended to check it out  more »
  • We loved the butterfly garden. Such beautiful butterflies sharing their space with us! The inside displays so many other bugs, spiders, butterflies and bees. We did find the queen. They have an outsid...  more »
  • My friend and I (both Grandmas, travelling from Ontario) stopped in on impulse to see what this was all about and we were more than pleasantly surprised. There is a lovely area filled with beautiful b...  more »
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  • First time in visiting in a decade, loved it just as much as an adult as I did as a child. Knowledgeable staff that provide a great experience, even got to hold some of the little critters. 10/10 would recommend to anyone traveling in the area, very affordable
  • If u r in love with insects, u cant ignore this facility on the side of the main road. Nice collection of insects. Live and dead. Butterfly garden is well maintained. Friendly staff. Look for the chief entomologist there. Guy is a super interpreter. Gift shop is kind a expensive but worth the price.
  • We had extra time in Deer Lake and are so, so glad we stopped by this place. The staff is the best part, they're all super friendly and kind! The displays are awesome and you even get to touch/hold some insects. Personal favorite was the butterfly garden :)
  • Excellent exhibits and friendly, knowledgable, and helpful staff make this place well worth visiting. The butterfly pavilion is very nicely designed and features many beautiful butterflies fluttering all over the place - they were landing on us within seconds of our arrival. It is very hot and humid in the pavilion, but the staff prepared us for that by suggesting that we visit it before and/or after visiting the rest of the (air conditioned) exhibits - this turned out to be excellent advice. The bug exhibits upstairs are well laid out with lots of interesting information about all the types of bugs on display. We were even lucky enough to see a staff member feeding crickets to many of the critters.
  • Very cool! I love that you can hold some of the coolest insects, and the Butterfly Pavilion is soooo magical! I'm sure I only saw a third of the butterflies there, they're hiding everywhere. Some really stunning pictures too. Price is a little high, not convinced it's entirely worth it, but I'm sure it costs a lot to keep this place running so it's probably fair. There's also a nice nature trail behind the building.
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