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Biosphere, Montreal

(3.6/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Immerse yourself in numerous exhibits exploring humankind's relationship to the environment at Biosphere, housed in a geodesic dome designed by world-renowned architect Buckminster Fuller. The verdant island setting puts nature at the forefront as you explore exhibits on climate, meteorology, and sustainable development. Interactive displays create a fun and educational space for children and adults alike. The dome itself was originally part of Expo 67, the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century. This important piece of architectural history stands at 61 m (200 ft) tall, with a spherical diameter of 76 m (250 ft). Before you head to Montreal, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Montreal itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Montreal has to offer, including Biosphere.
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  • this is a great place for kids and school trips but it is a small indoor zoo. not worth the time or money  more »
  • Worth a visit, nice place organized and you can take the subway, in the summer you can enjoy more.
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  • I'm not a fan of zoos but the Biosphere has done a good job. The complex is divided into several environments that replicate the natural environment as closely as possible. Most important they have bu...  more »
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  • We enjoyed the art leading up to the biosphere as well as the various exhibits throughout. Many of the different parts of each of the exhibits had interactive portions. The stars of the show though were in hall 2 - an immersive 360 degree show, and hall 5 - a degree of change presentation (you could just feel the speaker's enthusiasm on the subject of climate change). There is also a viewing platform that offered a good view of Montreal (despite the spherical structure obstructing said view).
  • Definitely a cool spot, and probably worth the price of admission at 15 bucks. I thought the coolest thing was the structure itself though, which you can see for free. Some cool exhibits. The 360 "immersive" video experience certainly lives up to it's name, though should probably give you a heads up regarding the mist or whatever it is it sends out in the latter half.
  • The spherical structure is definitely interesting, but unfortunately that's all that's interesting about this place. All the exhibits are just posters and movies; if I wanted to watch nature documentaries and read articles I'd have stayed home. I love science and love to learn about the environment, but this place presents a very important subject matter in a bland and boring way.
  • Fun place for kids, but if you watch the discovery channel or took one geology class in college, you already know this stuff. The staff is wonderful and very helpful and the grounds are gorgeous. It's weird. A very unpopulated museum. I don't know why
  • Some exhibits are really interesting, such as the Spirit of the Forest, but I found the museum somewhat dull and not as interactive as I had expected. The dome is the most remarkable part of the museum. A lookout from the top floor allows visitors to see the dome up close and provides nice but obstructed views of the city.