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Biodôme - Special measures
  • Biodôme - Special measures
  • Jardin Botanique - special measures
  • Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan - Reopening

NOTE TO VISITORS

The Biodôme, the Jardin botanique and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan 
are now open every day. 

Note that purchasing fixed-time tickets online is highly recommended.
Read about the health measures in place before visiting us.

Overview of the situation

In accordance with guidelines issued by the Direction nationale de la santé publique, the Montréal Space for Life museums have the green light to open since February 8 2021.

Until your next visit, we invite you to take a loot at our online content.

Jardin botanique

  • Self-guided visits of the greenhouses with a fixed-time ticket, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Access to the greenhouses and pavilions is not guaranteed as the number of people that can be allowed in is less than for the outdoor gardens.
  • Paid access of the outdoor gardens since May 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. 400 visitors per 30 minutes are allowed.

Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan

Double feature, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., from Sunday to Wednesday and fom 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 

Biodôme

Self-guided visit of the ecosystems with a fixed-time ticket, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.

Insectarium

Temporarily closed for renovations. Reopening scheduled for 2021.

Health measures in place

We’ve put a number of health measures in place so that all our spaces comply rigorously with the protocol established by the public health department.

To help you properly prepare your visit in the current context, we ask you to take note of the following information.

BEFORE LEAVING

In our concern to ensure a pleasant and safe visit for all, Space for Life appeals to everyone’s sense of civic responsibility and asks you not to visit the premises if:

  • you have symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose (unknown reason)
  • you have difficulty breathing
  • you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

On site

  • You will have to respect a distance of 1 meter from people who aren't part of your "social bubble".
  • Wearing of a mask is mandatory indoors for people aged 10 and over. Its wearing is strongly recommended for children under 10 years old.

Tips for visiting the Jardin botanique's outdoor gardens

  • Breathing in some fresh air at the Jardin botanique de Montréal is like going to a museum!
  • In order to protect the precious collections of plants and shrubs, it is prohibited to:
    • Touch plants or climb trees;
    • Walk a pet.
  • Help us preserve this jewel by staying on the walking trails or the paved path (for jogging).

Icônes - Mesures spéciales

  1. Stay on the walking trails.
  2. Snowshoeing is prohibited.
  3. Sliding is prohibited. The use of sleds is only allowed on the main trail.
  4. Climbing on rocks, works of art and buildings is prohibited.
  5. Tree climbing is prohibited.
  6. Pets are not welcomed at the Jardin botanique.
  7. Biking is prohibited.
  8. Do not venture out on the lakes.

What is your reception capacity?
Due to current health regulations, our reception capacity is reduced to 50 people per screening at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. The capacity is limited to 60 people per half hour for the Jardin botanique's greenhouses. However, this rule does not apply to the Jardin botanique's outdoor gardens, where up to 400 people can be admitted per half hour. The Biodôme welcomes visitors at a rate of 150 people per half-hourly departure. The Insectarium is closed for renovations (reopening scheduled in fall 2021).

Given that the reception capacity is reduced, does this mean that we have to finish our visit in 30 minutes?
Visitor admission is staggered at 30-minute intervals so that crowds don't end up forming in any of the ecosystems. At the Biodôme, as at the other Espace pour la vie museums, the length of time people stay varies with their level of interest. We recommend you allow between an hour and an hour and a half for your Biodôme visit.

Do I have to book my ticket online to access the museums?
Yes, the purchase of fixed-time tickets is highly recommended.

I am a member of a Montréal Space for Life museum friend society, do I need to book my ticket online to access the museums?
Members of friend societies can access the museums without a reservation, depending on availability.

I have a valid Accès Montréal card, do I have to book my ticket online to access the museums?
Holders of a valid Accès Montréal card can access the museums without a reservation, depending on availability.

Is wearing a face mask mandatory for visitors?
Wearing of a mask is mandatory indoors for people aged 10 and over. Its wearing is strongly recommended for children under 10 years old.

Is it possible to make a group reservation?
Group bookings are available for the Jardin botanique's outdoor gardens only (self-guided tours). At the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, it is possible for school class to reserve the entire theater.

Are the shops and restaurants / snack bars open?
All museums' shops are open. At the Jardin botanique, the Café terrasse, the Milk bar and the Bar Terrasse of the restaurant are open. Biodôme's restaurant is also open, whereas the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan's restaurant remains closed. Consult our business hours here.

Is the Jardin botanique's library open?
Yes, the Jardin botanique’s library is open since February 11.

Please consult the library's website for the current temporary schedule and access conditions.

Note that the slide library and on-site access to the archives remain closed but we respond to requests for specific or urgent needs via the form available on the website.

Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens

Do I have to book my ticket online to access the Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens?
Yes, a ticket is needed since May 1. Please respect the measures in place.

I have an Early Bird card for the Jardin botanique, can I now enter the site in the morning?
Holders of the Early Bird card are able to have their subscription extended to enjoy access starting at 6:00 in the morning since May 1.

What activities can I carry out on the Jardin botanique's outdoor site?
Walking, bird watching and cross-country skiing if snow cover allows. Please stay on the open pathways. Snowshoeing is prohibited everywhere in the Jardin botanique.

Do I have to wear a mask in the Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens?
Wearing a mask is recommended in the Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens for people 10 years of age and older. It is mandatory for visitors to wear it if they are accompanied within 1 meter of a person who is not part of their "social bubble".

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