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Butterflies Go Free 2019

An Amazing Story of Evolution at Its Most Beautiful
Montréal, February 5, 2019 - 

Starting February 28, 2019, Space for Life invites everyone to come enjoy Butterflies Go Free in the Jardin botanique’s majestic greenhouse. This year, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the fabulous evolutionary history of these masterpieces of nature as they fall under the spell of the butterflies’ beauty. Over the course of 200 million years, butterflies have developed a variety of adaptations in response to biological and environmental imperatives. Inside the greenhouse, where it’s nice and warm, young and old alike will be enchanted by Butterflies Go Free, the Insectarium and Jardin botanique’s flagship event.

Jardin botanique de Montréal - Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Open Mondays, March 4 and April 22 (March break and Easter)
Shimmering colours, seductive scents, inviting dances—butterflies use every trick in the book to attract a mate! But behind their many charms lie complex evolutionary processes that have been going on for millennia to ensure the survival of the species.

Gradually, over their millions of years of evolution, butterflies have diversified tremendously. Many have developed striking colours, fabulous patterns and iridescence on their wings to adapt to their environment and help them survive.

The Insectarium’s science educators will be waiting for you in the main exhibition greenhouse at the Jardin botanique to show you how and why biological evolution has resulted in such a extraordinary masterpieces. Note that Space for Life will be exploring the exceptional history of evolution in its year-long programming.

This year, tickets for Butterflies Go Free are for fixed times. You can book your tickets now at It’s best to book ahead to get the time you prefer. Your tickets for Butterflies Go Free also give you access to the garden’s nine other greenhouses.

Information: Opening hours, directions, rates

In 2019, Space for Life will be exploring nature and biodiversity through the lens of evolution. How have phenomena taking place over thousands of years resulted in the fascinating history of life on our planet? An exciting story to investigate and discover!

Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Jardin botanique, Biodôme, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

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Contact our team

Judith Dubeau
IXION Communications
514 495-8176
Marie-Joëlle Filion
Communications Officer - Espace pour la vie
514 868-4840

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