Day Out: Insectarium

January 18, 2016 , In: Montreal Kid Activity , With: One Comment


Montreal has so much to offer for children and we continued our adventure at the Insectarium located on the same grounds as the Olympic Park and the Biodome.  I’d always put off visiting this one as insects kind of creep me out but I took a deep breath and went to check out one of North America’s largest insect museums.

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We arrived right at 9:00am when the museum opens and were the first ones there.  We arrived early to avoid crowds and take advantage of an insect-holding workshop at 9:30.  We were disappointed to find out that the online schedule is wrong, but the museum was not busy and one of the employees offered to bring out a special insect just for us.

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It was amazing.  The insect she brought out was shaped just like a leaf.  My son was a bit scared at first but we all ended up holding it.  I’d never seen something quite like it before.

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The display area is not huge but at 9:00 on a Sunday we were nearly the only ones there and it was wonderful.  The kids were able to bop around looking at the displays and we didn’t have to worry about them getting lost or toppling other kids.

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It was such a pleasure to be able to let them walk around freely without worrying.  And they were so excited.  Most displays are at their eye level and they are very easy to understand.

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The butterflies are beautiful, some of the insects have pinchers and some look like sticks.


There’s also a short interactive movie.  Again, we were the only ones there which was so fun for the kids who could interact freely with the person narrating the film.

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The display area is not huge but the kids had a ton of fun and we were there for a good 1 1/2 hours.

Please note that unfortunately my iPhone front camera was broken at the time so all my photos had to be taken with the reversed camera which is why they are kind of terrible.  If you want to see more you’ll just have to go yourself!  And, if you are looking at these photos as an example of my lifestyle photography business… close your eyes please!

Warning, parking is a flat fee of $12…

Insectarium, 4581 rue Sherbrooke E, Montreal

Do you have any other ideas for great days out in the Montreal area or have you ever been to the Insectarium?  I’d love to know.

(Photo Credit: Permanent Display – Insectarium de Montréal (Claude Lafond), Butterfly – Insectarium de Montréal (René Limoges), Flower Beetle – Credit: Insectarium de Montréal, René Limoges)

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Michelle Little

Writer & Photographer

Originally from the prairies and now in Montreal, I love exploring new places, eating great food and modern design. I'm mom of two wild things and paper and cake make me happy. Photographing your cutie family would make me very happy.

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