The museum has many exhibits on life in the estuaries of Florida. They include immersing a visitor in what it was like to be a native living in the tall grasses and shore areas. Part of the exhibit allows the visitor to walk inside a straw hut that was common in the earlier periods. This kind of attraction seems to be the most effective and creative ways to convey a way of life. Stepping into such an exhibit brings the visitor back to a time. It includes life-sized statues in fashion of what people from that time probably looked at. This kind of display is so close to what it was like with nature right outside your door.
Nature and Ethics
Nature and the Human Spirit
The butterfly garden is the most prime example of literally stepping out of civilization into nature. It is the closest thing to open nature as the museum gets. There is a hush feeling that comes over one as one steps through the two doors into the preserved garden. It’s like stepping out of time into a peaceful atmosphere with silent, gentle creatures.
There is a mystical feeling that one feels when watching the butterflies overhead. The garden and its atmosphere is not something that one experiences every day, especially one that lives in a city area. It’s a novel experience.
It’s beautiful and almost divine, like Heschel tries to convey about the calm of Sabbath.
Nature, in the grand scheme, is so much greater and bigger. Nature, in this setting, is a tranquil contrast, allowing one to suspend time and enjoy the awe-striking butterflies.