About us

Come visit us with your kids or friends to explore the world of insects!

The Ottawa Insectarium is an unique visitor attraction/museum dedicated to the
education and preservation of insects. Through its cultural and scientific approach, we
present our entomological collections to the public and share our knowledge and
research findings in entomology and environmental science. Not to be missed too, is the
opportunity to view and interact with live insects such as tarantulas, scorpions, praying
mantis, stick insects, millipedes, butterflies, etc. We hope to increase the appreciation of
insect life and invertebrate habitat; emphasize the need for conservation and an
awareness to protect the environment in which insects live.

The Insectarium will house many specimens of insects and arachnids from every corner
of the world. It’s a great place to visit for any nature lover. It has been operating as a
pilot-project visiting schools in the local area and has now opened a dedicated facility at
71 Sparks Street, right in the heart of Ottawa, near the Parliament Buildings.
It’s an educational facility where students and educators can visit, explore and gain an
appreciation for our planet's most numerous inhabitants. It’s a world of small animals
but you’re sure to have a big adventure. We also offer a wide range of gifts and
souvenirs related to the Insect Kingdom.

It’s a small world we live in, let’s take care of it together.

You’ll have memories to last a lifetime.

Come and visit us soon!

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Insect facts

Faster than the speed of Moth

The Hawk moth (Sphinx) is the worlds fastest flying insect attaining speed of over 50 kph. They have been spotted in Newfoundland but hard to catch at that speed.

Stag-gering Jaws

The stag beetle's name refers to any species of beetle in which the jaws (mandibles) look like a stag’s antlers. There are about 900 different species of stag beetles in the world.

Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Our lovable Wooly Bear caterpillar may be hiding something, they actually turn into......the Isabella Tiger Moth

Not very Lady-like

When ladybugs (aka Ladybirds) are scared or startled they release a foul-smelling fluid from their knees. Stinky and sticky, it helps them escape to safety.

Visitor information

We are housed on the historic Sparks Street pedestrian mall in Ottawa Ontario.

OC Transpo will drop you on Elgin or Wellington just moments away by taking any of the following routes: 1, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 14.(http://plan.octranspo.com). There are several parking lots in the local vicinity, please check this site for more details and to see the status: http://www.bestparking.com/

We do not have a cafe in the Insectarium but we are close to great food and drink on Sparks St. and Elgin St. Here are a few links to help you plan your visit:

Our Location:

Ottawa Insectarium
71 Sparks St.
Ottawa Ontario
K1P 5A5

Telephone: (613) 899-6604
E-mail: insectarium@icloud.com

  • Summer hours: May-September
  • Monday-Friday
  • 10:30 am -7:00 pm
  • Saturday
  • 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm
  • Sunday
  • 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Fall hours: October-December
  • Monday-Friday
  • 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday
  • 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday
  • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Winter hours: January-April
  • Monday: Closed (Available for group bookings)
  • Tuesday-Friday
  • 11:00am-4:30pm
  • Saturday
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Additional activities

  • Going into hybernation

    The Ottawa Insectarium is sad to announce that along with our six and eight legged…

  • Cultural Entomology

    What is cultural entomology? Cultural entomology studies the connection and influence insects have with humanity:…

Be sure to keep an eye on our upcoming events. We will be hosting some wonderful programs and events over the summer and into the school year. We will have all the details here but for up to the moment interactive info please connect with us on social media.
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