Nature on Display
One of my favorite exhibits was the butterfly exhibit. Stepping into it was like stepping into a whole new world. You’d walk through a set of doors and suddenly you were outside in a rainforest with hundreds of different butterflies and birds surrounding you. It captured my attention because of the variety of exotic colors it so beautifully displayed. I also loved how it physically put you into their habitat so you could kind of get a feel of what it is like to live in their world. This exhibit allowed me to get a glimpse of the natural world firsthand rather than through a glass window; I was able to interact rather than just observe. It was this experience in the serene rain forest that I found so enjoyable. I remember thinking to myself how I could go there and just sit there all day. It was so beautiful; the pictures do not do it justice.
Nature and the Human Spirit
The Natural History museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by showing us that there is so much more out there. There are whole other worlds that live inside our worlds that we never think to look for. It also allows us to get to know our history, our roots and where humankind evolved from. There was one section with all of the Native American tribes in Florida that I thought was really cool. It helped me realize and understand that Florida is built on the backs of Native Americans. For instance, it was cool to see how Alachua county was actually named after the Alachua tribe. There is so much out there that we just don’t know about, and the Natural History museum makes you to want to learn more.