Biosphere
Speciality MuseumsScience MuseumsArt Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of Montréal’s iconic architectural landmarks since Expo 67, the Biosphère’s geodesic dome is the most widely recognized architectural work by the famous Richard Buckminster Fuller. Erected in the heart of Jean-Drapeau Park, a true natural oasis, it offers breathtaking views of downtown Montréal and the St. Lawrence River. This museum dedicated to the environment explores major contemporary issues through art, science, and citizen action. Exhibitions, art installations, immersive experiences and films invite visitors to linger in reflection. A historical site focused on the future!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jason Sun
    Ithaca, New York24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spherical city
    The steel net grabbed my attention. The exhibition was great with a lot of educational purposes about the protection of the environment. I think this museum is more for kids than adults. One thing that can be improved is the access on the top of the building, where some parts are closed due to the malfunction of the stairways, but great experience overall.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Helen B
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Biosphere/Biosphère
    The Biosphere structure is nice and the people at the entrance helpful. First part is like a testlab and very interesting for children and adults. It explains with a questionnaire all toxics and bacteria the impact on peoples health and environment etc. Next room is about snow geese also nice and interesting. Third room is about an artist who well known and creates his art with the help off spray paint. I don’t mind his art but totally do not get it that his art is included in the Biosphere and environmental museum. I don’t understand the promotion of an anti environmental way of art at this place.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • TripGoer
    Washington DC, District of Columbia9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs a good curator.
    The Biosphere is located in a large, lovely park with walking and bike trails. You can see the structure from the ground level without entering the museum. The acrylic covering burned off years ago; just the done itself and interior buildings exist. The museum itself could use a good curator; it’s a massive waste of space with on-the-nose environmental messaging and elementary science concepts. Was hoping to learn more about the biosphere project (and others like it), but most of this is in the ground level lobby. You are able to climb to third floor and take pictures of the city skyline (obscured by the dome, of course) but it is not at all worth the steep price of admission.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • TheMahdi
    Boracay, Philippines164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a Major Destination but Go if You Have Extra Time
    Its an archtectural landmark with a beautiful view to sunset while facing the Montreal City. It has direct access via City Metro. Though we arrived late in the afternoon and the bulding which i think consist of museum or gallery like place was closed but the vicinity itself was beautiful. I suggest you to use the Metro since in the winter not all buses in Montreal function. We went to bus stop and waited for bus #777 which didnt show up. Later as we asked the locals they say if a bus route doesnt have passengers along the way either they reschedule the bus hours or just cancel their trip and that happen to us qhen we wanted to ride bus #777. It has very cold breezy nights so cover up well and wear your cloths accordingly. Since its an open area and windy the tempreture is lower than the city.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Moefry
    New York17 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not particularly engaging
    The exhibits were rather limited and maybe even more curtailed than normal due to weather and the changeover of an exhibit on another floor. The one staffer heading up a craft or some sort of engagement opportunity in the hallway did not bother to look up from her phone on the couple of occasions I or my children walked by, and it was pretty dead - we were the only ones there for a while. Did we confuse this for the Biodome? Possibly. Was just hoping for a bit for than 30-40 mins tops of time spent.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2024
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Moefry
New York17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The exhibits were rather limited and maybe even more curtailed than normal due to weather and the changeover of an exhibit on another floor. The one staffer heading up a craft or some sort of engagement opportunity in the hallway did not bother to look up from her phone on the couple of occasions I or my children walked by, and it was pretty dead - we were the only ones there for a while. Did we confuse this for the Biodome? Possibly. Was just hoping for a bit for than 30-40 mins tops of time spent.
Written April 4, 2024
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Tracyanne H
Oakland, NJ11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Not sure why they advertise as a Biosphere, it is just a small art collection with a few plants. I guess they are trying to focus on recycling and the harmful effects of chemicals, yet they have a whole section on an artist that uses spray paint. Don't waste your money or time on this. Maybe walking the grounds is nice in the warm weather but we found it to be hard to follow what they were trying to accomplish here.
Written January 30, 2024
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TheMahdi
Boracay, Philippines164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Its an archtectural landmark with a beautiful view to sunset while facing the Montreal City.
It has direct access via City Metro.
Though we arrived late in the afternoon and the bulding which i think consist of museum or gallery like place was closed but the vicinity itself was beautiful.

I suggest you to use the Metro since in the winter not all buses in Montreal function.

We went to bus stop and waited for bus #777 which didnt show up.
Later as we asked the locals they say if a bus route doesnt have passengers along the way either they reschedule the bus hours or just cancel their trip and that happen to us qhen we wanted to ride bus #777.

It has very cold breezy nights so cover up well and wear your cloths accordingly. Since its an open area and windy the tempreture is lower than the city.
Written December 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TripGoer
Washington DC, DC9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Biosphere is located in a large, lovely park with walking and bike trails. You can see the structure from the ground level without entering the museum. The acrylic covering burned off years ago; just the done itself and interior buildings exist. The museum itself could use a good curator; it’s a massive waste of space with on-the-nose environmental messaging and elementary science concepts. Was hoping to learn more about the biosphere project (and others like it), but most of this is in the ground level lobby. You are able to climb to third floor and take pictures of the city skyline (obscured by the dome, of course) but it is not at all worth the steep price of admission.
Written August 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Helen B
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Biosphere structure is nice and the people at the entrance helpful. First part is like a testlab and very interesting for children and adults. It explains with a questionnaire all toxics and bacteria the impact on peoples health and environment etc. Next room is about snow geese also nice and interesting. Third room is about an artist who well known and creates his art with the help off spray paint. I don’t mind his art but totally do not get it that his art is included in the Biosphere and environmental museum. I don’t understand the promotion of an anti environmental way of art at this place.
Written August 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jason Sun
Ithaca, NY24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The steel net grabbed my attention. The exhibition was great with a lot of educational purposes about the protection of the environment. I think this museum is more for kids than adults. One thing that can be improved is the access on the top of the building, where some parts are closed due to the malfunction of the stairways, but great experience overall.
Written July 14, 2023
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Lynne1153
Edinburgh, UK886 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited here as a family of 4 and it was “ok”. We were glad we had used our museum pass to enter as we stayed less than an hour so would have been disappointed if we had spent over $60 for a family ticket. The layout was a bit confusing and just wasn’t for us.
Written July 9, 2023
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Marissa
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The architecture of the building is impressive. Unfortunately the museum is very small, so there is not much to see or learn for an adult. Great for kids to learn something about pollution.
Written July 4, 2023
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LouiseeDM
Melbourne, Australia25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Extremely small and underwhelming museum. This was definitely overhyped on their website. They had an indoor garden area with a pond which essentially looked like a puddle and not really any interesting info. I think I spent about 20 mins here wandering around trying to find an interesting exhibit. I wouldn’t waste my time or money, especially as I had to wait for the ferry to and from the museum.
Written June 26, 2023
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ABtourist
Edmonton, Canada81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The description on the website and Tourism Quebec and Montreal website over sold what was actual there. We expected more.
Written June 20, 2023
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