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 Planétarium, the Biodome and the Botanical Gardens.
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.