Frequently asked questions
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I bought a Passeport MTL or Passion Montréal package. Is it still valid for the Biodôme?
The Biodôme is not part of either of these packages for 2018.
I have an Air Miles certificate that expires on April 30, 2018. What can I do with it now that the Biodôme is closed?
You can exchange your Biodôme ticket for a ticket to the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan or the Jardin botanique and Insectarium.
I bought some tickets online (single or package tickets), and I didn’t make it to the Biodôme before it closed. What can I do with them?
A Biodôme ticket purchased online can be exchanged for a ticket to the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan or the Jardin botanique and Insectarium.
The same is true for a package bought online: the Biodôme portion can be exchanged for a ticket to the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan or the Jardin botanique and Insectarium.
I was given some guest passes for the Biodôme that I thought I’d use this summer. What can I do with them?
Your guest passes are valid until the expiry date marked on them.
I bought a package including the Biodôme, before it closed. I didn’t use the Biodôme portion. Can I keep my ticket and use it once the Biodôme reopens or exchange it?
You have two options:
- You can keep your ticket and use it once the Biodôme reopens in 2019, or
- You can exchange it for a ticket to the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan or the Jardin botanique and Insectarium and use it now.
It’s up to you!
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What should I do if I would like to work for one of the Space for Life museums?
The Biodôme, Jardin botanique, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan are municipal institutions, so Space for Life positions are posted on the city’s Web site and in Accès Montréal offices. The postings are for people who would like to be added to our list for temporary or contract positions, including summer jobs and hiring programs for students.
In general, these positions are posted from January to May. Many positions are filled from a callback list or a list of people who successfully completed an exam, and are not posted every year. Occasionally, permanent positions are advertised in newspapers. We do not follow up on unsolicited applications and e-mails, nor do we keep unsolicited résumés.
To see available jobs, visit the employment section of the city’s Web site.
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What should I do if I would like to do an internship in a Space for Life museum?
If you would like to do an unpaid internship at the Biodôme, Insectarium, Jardin botanique or Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan as part of your studies, we suggest that you send us your résumé and a description of the objectives and conditions of the internship, along with a letter specifying the topic of the internship. Each request is examined individually depending on the field, project, availability of resources, period, duration of internship, educational institution, type of position, etc.
Space for Life reserves the right to refuse any internship request without specifying a reason.
You can send us your request by e-mail, specifying in the subject header that you are seeking an internship, your field (such as education, library science, marketing, museology, etc.) and the institution where you’d like to intern (Biodôme, Insectarium, Jardin botanique or Planetarium).
Are the Jardin botanique and the Insectarium in the same building?
No, they are about 10 to 15 minutes apart on foot or 5 minutes by car.
Is it easy to travel between the museums?
It's easy to travel between the Jardin botanique, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan on foot or by car. The Insectarium is on the same site as the Jardin botanique, and the Biodôme and Planetarium are about a 10-minute walk away from the Insectarium.
When will the next "Insect Tastings" be held?
The Insectarium’s last insect tasting was held in 2005. The next edition will take place form June 15 to September 4, 2017.
Do you have any tips for organizing an insect tasting?
In Québec, there are no places where insects are sold for human consumption. However, you can find many species in pet stores (that have lizards), but it is strongly recommended to use them only for breeding (as spawners). The diet of these insects is often neglected because they are not picky eaters… Later generations can be served without concern, since you will have controlled their diet.
Since there are no producers of edible insects, people who want to practice entomophagy must breed their own insects. Our Web site includes pages about breeding domestic crickets and mealworms – darkling beetle larvae. There are also other edible species…
Furthermore, serving insects in restaurants is a delicate matter. A permit must be obtained from the Ministère de l'Agriculture des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) and certain standards must be met in order for them to be served as food.
In theory, all species of crickets, grasshoppers and some caterpillars are edible. However, some caterpillars are poisonous and may sting or taste bad. Also, crickets (especially) and grasshoppers are omnivorous, and since we can’t be sure what they last consumed, it can be inadvisable to eat them.
Edible insects are those that eat a diet of non-toxic plants. No matter which ones you choose, you should make sure that they have not eaten at least 24 hours before you eat them, so that they can empty the contents of their digestive system. Then, put them in the freezer. This is a painless way of killing them and requires no chemicals. They will also keep longer without spoiling.
Finally, it is recommended to eat only insects that you raise; this assures us of their adequate diet. You will find information about raising two edible insects here: Yellow mealworms and House crickets.
Yellow mealworms and House crickets are widely available in pet shops and are easy to breed.
Are mounted insects available for purchase?
The Insectarium does not encourage trade of mounted insects as several popular species are threatened with extinction.
Can live insects be borrowed or purchased?
The mission of the Insectarium is not to breed insects for sales and/or loans.
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What should I do if I want to apply for a horticultural internship?
The Jardin botanique only takes students from the École des Métiers de l'Horticulture as horticultural interns.
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Is it possible to buy a plant from the Jardin botanique?
Unfortunately, the Jardin botanique de Montréal does not sell its plants to the public as a rule. There are exceptions, such as the Great Gardening Weekend and special plant sales at the Garden’s boutique.
Occasionally, the Jardin botanique’s affiliated societies also organize plant sales. However, these special events are generally reserved for members.
Can I take a picnic to the Garden?
Unfortunately, the Montréal Botanical Garden’s official policy does not allow picnics on site, except in areas that are designated for meals (the meal area at the Insectarium, as well as the picnic areas situated in front of the Lion statue and at the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion). The restaurant’s patio offers outdoor tables, and you can eat a meal there brought from home.
Please note that alcoholic beverages, chairs, coolers and blankets are not authorized inside the Garden. Only alcoholic beverages purchased on site can be consumed at the Garden’s restaurant, on its patio and in the meal area of the Insectarium.
You can also start with a visit to the Garden and then enjoy a peaceful picnic at Maisonneuve Park. Afterwards, you could always come back to the Garden to continue your visit. Just let the attendant at the gate know that you’ll be coming back and he or she will stamp your hand as proof you have already paid for admission when you return. If you need to leave the Garden and use a parking lot, use the Insectarium’s lot (the second traffic light east of Pie-IX, near Maisonneuve Park).
Can I use my tripod or other photography equipment at the Jardin botanique?
Tripods and monopods cannot be used in the exhibition greenhouses or the pavilions. However, a tripod can be used in the outdoor gardens*.
You must not block visitor traffic or interfere with employees’ work. You also may not set up your tripod in certain areas (these areas are marked as areas where walking is prohibited), in areas that are off limits to visitors or flower beds. For certain exhibitions, flash may be prohibited.
* Exception: For safety reasons, tripods are not permitted in the Chinese Garden during the “Gardens of Light” event when there are a lot of visitors. Tripods will only be tolerated when there are not many visitors on site.
Are there courses or workshops on horticulture and/or botany?
The Friends of the Botanical Garden organize courses and workshops for amateurs. Visit this page for more information about courses and workshops at the Garden (french only).
Professional-level courses towards a general DEP in horticulture followed by an ASP are given by the École des Métiers de l'Horticulture (french only).
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Are the Planetarium and its theatres wheelchair-accessible?
Yes, the entire building is wheelchair-accessible. Both theatres have designated areas for wheelchairs.
Does the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan have a free section?
Yes, it is possible to visit the exhibitions for free during regular opening hours. It includes various interactive kiosks, multimedia games and projections in addition of temporary exhibitions.
Are the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan's shows appropriate for children?
The shows are designed for people 7 years of age and older. The Montréal Space for Life does not recommend bringing younger children (0 to 6 years old) as the shows can be very upsetting for a young audience due to the sound level and special effects (“vertigo” effect, storm, etc.).
Please note that, out of respect for the other visitors, anyone who cannot remain quiet during the show will be asked to leave the theatre without refund.
What is included in the price of a ticket to the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan?
Your ticket to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium includes one of our double features, the exhibition Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe and our temporary exhibitions. Allow about 2 hours to see everything. When you buy your ticket, choose the time of the first show. The shows are recommended for children ages 7 and older.
See the complete show schedule.