Temporary Exhibits


On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly 

Main Gallery: May 20- October 10, 2022

Produced by the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, this travelling exhibition exemplifies true teamwork, both in its creation and in its story.

Through microphotographic images and spectacular aerial photographs, join Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco “Vico” Gutiérrez as he follow the monarch’s amazing journey from Montreal, Canada, to the mountains of central Mexico. In his ultralight, decorated with the motif of the monarch butterfly and aptly named Papalotzin (the Aztec word for “small butterfly”), he covered over 6,000 kilometers in 90 hours of flight over 72 days.

Vico’s adventure to raise awareness about butterfly habitat conservation became a true voyage of discovery as he followed the extreme challenges faced by monarch butterflies during their annual migration. With a lifespan of only about two months, no one monarch can complete the entire trip on its own — it takes up to four generations of these beautiful creatures to cover the entire distance of the migration.


This exhibition, and Vico’s stunning complementary film Papalotzin — The Flight of the Monarch Butterfly, are adaptable to a wide variety of venues, from museums and galleries to libraries and botanical centres.

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This exhibition was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Museum Assistance Program (MAP).



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