Butterflies Go Free


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February 22 to April 29, 2018
The Botanical Garden is closed on Mondays until May 14, except for March 5 and April 2.
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4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC Canada
H1X 2B2

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Enjoy a natural refuge where you can discover butterflies’ habitat and learn how to create your own beautiful, inviting butterfly garden.

As you step inside the Reception Centre at the Jardin botanique, you’ll be greeted by a kinetic sculpture by artist Andrea Williamson, a piece bridging human activities and the well-being and vitality of the other species that share our planet. A chair is covered with tiny motorized butterflies whose wings are programmed to flap in correlation with the city’s monitored air pollution levels. The healthier the air, the more active the butterflies. Don’t miss it!

Once you reach the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, you’re sure to be dazzled by the thousands of colourful, shimmering butterflies flitting about. The 21st edition of Butterflies Go Free is spotlighting butterflies’ relationship with their habitat. Join the Insectarium’s science educators and learn how to create inviting surroundings for butterflies and recreate the magic of Butterflies Go Free in your own garden. It’s a great way to better share our habitat with local butterflies and to “better dwell on our planet,” together!


Tips for a successful visit

  • To avoid long waits outside, buy your tickets online.
  • Weekday afternoons are the best bet, except for spring break (you can extend your visit for 30 minutes after the box office closes).
  • Opt for a baby carrier over a stroller, if possible, to make getting around in the greenhouses easier.

Don’t forget that tripods are not permitted in the greenhouses. Enjoy your visit!


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