A brand-new pollinator garden at the Montréal Insectarium


The start of the summer season this year coincides with the inauguration of the Montréal Insectarium’s Pollinator Garden, and Espace pour la vie invites visitors to discover temporary art installations that are sure to pique their curiosity!

From June 22 to July 3, miniature installations showcasing pollinating insects in a zany way, and a giant flower that puts humans on the scale of these insects will perk up this new space accessible free of charge.

Moreover, while the plants quietly make themselves at home in the Pollinator Garden throughout the summer, scientific animators will accompany visitors in their discoveries. Discoveries that may well encourage people to do more for these invaluable pollinators!

This immersive inauguration is the first of four events that will unfold during the coming year to celebrate and value insects in various ways: artistic, gourmet, scientific, etc.

Montréal Space for Life – Insectarium

This first museum in North America where you can get up close to living insects as they move around freely is an opportunity to immerse yourself in their habitat. Come and admire these tiny fascinating creatures, including many species of butterflies flying free!

4581, rue Sherbrooke E., Montréal
Montréal Space for Life - Insectarium


BZZZZZZ! is a work created by Castor et Pollux, an urban landscape design agency, which evokes the stamens and pistils of flowers that insects land on to feed on nectar, thus carrying pollen from one plant to another. Inspired by the red cohosh (Actea rubra), a plant native to Quebec, the ephemeral work is made of natural materials (bamboo, cotton, wicker and wood). 1.8 to 3 meters tall, this giant installation enables humans to experience a change of scale and gets them a little closer to the perspective of pollinating insects.

Mini-Scenes from Daily Life

Quebec artist Alexis Johnston-Benamou has developed eight miniature sets featuring pollinating insects from Quebec transposed into the world of humans: a longhorned beetle sitting at a buffet, an Admiral butterfly getting a makeover, etc. Through the artist’s zany imagination, the natural behaviours of insects (pollination, reproduction, etc.) instantly become more familiar to humans.

Take part in the Biodiversity Challenge

Espace pour la vie invites visitors to take advantage of their visit to the Pollinator Garden to participate in the Biodiversity Challenge. How? By taking one or more photos of nature that they can then share with other nature lovers.

The new Insectarium

The Insectarium is the first museum in North America where it will be possible to observe so many species of insects—living (some of them roaming freely) and naturalized—in a single location. It invites future visitors to enjoy extraordinary encounters with insects. The museum team offers an immersive and educational experience designed to transform the relationship that humans have with insects and to trigger in them an appreciation of insects, which is consciously referred to as “entomophilia”* at the Insectarium.

Design of the Pollinator Garden: atelier le balto (Berlin, Germany): Landscape architecture


To experience the new Insectarium you must book a set time at the time of buying your tickets.
Tickets and Espace pour la vie Passport on sale here.

About Espace pour la vie

Espace pour la vie is made up of five major attractions: the Biodôme, the Biosphère, the Insectarium, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These prestigious municipal institutions form Canada’s largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, encouraging all of us to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.