Florida Museum of Natural History Shelby Harding

Nature on dISPLAY

My very best good friend Jessica, ft. butterfly.

The Butterfly Exhibit is the most appealing exhibit in my opinion because of its interactive nature. As a visitor, you get to walk through the indoor forest. There appears to be hundreds of butterflies and plants there as well as an indoor waterfall and stream. Because of how the visitors are able to walk through, the exhibit immediately grabs your attention. By being in the environment of the butterflies, as well as various finches, I learned how gentle nature can be. There was another part of the Butterfly Exhibit that showed thousands of butterflies that were pressed and framed. This medium is less immersive because you do not get to see the butterflies in their natural environment.

The Butterfly Exhibit

Nature and Ethics

Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife

The Northwest Florida Exhibit is a display of the nature of the Northwest region of Florida. The exhibit follows the rivers that flow through the area, that form caves and eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico. As I went through this exhibit, I was able to become more familiar with a part of Florida that I am not familiar with. I am more informed now than I was before about the waterways and nature of that area of Florida. My friends were interested by the different perspectives the scene offered; there was a cave as well as an example of a barrier island. This exhibit allowed visitors to interact with the different environments of Northwest Florida which further connected them to nature. Seeing the purity and cleanliness of the nature showed me how important it is to keep our environments (waterways and wildlife) clean. While museums are picture perfect, there is a much harsher reality outside of the museum. I believe we have a duty as residents of Florida and citizens of the world to keep our nature clean.

Nature and the Human Spirit

Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land

The Florida Fossils help us to step out of our ordinary lives because of the different environments the exhibit contains. This segment of the display in particular is the end of the timeline of the evolution of life and land of the world. The scene consisted of modern day ocean animals. As you entered the room, blue was illuminated to give the effect of being underwater. The animals in the exhibit were made to be larger in scale in order to place you in their environment. These animals included giant crabs, fish and jellyfish among various others. Because the exhibit literally placed the visitor in the environment, I was able to become more informed of the mystery and majesty of the natural world. Conclusively, this exhibit was able to inform by putting the human in the perspective of the animal; an insider rather than an outsider.

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