Fodor's Expert Review Insectarium

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Zoo/Aquarium

If you're a little squeamish about beetles and roaches, you might want to give the bug-shape building in the middle of the Espace pour la Vie Jardin Botanique (Space for Life Botanical Garden) a pass, but kids especially seem to love it. Considered one of the largest insect museums in North America, with more than 250,000 insects in the collection, the little creatures are either mounted or behind panes of glass thick enough to minimize the shudder factor—a good thing when you're looking at a tree roach the size of a wrestler's thumb. There is, however, a room full of free-flying butterflies, and in February and May the Insectarium releases thousands of butterflies and moths into the Jardin Botanique's main greenhouse. At varying times during the year the Insectarium brings in chefs to prepare such delicacies as deep-fried bumblebees and chocolate-dipped locusts—protein-rich treats that most adults find highly resistible. In 2018 the Insectarium may begin its Metamorphosis project,... READ MORE

If you're a little squeamish about beetles and roaches, you might want to give the bug-shape building in the middle of the Espace pour la Vie Jardin Botanique (Space for Life Botanical Garden) a pass, but kids especially seem to love it. Considered one of the largest insect museums in North America, with more than 250,000 insects in the collection, the little creatures are either mounted or behind panes of glass thick enough to minimize the shudder factor—a good thing when you're looking at a tree roach the size of a wrestler's thumb. There is, however, a room full of free-flying butterflies, and in February and May the Insectarium releases thousands of butterflies and moths into the Jardin Botanique's main greenhouse. At varying times during the year the Insectarium brings in chefs to prepare such delicacies as deep-fried bumblebees and chocolate-dipped locusts—protein-rich treats that most adults find highly resistible. In 2018 the Insectarium may begin its Metamorphosis project, a major renovation and enlargement of the facility. The museum expects to be closed for all or much of 2018 (but schedules can change) so it's best to check their website before you visit.

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Quick Facts

4581 rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, Québec  H1X 2B2, Canada

514-872–1400

www.espacepourlavie.ca

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: C$21 (includes Jardin Botanique), Closed Mon. Nov.–mid-May

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