Montreal Insectarium

The Montreal Insectarium (Insectarium de Montréal) is the largest insectarium in North American and one of the largest in the whole world.

In addition to the displays of dead insect collections, there area also many insects that live and thrive in this museum.

In an average year, roughly 400,000 people visit the insectarium in Montreal.

Permanent exhibitions

Two permanent exhibitions at the insectarium are “We are the insects” and “Atta Ants”.

We are the insects includes a wide range of insects from around the world, including many live ones that have this exhibition as their home.

Atta Ants is about leafcutter ants of the genus Atta, who live in the insectarium and carry out their natural behaviours here – including cutting up leaves and carrying the pieces back to their colony where they use the leaves to cultivate a fungus upon which they feed. Yes, that is right, the leafcutter ants are very small farmers who grow their own food.

Butterflies Go Free

Butterflies Go Free is a temporary event, running from late February to the end of April. During this period, butterflies from the insectarium fly free in the main exhibition greenhouse of Montreal’s Botanical Garden, which is filled with flowers that they love. Roughly 50 different species of butterfly are represented among the over 1,500 individual butterflies that are included in Butterflies Go Free. As a visitor, you can enjoy being right there with the butterflies – they can even land on you if they want to.

Playing outdoors

Within the insectarium you’ll find the BuzzGRound, a discovery space for kids and their families.

  • The Discovery Zone is a small prairie-inspired landscape with a pond inhabited by various wildlife.
  • The Fun Zone offers insect-themed games for the ages 1-5 years and 6-12 years. 

There is also an adjacent picnics area.

Where is it?

The Montreal Insectarium is located in Maisonneuve Park, in the borough Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Address

4581, Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H1X 2B2

Coordinates

45°33′39″N 73°33′28″W

Public transportation access

Two Montreal Metro stations are located near the Insectarium: Pie-IX station and Viau station. Both are on the Green Line.

The science museum complex

The Montreal Insectarium is one of a group of facilities that together form Space for Life ( Espace pour la vie ), Canada’s largest natural science museum complex.

The Montreal Insectarium and Montreal Botanical Garden are both located in Maisonneuve Park, while The Montreal Biodome and The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium are situated in the adjacent Olympic Park.