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Montreal Insectarium, Montreal
(3.7/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Montreal Insectarium into our Montreal trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Montreal.
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  • Superb specimens, worth the trip and, we learn, looking, a multitude of information! Although some insects are weird, there is a very very beautiful and some huge. The tour is interesting and it stirred my curiosity for insects. To do!
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  • I never knew there were so many different kinds of beetles in neon colors. The butterflies are beautiful too. If you have kids that love bugs, they would enjoy this exhibit. 
  • The insectarium is very interesting. The visit is made in a very fun way and the specimens are beautiful. To access the insectarium ticket together with the Botanical Garden. The price is not cheap and on top of that you have to pay the parking.
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  • There was a field trip going on when we visited and so the place was a tad chaotic. I'm sure we would've Ed the visit a bit more if it was quieter. The live ant exhibit, where they were traveling between their two nests, was fascinating and definitely the star of the show. The rest of the insectarium was a mixture of live and preserved insects and was fun to look at.
  • Great bug collection, impressive to see. I'd recommend visiting in the winter, it's a lot less crowded. Could do with a bit more information panels along with all the dead buga.
  • a bug museum, it gives me the chill.. at the same time, you'd think it'll be awesome but it isn't. i don't like bugs but learning about them is extremely interesting! on the other hand, there isn't much going on. found the museum to be way too small or my hopes were too high. if you're a kid or going on a field trip, it'll be one of the best thing you'll see. as an adult, quite underwhelming. anyway, access to the insectarium is included in the price of admission (of the botanical gardens or whatever else exhibit going on) i still can't look at spiders..
  • Surprisingly good. Free admission when you go to the botonical gardens. Lots of bugs to look at. Best for kids, but still lots for the big kids to check out.
  • Beautifully organized little museum of insects, both live and preserved. I came here a few years ago and vividly remember their ant display. They had 2 boxes set up with a branch connecting them, and you could watch the ants, in perfect formation, move back and forth from one box to the other, collecting bits of leaves for their habitat. It was a unique experience and I enjoyed it thoroughly. They also have a wide collection of preserved insects, and some absolutely stunning displays of butterflies and beetles.