The Newfoundland Insectarium is a world-class attraction in Reidville, NL (just outside Deer Lake). It features thousands of live and mounted insects, arachnids, and arthropods from around the world. Owned and operated by Lloyd and Sandy Hollett, the Insectarium sits on 20 acres of land and boasts nearly 8,000 square feet in a converted barn. Since opening in 1998, the Insectarium has become a tourist landmark on the west coast of Newfoundland. The facility continues to receive rave reviews from its over 300,000 visitors.
TripAdvisor ranks the Newfoundland Insectarium as the #1 museum to see in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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The Newfoundland Insectarium was opened in 1998 by Lloyd Hollett and Gary Holloway. Before starting the Insectarium, both worked as provincial forestry technicians with a special passion for insects and public education. The pair established a small insect exhibit that they introduced to local schools.
Contact with world-renowned entomologist Georges Brossard, founder of the Montreal Insectarium, resulted in Brossard making the lofty suggestion: Why not build an Insectarium in Newfoundland? With a lot of research and hard work, that dream was fulfilled.