The Montr?al Insectarium is a museum located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, featuring a large quantity of insects from all around the world. It is the largest North American insectarium and among the largest insectariums worldwide.
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.
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 Montr?al Insectarium resembles a stylized insect. This can also be seen from the observatory of Montr?al's Olympic Stadium.
The Insectarium aims first and foremost to awaken visitors to the wonders of the insect world, and to explain how insects play an essential part in ensuring the Earth?s ecological balance. Along with its educational mission, the Insectarium also plays important cultural and scientific roles.