February is a short month, so it’s going to be a short post. This post was originally going to be combined with another, but then I felt it was unfair to not highlight each place, so I decided to split them apart. Next up in Montreal…
Insectarium de Montréal, located in Montreal, Quebec
The Insectarium de Montréal is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm, and is closed on Mondays. Admission to the Insectarium is 20.50 CAD, which is approximately 16USD, but it also includes the admission to the Montreal Botanical Garden. The Montreal Insectarium is part of the Space for Life, which means that there are a variety of packages that visitors can choose from to visit one, two or all of the museums. The Montreal Insectarium is also included in the Montreal Museum Pass, so consider that option if you plan to visit Montreal for at least three days and there are other museums that are of interest. The Insectarium can be reached by walking, driving or taking public transportation. If you are already near the Space for Life complex, than walking is a really good option, but if you are further away, say downtown Montreal, then look for a different option to get there as it’s quite a long walk. If you plan to drive, note that there is parking available, but it costs 12CAD a day, however you are allowed to park in any of the lots available at the Space for Life complex. It public transportation is your choice, both the Montreal metro and bus will get you to the Insectarium de Montréal, so check out the Montreal transportation website for more information. Visit the other museums at the Space for Life complex to make it a fun day out.
The Insectarium de Montréal is located in a small building that consists of the first floor and the basement. All displays have explanations in both English and French, so most visitors will be able to understand the information. The insectarium contains two exhibits, “We Are the Insects” and “Atta Ants”. “We Are the Insects” is the bigger of the two, and takes up part of the first floor and the whole basement level. (It’s very befitting to use the basement since bugs are typically found underground.) The first floor section of the exhibit gives a brief overview on insects, such as the characteristics of an insect, and how insects are classified and named. Descending into the basement level, visitors can learn about the different habitats that insects can live in, when the various insects are active, the wide range of food that bugs dine on, the arsenal of self-defense mechanisms that bugs use to survive, the seduction techniques that bugs employ to reproduce future generations, and the organizations around the world that are working to protect insects. The Insectarium also has a short film playing in the basement level, however the film was in French, so I didn’t see it, thus I’m unsure as to how long it is or what the film is about. The second exhibit “Atta Ants” focuses ants and their social organization. (I didn’t spend too long as I’m not the biggest fan of ants, I was worried some might crawl on me.)
My usual travel buddy and I spent about 30 minutes at the Insectarium de Montréal, but we did skip the film and aren’t the biggest fans of bugs, so it might take another 15-30 minutes to go through thoroughly. However, as always, others’ visit times will vary depending on their interest in the subject. Admission to the Montreal Insectarium seems expensive at first, but don’t forget that it includes admission to the Montreal Botanical Garden, so it’s pretty decently priced. People who like bugs will definitely want to visit as you are surrounded by bugs in all directions. The insectarium is a good family day trip idea as it has some fun displays that are geared toward children and some that are more informational for the adults. Bugs are all around us, but often we don’t pay enough attention to them except to note what an annoyance they are, so why not take the time to learn more at the Insectarium de Montréal.