MONTREAL, Jan. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting January 4, the Montréal Insectarium will be embarking on a complete facelift to its
permanent exhibition for the first time in twenty years. The insect
museum will be closed to the general public for the duration of the
work, until early summer 2011.
The new exhibition We Are the Insects is a $1.2 million project on the cutting edge of entomological
knowledge, looking inside the world of insects. Why are there so many
of them? Where do they live? How are they so important to humans? What
can we do to protect them? Visitors of all ages will find answers to
these questions as they explore the surprising, often unknown world of
insects, and come away with a whole new perspective on this fascinating
Butterflies Go Free at the Botanical Garden
While waiting for the new permanent exhibition to open at the
Insectarium, the 14th edition of Butterflies Go Free will be taking
wing from February 17 to April 25, 2011 in the Botanical Garden's Main Exhibition Greenhouse. This year's theme is courtship, and visitors will get a chance to
explore the intimate lives of butterflies. Butterflies pull out all the
stops when it comes to courting a mate: from splendid colours to heady
odours and suggestive dances! But underneath all these charms are all
kinds of complex behaviours developed over millennia to ensure the
survival of fragile species in the environment.
The Montréal Insectarium
For nearly 21 years, the Montréal Insectarium has made a name for itself
for its permanent and temporary exhibitions, its educational activities
and its entomological expertise. The insect museum also boasts one of
the largest entomological collections in Quebec: a scientific
collection of 144,000 specimens and an educational collection with
25,000 specimens. Since it opened in 1990, the Insectarium has had
about 350,000 visitors every year.
The renewal of the exhibition of its entomological collections is being
made possible by a financial contribution from the Ministère de la
Culture, des Communications et de la Condition feminine, under its
program to support permanent exhibitions.
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Montréal's Nature Museums - the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden
and Planetarium - helping people enjoy nature to the fullest.
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