Biosphère

Things to do at the Parc

The Biosphère: a museum committed to the environment

As a museum entirely devoted to the links between society and the environment, the Biosphère's mission is to raise citizen awareness, action, and engagement on significant environmental issues in favor of the socio-ecological transition.

Housing the United States pavilion during the Expo 67 world's fair, this architectural masterpiece was designed by noted American architect Buckminster Fuller. The Biosphère is a unique and spectacular site, located in the heart of Montréal at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

This is a place where curious minds can learn about the major environmental issues of our time and explore ways to address them. A visit to the Biosphère's exhibitions and artistic installations will broaden your perspectives on the environment.

Awaken the ecocitizen slumbering inside you!

The Biosphere joins
Space for Life

Like the other Space for Life institutions, the Biosphere's mission is to bring people closer to nature and to encourage action and citizen participation in favor of a socio-ecological transition.

Covid-19

Information

Follow the recommendations of the Quebec public health and contact medical resources if you have symptoms related to Covid-19.

Since September 1st 2021

Vaccination Passport required

In order to participate in the activity, the vaccination passport is required for persons 13 years of age and over.

Last update : September 2, 2021

Schedule

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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2021 Rates

  Quebec Residents Visitors outside Quebec
4 years and under Free Free
5-17 years $8.25 $10.75
18-64 years $16.50 $21.50
65 years and over $15.50 $19.25
Student * $12.75 $15.50
Family (maximum of 2 adults and 3 children) $46.75 $59
  • * Students must present a valid student card.
  • Rates include taxes.
  • Rates shown are per person (except for family).
  • No refund.
  • Rates are shown as a guide only and are subject to change without notice.
  • The rates shown above do not include parking rates.
    • The best way to come to the Parc Jean-Drapeau: active transportation or subway!

Buy your tickets online

It is recommended that you purchase your tickets online in order to guarantee your access to the museum on your next visit.

Exhibitions

Colours of the World

Rediscover‌ ‌the‌ ‌importance‌ ‌of‌ ‌colour‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌world‌ with this outdoor‌ ‌exhibition‌ ‌of‌ ‌giant‌ ‌photographs‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌National‌ ‌Geographic‌ ‌collection.‌ ‌A‌ ‌celebration‌ ‌of‌ ‌colours‌ ‌and‌ ‌diversity‌ ‌on‌ ‌our‌ ‌extraordinary‌ ‌planet.‌

Species without borders

Learn‌ ‌about‌ ‌some‌ ‌animal‌ ‌species‌ ‌with‌ ‌"dual‌ ‌citizenship"‌ ‌that‌ ‌live‌ ‌along‌ ‌the‌ ‌Canada-US‌ ‌border.‌ ‌Find‌ ‌out‌ ‌how‌ ‌the‌ ‌two‌ ‌countries‌ ‌work‌ ‌together‌ ‌to‌ ‌protect‌ ‌them.‌

Ecolab

Channel your inner researcher and learn about environmental science in a brand new interactive lab.

Design the Future

This 360-degree immersive show about our relationship with nature will take you on a sensory experience and get you thinking.

+ 1°C : What difference does it make?

Scientists demystify issues related to global warming—especially its effects on human health.

This is not an Umbrella

Discover the many facets of the weather and how they relate to planetary phenomena.

Planet MTL

Become the mayor of Montréal! Using an interactive model, tackle the challenges of this urban ecosystem.

Closed: room under renovation

Habitats 2067

What design principles make a neighborhood a great place to live? Find sources of inspiration and imagine the city of tomorrow.

MTL+

Architects share their vision for the future of Montréal by taking a new look at some of the city's major infrastructure. Each project is a plus for society and a plus for the environment.

Spaceship Earth

All aboard! Jump into the world of Buckminster Fuller. A fascinating man, at the forefront of environmental thinking, and the daring inventor behind the Biosphère's dome.

Echo 67

Witness the environmental and cultural legacy of Expo 67. Pictures,‌ stories, anecdotes‌ ‌and‌ ‌artifacts‌ from‌ ‌Expo‌ ‌67‌ ‌will‌ ‌make‌ ‌older‌ visitors‌ ‌nostalgic‌ ‌and‌ ‌hopefully inspire‌ ‌younger‌ ‌ones.‌

Artistic installations

Indoor Garden

Combine relaxation with discovery at the Biosphère's indoor garden, which features a pond, a peat bog and a forest.

Four Seasons Living Wall

Take the time to admire the huge living tableau of plants and understand the functioning of this innovative wall, inspired by the four seasons.

Illuminating the Biosphère

As soon as the sun sets, admire the effect of multicoloured lights play across the Biosphère's geodesic dome. This light show, inspired by the links between society and the environment, is at once an ode to the planet, to nature and to human invention.

Green roofs

The green roofs installed under the Biosphère's geodesic dome are an opportunity to learn more about green housing technologies and urban beehives.

Panoramic belvedere

Head to the Biosphère's lookout for breathtaking views of green roofs, downtown Montréal, the Saint Lawrence River and the surroundings.

Please note that the lookout is not accessible in winter and in bad weather conditions.

Explore on your own

BioKits

Developed by the Biosphere, Environment Museum and its partners, the BioKits will allow you to learn more about the environment, wildlife and plant life on your next outings. The BioKit also has some fun and educational activities for you to enjoy.

There are BioKits specific to the Montreal areas and also for many regions and cities of the country, as well as for the Trans-Canada Trail!

Photo credits

Here is the credit for the photos displayed on this page.

Mélanie Dusseault, Espace pour la vie 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

La Biosphère, Musée de l'environnement (ECCC) 1 2 3 4

Learn more

To obtain more details concerning the exhibitions, the activities or for any request for information, do not hesitate to contact the Biosphere staff.

Getting to Biosphère, Environment Museum

To make it easier to get around, here is the exact location of the Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau posted on Google Maps.

Jean-Drapeau Subway Station

The Jean-Drapeau subway station is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, in the heart of Parc Jean-Drapeau. To get to the Parc easily and quickly, the subway is still the best way to go!

Subway schedule
STM promotions

River shuttle

During the summer season, Parc Jean-Drapeau visitors can use the river shuttle as a means of transportation, from the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Jacques-Cartier pier) and the city of Longueuil.

Users can also bring along their bikes and they have access to a network of cycling paths at each stop.

Covid-19 - The river shuttle service will not be operational for the 2021 summer season.

Schedule and rates
Location of the landing spot at the Parc

STM shuttle

Two STM shuttles provide a connection between the Jean-Drapeau subway station and various attractions.

767

During the summer season, the 767 shuttle stops at Jean-Doré Beach and the La Ronde amusement park.

777

Every day of the year, the 777 shuttle provides fast access to the Casino de Montréal.

Routes and schedules

Bike and BIXI

Several sectors of Parc Jean-Drapeau are part of the Great Trail and the Route verte. The Parc is one of the few places where you can cross the Saint Lawrence River on your bike.

Furthermore, a network of multiuse trails run along île Sainte-Hélène, providing a link-up to the various access routes to the facilities, installations and services.

From Montréal: take the Lachine Canal bike path, near the Vieux-Port de Montréal, or the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose Path.

From the South Shore: take the Bike Link or the Jacques Cartier Bridge multipurpose Path.

BIXI

There are many BIXI stations at the Parc during the summer season.

Walking

People can enjoy many of the cycling paths to get to or pass through the Parc Jean-Drapeau, either running or walking.

With more than 25 kilometres of trails and pathways, the Parc is a pleasant spot for hiking, all year round.

Parking

Motorists can get to Parc Jean-Drapeau by taking the Jacques Cartier Bridge or the Concorde Bridge.

Nearby parking areas: P10, P11

Rates and parking areas

Taxibus service

You can reserve a taxi for your travels at the Parc by using a valid STM transport fare (ticket or OPUS card).

Schedule

September 3 to June 23
Monday to Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • The service is not offered on statutory holidays

Reservation

You need to reserve 45-to-60 minutes beforehand whenever you want to use this service : 514 273-6331 or online form

Taxibus stops

Métro Jean-Drapeau, Athletes' Quarters, La Ronde, Stewart Museum, Espace Paddock, Pavillon du Canada, Pavillon des Services and Pavillon de la Tunisie.

  • Subway
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  • Walking
  • Parking