Florida Museum of Natural History Krista Wisemen

Introduction: Recently, I took a trip to the Florida Museum of Natural History. The exhibits displayed mostly artifacts of previous civilizations, artwork, and nature above all else. It blended history from both a human and an animalistic standpoint, highlighting the history of ancient civilizations and extinct creatures.

colombian mammoth

Nature on Display: My attention was captured mostly as I walked through the butterfly exhibit. I couldn't help myself when I saw the flutter of blue cross my path. There was so much life surrounding me as I walked through the glass doors, from the butterflies to the tiny birds to the rushing river. I especially loved how the design of the exhibit focused on the natural, unharmed wildlife. You can't imagine how full of energy the butterflies are unless you experience it in real time, face to face, not through the pages of a textbook. I really appreciated being able to go to the museum, because it gave me a chance to explore somewhere I might not have otherwise.

Morpho Peleides - Butterfly Exhibit

Ideopsis juventa

Siproeta Epaphus

Cethosia hypsea

Nature and Ethics: The museum helped me view nature in a respectable manner. One of the exhibits had a model of a habitat depicting Mangrove Forests. Rather than having live animals on display - potentially harming animals in the process - the museum chose to recreate their habitat. This exhibit helped the visitor learn about different species within the habitat without causing harm to those organisms who live within it. I felt a fascination with many of the exhibits as I walked through. A lot of the exhibits felt very life-like, and it gave me perspective of the people and creatures that the exhibits were about. A lot of other people looked like they were excited about a lot of the exhibits, especially the exhibits containing ancient art or an extravagant showpiece of fossils and bones. The museum allowed its visitors to connect with nature that we would not have seen in our daily lives. I think that protecting nature is definitely an important job that we have as members of the biotic community. We should cherish nature and strive to protect it as best we can.

Mangrove forests

Nature and the Human Spirit: The Natural History Museum takes us out of our everyday lives and places us into this world of discovery and exploration. It makes us wonder about all of the other creatures that lived in previous centuries, or even millennia. It makes visitors realize how unique the world around us truly is. After visiting the shark exhibit for example, visitors start to compare their current day organisms, such as a great white shark, with organisms of a prehistoric age, such as the magnificent Carcharodon Megalodon. There is so much about extinct organisms that we have yet to discover, and the mystery of these previous creatures still remains.

Shark exhibit
carcarodon angustidens

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