Florida Museum of Natural History By Mary Dickey

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Nature on Display

I found the design of this exhibit appealing because it had a dark, eerier look to it. All throughout the exhibit was ruined wallpaper and furniture, which was a dramatic change from the rest of the museum. This exhibit helped me to understand the toxic and poisonous nature of plants. One way it did this was it put a replica of the Nettles in a grave-like exhibit to highlight just how dangerous the plant is. I found this exhibit particularly enjoyable because it included videos explaining some of the plants and included folk tales about the plants in the exhibit.

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Nature and Ethics

The Natural History Museum highlighted Leopold's point of respecting the land through their Calusa exhibit. In this exhibit, the museum showed how the Calusa respected, loved, and admired the land by using its natural resources. The Calusa built houses made out of palms, using canoes to get around, and obtaining their food by fishing. In this way, I got to experience nature in the ways that Leopold recommends because the Calusa tribe used materials in their own environment, which is a huge contrast from today because many of the things we use are imported. This exhibit gave me a sense of amazement because of the Calusa's way of life. For example, the Calusa tribe made canals by hand which is a very strenuous task if one is only using hands and tools made of shells and wood. The other visitors in the museum also enjoyed this exhibit by taking photos and by going inside the Calusa leader's house. The museum allowed its visitors to connect with nature because one of its exhibits showed how the people who have inhibited the earth have created layers from the first inhabitants to the early American settlers. This exhibit showed me how important it was to take care of the earth for future generations.

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Nature and Human Spirit

One of the ways the Natural History museum helps us to step out of our ordinary lives is through their evolution exhibit. In this exhibit, we can see just how incredible, fascinating, and ever changing life is. Through this exhibit, we can step out of our ordinary lives and see it in the bigger picture. The exhibit contained various skeleton of now extinct animals. For example, this is a picture of the giant ground sloth, which looks way different then the sloth we have come to know. This exhibit also showed skeletons of the terror bird, false saber-toothed cat, and extinct rhinoceros. By seeing how other species evolved, we are able to picture the ways humans adapted to the earth and the reason why we look the way we do.

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