Montreal Insectarium

The Montreal Insectarium (French: Insectarium de Montréal) is a natural history museum located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, featuring a large quantity of insects from all around the world. It is the largest insect museum in North America and among the largest insectariums worldwide.[1] It was founded by Georges Brossard and opened on February 7, 1990. Its average attendance is 400,000 visitors per year. It displays both live and dead insect collections, from butterflies to bees and ants.

Montreal Insectarium
Insectarium de Montréal
Montreal Insectarium
Date openedFebruary 7, 1990
Location4581, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H1X 2B2
Coordinates45°33′39″N 73°33′28″W
No. of animals160,000[1]
No. of species95[2]
Annual visitors695,404 (2011) including Montreal Botanical Garden[3]
MembershipsCMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada
Public transit access Pie-IX

It is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, along with the Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal Planetarium and the Montreal Biodome.

Seen from the sky, the Montréal Insectarium resembles a stylized insect. This can also be seen from the observatory of Montréal's Olympic Stadium.


The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

Closed for renovations

The Montreal Insectarium is closed for about two years for renovations from March 11, 2019.[4] The renovated museum is expected to be 68% larger, and have new architecture.[4]


See also


  1. "About the Insectarium". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  2. "Live Collection".
  3. "Bilan 2011" (PDF). Tourisme Montréal. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. Carpenter, Phil (21 February 2019). "Montreal Insectarium to close for makeover". Global News. Global Television Network. Retrieved 2019-03-10.

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