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FAQ - Space for Life

What should I do if I would like to work for one of the Space for Life museums?

The Biodôme, Jardin botanique, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan are municipal institutions, so Space for Life positions are posted on the city’s Web site and in Accès Montréal offices. The postings are for people who would like to be added to our list for temporary or contract positions, including summer jobs and hiring programs for students.

In general, these positions are posted from January to May. Many positions are filled from a callback list or a list of people who successfully completed an exam, and are not posted every year. Occasionally, permanent positions are advertised in newspapers. We do not follow up on unsolicited applications and e-mails, nor do we keep unsolicited résumés.

To see available jobs, visit the employment section of the city’s Web site.

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What should I do if I would like to do an internship in a Space for Life museum?

If you would like to do an unpaid internship at the Biodôme, Insectarium, Jardin botanique or Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan as part of your studies, we suggest that you send us your résumé and a description of the objectives and conditions of the internship, along with a letter specifying the topic of the internship. Each request is examined individually depending on the field, project, availability of resources, period, duration of internship, educational institution, type of position, etc.

Space for Life reserves the right to refuse any internship request without specifying a reason.

You can send us your request by e-mail, specifying in the subject header that you are seeking an internship, your field (such as education, library science, marketing, museology, etc.) and the institution where you’d like to intern (Biodôme, Insectarium, Jardin botanique or Planetarium).

Are the Jardin botanique and the Insectarium in the same building?

No, they are about 10 to 15 minutes apart on foot or 5 minutes by car.

Is it easy to travel between the museums?

It's easy to travel between the Jardin botanique, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan on foot or by car. The Insectarium is on the same site as the Jardin botanique, and the Biodôme and Planetarium are about a 10-minute walk away from the Insectarium.

What are the museums’ rates and opening hours?

You’ll find museum schedules here.

You’ll find museum rates here.

What is the best way to get a map of the museums?

A map will be given to you at the reception desk of all our institutions. If you’d like to look at a map or print one out now, please refer to the following pages.

How is family defined for family rates?

A family is composed of a maximum of five people (limit two adults per family). Please note that admission is free for children ages 0 to 4.

Can I leave the museum and return later?

Yes, just be sure you have your ticket with you. Please note that tickets are valid for one day only.

Are dogs and other pets allowed on the site?

Dogs and other pets are not allowed. Only guide and assistance dogs are allowed, under certain conditions :

Jardin botanique and Insectarium

Guide and assistance dogs are allowed anywhere on the site, including inside the greenhouses. Guide dogs in foster families, however, are only allowed on the path that runs around the outdoor site. You may be asked to show your guide dog’s certification.

Biodôme

To ensure the safety of all visitors, the Biodôme recommends that you leave your guide or assistance dog behind the counter at the ticket office during your visit. The animals in the ecosystems may be disturbed by the presence of your dog, which could provoke an incident. Furthermore, the Biodôme cannot exclude the risk of transmitting diseases to which your dog is not immune.

Depending on availability, the Biodôme will provide a guide if the person with impairments is alone or leaves their guide dog behind the counter at the ticket office. Note that companions of disabled persons are always admitted free of charge at Montréal Space for Life (one companion per disabled person).

What discounts are available?

There are many discounts for tickets, including student ID (in hand, valid, with photo), the Accès Montréal card and the CAA card. More information about promotions.

Do you accept U.S. funds?

Yes, according to the prevailing exchange rate used by the Ville de Montréal’s administration.

What is the best way to make a reservation?

To optimize your visit and spread out groups throughout the day, reservations are strongly recommended. However, they are required for groups who want to take a guided tour, participate in a school activity, attend a show or reserve a space in one of our dining areas.

Phone: 514 868-3000
Toll-free: 1 855 518-4506
Fax: 514 872-5476
Email: reservationespacevie@ville.montreal.qc.ca

For packages including the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, please contact the Montréal Space for Life Customer Service Centre.

What should we do if we would like to be sponsored by one of the Space for Life museums?

Space for Life’s mission is to promote nature and knowledge about nature, contribute to the study and preservation of biodiversity and promote responsible behaviour towards the environment. It carries out this mission in its respective spheres at each of its institutions (Biodôme: ecology and environmental science; Insectarium: entomology; Jardin botanique: botany and horticulture; Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan: astronomy).

To continue funding educational, research and conservation projects, Space for Life needs support from partners… partners like you!

Would you like to develop a partnership with Space for Life? Contact Lucie Rochette at 514 868-3008 or by e-mail lucierochette@ville.montreal.qc.ca.

If you would like to make a donation to Space for Life, you can use our online donations form or contact the Space for Life foundation by telephone : 514 872-6956 or e-mail: mlandry@fondationespacepourlavie.ca.

Space for Life donation policy

Space for Life receives a large number of donation requests and wants to support the community and recognized organizations while respecting its mission. Requests from individuals are not considered. Space for Life’s mission is to promote nature and knowledge about nature, contribute to the study and preservation of biodiversity and promote responsible behaviour towards the environment.

Our donation policy does not involve monetary contributions or donations of promotional items, plants, etc. Priority is given to activities and events held by non-profit organizations whose mission echoes Space for Life’s values and objectives. Only successful requests will receive a reply.

Procedure

We must receive your request at least six weeks before the date of your event or activity. Each organization or community group is eligible for one donation per calendar year. You must complete the form and e-mail it to isacchetti@ville.montreal.qc.ca. Requests received by phone, mail or fax will not be considered.