Montreal's Insectarium to close temporarily for $36 million makeover

Feb 22 2019, 3:06 pm

Montrealers itching to get a fix of creepy crawlers best get moving to the Insectarium before March 11, when it closes for a two-year renovation.

Located on the grounds of the Montreal Botanical Gardens, the Insectarium will reopen in the summer of 2021 after the completion of a project fitting called, Métamorphose.

Montreal’s Biodome is also undergoing an extensive facelift and is slated to open to the public again in 2019.

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The $36-million facelift is the latest phase in the modernization of all the museums under Montreal’s Espace for la vie network, which includes the PlanĂ©tarium, the Biodome and the Botanical Gardens.

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Espace pour la vie officials say the project will make the insect museum “68% larger.” The new facility will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a series of different insect-inspired habitats, including a vivarium where visitors will be able to observe butterflies throughout the year.

The new Insectarium is expected to generate additional annual revenues of $4.3 million coming from 475,000 annual visitors.

The Insectarium originally opened in 1990.