Nature and the Human Spirit
The museum allows us to step out of our everyday lives by viewing how and when our lives came to be the way they are. Visitors to the medium are able to witness evolutionary changes that brought modern species, cultural changes that brought borders society and civilization, and the physical changes that take place over the beginning and end of an organisms lifespan. The museum shows us who we are by exploring how we have changed as a society over the span of centuries. It shows us how much we have changed, but also how similar we are to our predecessors. We can evaluate our future choices by the effects we see represented from our past displayed in the museum. Finally, the museum helps visitors to understand how precious the mystery of life is in its various forms, and that nature should be preserved to protect that life. The exhibit showing the lifecycle of a butterfly reflects the human spirit of progress, and echoes the sentiment of self-improvement, which is such an integral part of the American dream.