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Montreal Insectarium, Montreal

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Montreal Insectarium displays both live and dead insect collections from all around the world, from giant stick insects and furry spiders to monarch butterflies and jewel-like beetles. The largest insect museum in North America (which from a bird's perspective looks like a stylized insect), is home to nearly 250,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects. Observe busy ants picking leaves and maintaining the nest on an anthill. Learn more about arthropods, and explore shapes and colors of specimens displayed in cases and vivariums. Wander through a prairie to a pond filled with freshwater wildlife in the discovery zone. Kids will like the fun zone with games on the theme of insect habitats. With our custom trip planner, Montreal attractions like Montreal Insectarium can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This museum is very cool for the kids. Has all kinds of insects that you can imagine. Many butterflies that only here in Brazil!
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  • It has a wide and interesting variety of specimens. It is very educational and interesting for audiences of all ages. Highly recommended!
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  • Very very nice to discover species of insects that might not know! To visit
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  • It was well designed and all, I just don't care for insects! ~ it was part of a group visit. A staff member ran an interactive game with us that was pretty interesting, so definitely a learning experience. There is food with insects available for sale (though we didn't try any). Good place to bring elementary school kids.
  • It took us approximately 20minutes to go through the entire exhibit. Most of the insects are dead and there's really not much to see. The only thing I can suggest is that if you are going to the botanical gardens, then the Insectarium is worth a look. But not the opposite. I went with my wife and two children (4 & 2)
  • My boyfriend and I are not fond of insects, but we were up to see them at the insectarium! We've never been to one, and didn't know what to expect. It was a nice facility and the ant farm was one of the highlights. It was great being to see ants build a home for themselves! We also really enjoyed the insects they had outside the building in globes. Check it out this place out if you have the time!
  • Small and needs more activities but the bugs were cool and kids got a huge kick out of the stick insects because they couldn't find them at first. Very interesting and definitely different! Tried the any ice cream, not a fan but an experience for all of us. Would probably go back in a cooler day so we could walk outside, it was too hot to take the kids around everywhere and they got tired quickly.
  • Been there both times I went to Montreal. It's really interesting and informative and it's nice not all the bugs are dead. But I do wish there was more and more live things.

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If beautiful architecture and views over the water appeal, stay in the historic neighborhood of Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal), where you'll be a stone's throw from the best attractions in the city. If modern convenience is more important to you, look for accommodations in the downtown neighborhood of Centre-Ville, or head a bit farther out to the artsy district of Plateau Mont-Royal. LGBTI visitors might want to consider staying in The Village, Montreal's famously progressive hub of gay and lesbian culture.
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