Sat in Parc-Jean Drapeau, the Biosphere is an iconic Montreal landmark. And having lived in Montreal for a number of years now, I'm saddened to say that I have yet to go. But wanting to expand my horizons, I recently looked into what one can do when visiting the Biosphere, and what I found was pretty cool.
Not only that, but the geometric building itself has a pretty awesome history. It was first built as the pavilion of the United States for Expo 67. Then in 1976 a fire destroyed its acrylic bubble, leaving just the steel structure behind. The building sat closed until 1990, when it was bought by Environment Canada for $17.5 million to be turned it into a water museum. In 2007 the name was changed to the Biosphere and it became an environment museum, where it now features interactive exhibits about water, climate change, air ecotechnologies and sustainable development.
Here are 10 things that you can do at Montreal's Biosphere:
1. Take a look at the effects of climate change at the +1°C: What Difference Does It Make exhibit
2. Have questions about the potential of renewable energy? You can have all of them answered at the Biosphere's renewable energy exhibit
3. Try your hand at a scientific experiment in the ECOLAB
4. Be impressed by an exhibit of 16 outfits all made from mass consumption products, including car parts, batteries, and even salmon skin
5. Walk around the FREE Canadian Outdoor photo exhibit, featuring pictures of the Arctic
6. Discover how our consumer choices impact the environment at the Finding Balance Exhibit
7. Play a giant game of Tic Tac Tox to learn about the risks of using toxic products
8. Try out any one of the 3 interactive animated activities
9. Take on the world view of Richard Buckminster Fuller, the man who designed the Biosphere’s geodesic dome
10. Hear about the importance of drawing inspiration from nature in order to adapt to climate change at the Design the Future exhibit