The Florida Museum of Natural History, I believe reflected more on the civilization and growth through which Florida has obtained rather than reflecting Leopold's view of how man should be one with nature, but through showing how Florida came to be, in the beginning man was a part of the nature even before society had decided on becoming the conquerors. Walking through the museum, I felt happy and motivated to learn and sensed that this museum was going to be different from other natural history museums I have visited before. I started thinking about everything that I thought I knew about Floridian History, trying to connect it to the information I had read from the signs. From my perspective, I found that everybody was quite engaged with the exhibits and the replicas on display. I saw little hyper children clinging to their parent while the parent to attempted read the captions of the displays and witnessed their faces slowly lighting up with interest with each factoid read, I saw other people excited to go through the Butterfly Rainforest, waiting and wanting a butterfly to rest itself on one them. I also found adults wandering alone around the museum, eager to absorb some knowledge. I felt as though the Florida natural history museum did its best to try to connect people with Floridian history, featuring exhibits with the Native Americans, Floridian wild life, the surrounding aquatic life, and the life that lived millions of years before Florida was even formed. My experience did not instill Leopold’s ideas of “ethical responsibility” in myself as much as hoped it to but rather the museum instilled some imagination and creativity that the surrounding features of nature provided.
Nature and the Human Spirit:
Nature and the Human Spirit: Me standing behind the exoskeleton of a prehistoric dinosaur.
The Natural History Museum helps us to step out of our ordinary lives by going through the life of another time and through seeing what lived in our world and our state before we even had chance to exist on this beautiful planet and this helps us to better understanding ourselves by understanding the place from which we all started from, answering some of the mysteries and majesties that the natural world has so kindly offered to us.