Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Cool days have moved  in to Canada’s capital. Luckily, things are heating up with the return of Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature. It is a bright and warm exhibition that introduces live, tropical butterflies to visitors that they would not usually see in Canada. When this show was last at the museum, 50 000 visitors were amazed with these winged creatures. Butterflies in Flight will be fluttering around the museum from October 6, 2018 to April 22, 2018.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Butterflies in Flight Sign at the Canadian Museum of Nature

My daughter and I were invited to get a sneak peek of this fabulous show before it opened its doors to the public. We were not disappointed with what we saw and learned.

Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Butterfly learning fun

Before meeting the exhibit, we learned a lot about these social creatures. There is a Butterfly Nursery, where butterflies are still in their pupal stage before emerging from their chrysalises.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Butterfly nursery

All of the butterflies in this exhibit were supplied from two sustainable farms in Costa Rica. They were transported to the museum at this stage.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Girl looking at a butterfly up close.

We also learned about the life cycle of the butterfly, its flight mechanics, pollination, and conservation. Interactive displays helped to get these aspects across to us. My daughter really loved using the magnifying display to see some of the finer features of a butterfly up close.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Girl looking at a magnifying display to see some of the finer features of a butterfly up close.

Hello Butterflies!

Lush vegetation and feeding stations will be the backdrop for hundreds of butterflies around the museum’s solarium. There will be over two dozen different species of butterflies to meet. The gorgeous Blue Morpho is the star of this year’s exhibit.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Blue Morpho Butterfly on a leaf.

Another great draw to this show will be the temperature within the exhibit. It will be kept around a balmy 26 degrees Celsius to make our flighty friends feel at home.

The two of us spent a lot of time visiting with these tropical creatures. We marvelled at the butterflies’ grace and beauty as they fluttered and soared around us. We must have dressed to impress these wonderous beings, as they landed on us on several occasions.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Butterfly on girl’s shoulder.

My girl also said hello to as many of these creatures in the Solarium. She snapped many photos of them with my smartphone. She wanted to make sure she saw every one of them being featured.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Girl taking a photo of a butterfly.

I was happy to be in this warm and gorgeous environment. I saw so many of these social beings I would not see on a regular basis. We cannot wait to return with our whole family to show them how amazing this exhibit is to experience.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Cattleheart Butterfly feeding on a flower.
Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Atreus Owl Butterfly at a snacking station.
Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Butterfly on a rock wall.

 

Tips for a fabulous visit

Visitors to Butterflies in Flights should plan their visit before they go. Entry to this exhibit is time-ticketed. It is advised to purchase your tickets in advance. This will help you to avoid finding out that all of the time slots have been filled for the day.  You can buy your tickets online here. Visitors should also arrive fifteen minutes before your ticket time. Tickets cost $5 in addition to general admission to the museum. A great time to visit this show is on Thursday evenings. Admission to the museum on this day is free from 5 pm-8 pm.

Would you like for these fluttering creatures to pay you a visit while at Butterflies in Flight? Wearing bright colours will attract these creatures to you. There is also a small supply of colourful vests available in the Solarium to use while visiting this show.

Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature
Getting All A-Flutter at Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Are you curious to find out more about Butterflies in Flight at the Canadian Museum of Nature? We checked out their website to learn more about it. We also connected with them following the #ButterfliesAtTheMuseum hashtag on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages!

What is your favourite the of butterfly to look at?

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  1. This would be a great place to take the grandchildren, it would be great to learn so much about them and to have them flying around you!

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