Archive | The origins of the Montreal Insectarium

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The Montreal Insectarium has was North America's first museum dedicated to insects.

Montréal's new Insectarium will reopen its doors on April 13, 2022, after three years of closure for major renovations. Through our archives, discover the history of this unique museum dedicated to insects.

On February 9, 1990, at the time of the opening of the place, the program Édition magazine was interested in the first museum of North America devoted entirely to entomology.

Report by Sylvie Perron on the inauguration of the Montreal Insectarium. The newsletter is presented by Suzanne Laberge.

On site, journalist Sylvie Perron presents the Insectarium collection. The latter includes insects from all over the world arranged in an interactive way, including installations that reveal surprising data. For those who fear or hate insects, the journalist ensures that a complete tour of the exhibition allows you to reconcile with these little creatures.

The Montreal Insectarium has 350,000 insect specimens. Of this number, 250,000 come from the personal collection of Quebec entomologist Georges Brossard. It is also to this great insect enthusiast that we owe the foundation of this museum reserved for entomology.

During about ten years , the self-taught entomologist has traveled the planet in search of the most varied critters. He thus amassed the largest private collection of insects in the world, a collection which he donated to the Montreal Insectarium.

Report by Mario Masson and Francine Charron on the Montreal Insectarium and its instigator, Georges Brossard. The program is presented by Pierre Maisonneuve.

The program Découverte of November 10, 1991 paints the portrait of Georges Brossard.

With his impressive collection in his pocket, the notary turned entomologist devoted all his energy to designing a museum to the glory of insects.

“Collections like that , so beautiful, so prestigious, cannot belong to a single man. »

— Georges Brossard

By opening his collection to the general public, Georges Brossard wishes to give it an educational mission. His clear vision and contagious passion succeeded in convincing the City of Montreal to found an insectarium.

In this interview with journalist Mario Masson, Georges Brossard explains the capital importance of insects for the ecology of the planet.

“They are the most great scavengers at the service of man!

— Georges Brossard

Only 1% of insects, he explains, are considered harmful to humans. The Montreal Insectarium allows us to better understand their role and, in the eyes of its founder, to rehabilitate them.

Georges Brossard participated in all stages of the creation of the museum. He dreamed of a temple, a monument specially erected for them. A successful bet: with its playful and educational character, the Montreal Insectarium has been a great success since its opening.

Journalist Michel Rochon interviews Georges Brossard on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Insectarium.

In this interview of February 5, 2010, Georges Brossard takes stock of the 20 first years of the Montreal Insectarium with journalist Michel Rochon.

After the one in Montreal, Georges Brossard designed large-scale insectariums in Shanghai, China and New Orleans, Louisiana. They were impressed by the beauty, size and vocation of the Montreal Insectarium, he says about these international contracts.

“I network with insects! »

—Georges Brossard

Across the country, the insect enthusiast also continues to set up insectariums that fulfill a mission that is both touristic and educational. The Montreal Insectarium nevertheless remains the most charismatic in the eyes of Georges Brossard. He is the one who is the most emotional for me, he expresses in this interview.

“An insectarium, it' is related to nature, environment, ecology, conservation, science, research, culture, education! »

— Georges Brossard

In the opinion of Georges Brossard, an insectarium is a quality recreational activity that continues to generate enthusiasm over time. As proof, the Montreal Insectarium has been attracting 500,000 visitors a year for 20 years.

At the time of its 30th anniversary, in 2019, the museum temporarily closed its doors to rebuild a beauty. In the spring of 2022, visitors to the Montreal Insectarium will discover a space whose surface area will be 68% larger than before and whose collection will be in line with Georges Brossard's vision.

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