I have grown up in Gainesville so coming to the FMNH is a pretty normal thing to do, especially if you are an ACR. My favorite exhibit ever since I was a little kid was watching the entomologists work on the tiny little insects. This exhibit is very appealing to me because while walking by, you can see down the hallways stacked with cabinets full of every kind of bug you could imagine. This exhibit taught me how delicate you must be with such small creatures and how the slightest poke in the wrong area can completely ruin a perfectly preserved insect. My most enjoyable experience at the museum was most definitely the microscopes looking at the tiny starfish. These exhibits help me put into perspective just how big we are to such a micro scale world and yet how small we are to the huge scale of the universe.
I remember when the Butterfly Rainforest was first being built and younger me was so excited to be able to interact with hundreds of different species of butterflies. The Butterfly Rainforest creates an environment where things that are normally treasured sights are all consolidated to one place. This allows an observer to sit and admire butterflies without having to worry about them flying away before being fully appreciated. In the this exhibit, one can feel connected to the butterflies by being completely immersed within their habitat. By doing this, anyone is able to feel connected to nature through the way Leopold imagines.
The Calusa exhibit in the FMNH helps visitors, whether native Floridians or not, understand the significance to the Native Americans who were the first to roam in Florida. The entire exhibit displays the history of society in Florida. Calusa society was described by the Spaniards to be divided into two groups of nobles and commoners. The Calusa were a hard working society, but loved life and often made time for jovial things like games, music, and ceremonies that were displayed in the public. Sadly, as time went on, the Calusa were eventually eradicated from South Florida by warfare and disease that was introduced by the Europeans.