About the Biosphere

As the only environment museum in North America, the Biosphere's mission is to raise citizen awareness, action, and engagement on environmental issues.

History of the Biosphere

The Biosphere, an ecobuilding

The Biosphere was already considered a green building when it was renovated in 1995. After you visit the Biopshere's interactive exhibits on major environmental issues, discover the museum's various green technologies to learn more about alternatives and day-to-day solutions.


As the only environment museum in North America, the Biosphere's mandate is to raise awareness as well as to encourage citizens to take action and get involved in environmental issues. The museum distinguishes itself by its interactive and educational exhibits as well as animated activities which are aimed at increasing understanding of major environmental issues such as air, water, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development and more.

Illuminated Biosphere

Picture of the Biosphere while it is illuminated

The Biosphere is more than a museum; it is a Montréal icon. That is why, after the festivities of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Canada’s 150th, and, of course, Expo 67’s 50th, the structure is now illuminated—much to the delight of Montréal residents and tourists alike. Until 2037, the sphere will be lit up at nightfall and will change colours with the seasons. To reflect the passing of time, slow variations in colour and hue will transform its appearance. This initiative is part of the overall vision for the 2017 celebrations: to create a lasting legacy for Montrealers.

Illuminated mosaiculture

Picture of the mosaiculture while it is illuminated

Since summer 2018, the Biosphere’s mosaiculture “We Are All of the Same Earth” embellishes the pool of water at the museum entrance. This plant sculpture represents the Earth and symbolizes the need to live in harmony with nature. The sculpture is also a gathering place for birds that like to perch there for a rest. An impressive number of plants in a variety of colours covers the surface of the mosaiculture. These represent our planet’s oceans, continents and ice-covered areas.

The sculpture is illuminated after sunset for our visitors’ enjoyment. This new feature blends harmoniously with the Biosphere’s illumination and adds to the beauty of Montréal nights.

Outdoor lookout

The Biosphere’s outdoor lookout, facing downtown Montreal.

Head to the Biosphere’s lookout to admire breathtaking views of Downtown Montreal, the St. Lawrence River and the surroundings. The museum often presents displays on this outdoor platform that also offers seating spaces. Note that the lookout is not accessible in winter or in bad weather conditions.

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