My Trip to the Florida Natural History Museum Zola Hoehn

Nature on Display

This exhibit contained many artifacts from areas around Florida and had the skeletons of animals that could be found throughout the area. I found the design of this exhibit to be appealing because it was very immersive. One can walk around the area and can listen to recordings of how Florida and the world was working at different points in time. This exhibit caught my attention because the lighting was very dramatic but lit up the animal skeletons as to showcase them instead of anything else. I also liked how most of what was in the exhibit was very similar, it was just the skeletons of the animals set into different poses to show how they would have been when they were alive. In having all of the skeletons together, I learned how similar the animals are when you reduce them down to just their bones. I don't think I would have understood this if was just replicas or taxidermy animals. I also liked how they compared the skeletons which you could see, to the information and pictures shown on the information portions next to the skeletons.

Nature and Ethics

I think the sea turtle area of the museum allowed me to experience nature and respect and admire it rather than think of myself as a "conquer of the land". This section showed about sea turtles and their nests which are everywhere on the beaches of Florida. By being shown what a nest looks like and given more information on how endangered these animals are, it made me more aware of how important it is to protect these animals and their habitats which are constantly being diminished by beach houses and the public who generally dont know what a nest looks like or how to protect it. Seeing this section made me somewhat sad because I know how important it is to protect these animals and its hard to think about the fact that humans could be the reason that they are dying off.

When I was walking around this exhibit, I noticed a lot of little kids going to and looking at the baby sea turtles. This made me exited because I hope that they will continue this curiosity and work towards conserving and helping these animals. The Natural History Museum allows visitors to connect with nature by providing interactive exhibits like the butterfly section, a walk in cave and touchable models of sea turtles and their nests. My experience in the museum did instill an ethical responsibility to nature because it made me want to go out and explore but also work to help conserve what we have today.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The section of the Natural History Museum with the various sizes of shark jaws allows us to step out of our ordinary lives to see the jaws of sharks who live out in the ocean. It shows parts of an animal that I would hope to never see. By providing and opportunity to see the large jaws of the sharks it helps us better understand our place in the world as humans. These shark jaws shown in increasing sizes allows one to see the size difference between the mouth of the shark (not including the body) and the whole body of a human. I think the setting and placement of the jaws in this hallway with a dark background and how they are lit up creates a sense of mystery about them. With this exhibit you can only see the jaws and nothing behind them or in the walkway but when you are walking behind them you can see every person and thing in the front. This exhibit helps us better appreciate the mystery of the natural world because it shows a world that we would otherwise not normally see.

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