Montreal’s quintessential family destination, the Biodôme is an oasis in the heart of the city that recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas:
- The lush and humid Tropical Rainforest, warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter;
- The Laurentian Maple Forest, changing with the seasons;
- The Gulf of St. Lawrence;
- And the Subpolar Regions of the Americas: Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands.
The Biodôme, whose name means “house of life,” shows visitors the “true nature” of the Americas, by offering up their loveliest and most amazing ecosystems.
The Biodôme is part of a group of nature-driven destinations called “Space for Life” (Espace pour la vie) that includes the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium and the Planetarium. More information.
4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Montreal, QC H1V 1B3 (View on map)
Phone: (514) 868-3000
Nearest Metro Station: Viau (3 minutes walk)
The Biodôme is open all day, 7 days a week. Opening hours vary slightly according to seasons; see the full schedule to plan accordingly.
- Adults: $18.75
- Ages 65+: $17.50
- Students (18+ with card): $14.00
- Ages 5 to 17: $9.50
- Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): $52.50
- Free for children under 5.
You can buy tickets online.
Space for Life museums are included in the Montreal Museum Pass, which offers free access to 27 Montreal museums and public transportation for a three day period. Details.
The Friends of the Biodôme membership offers unlimited visits to the Biodôme, a 15% discount at the gift shop, the bistro and the cafeteria, free cloakroom, special activities, and free access to the Jardin Botanique and the Insectarium during the month of June.
Rates per year:
- Individual: $35
- Ages 65+: $25
- Students (18+): $15
- Children ages 5 to 17: $15
The Biodôme’s audioguide includes three different tours for everyone from 7 to 77 years old, available in French, English or Spanish. It’s a great way to learn more about the Biodôme’s five ecosystems, the animals and habitats visitors will encounter along the way.
- Adults: $4
- Family (2 adults, 3 children): $10
There are no guided tours of the Biodôme.
The Biodôme’s gift shop, located near the exit, offers a selection of nature-themed items, some of them exclusive, many of which are made in Québec. Gift ideas include: educational toys, stuffed toys, animal posters, photos and figurines, jewelry, clothing and astronomy accessories.
- Phone: (514) 868-3068
- Opening Hours:
March 4 to June 21, 2013: 7 days a week, 9:30am to 5:30pm
June 22 to September 2, 2013: 7 days a week, 9:30am to 6:30pm
September 3 to December 31, 2013: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5:30pm
Gift cards, redeemable in any of the Space for Life shops, can also be bought at the Biodôme’s gift shop.
- World Oceans Day (June 8-9, 2013)
- Penguin Feeding Time (guided activity, daily at 2:45pm)
- Day camps
- Educational activities
- See the full activities calendar
- Café Vienne Cafeteria
This large, self-service cafeteria offers a variety of light meals like soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Open for lunch only.
- Café Vienne Bistro
Located near the Biodôme entrance, this dining area offers quick snacks (muffins, coffee, fruit juices and sweets). Open all day.
Visitors can also bring their own picnic and enjoy it at one of the many designated indoor or outdoor dining areas.