Nature on Display- Mastodon Skeleton
The mastodon skeleton forms the centerpiece of the museum's entrance. It's huge scale immediately captures the attention of children and adults alike. Additionally, it serves as a reminder that no matter how grand a species may be, it can still go extinct, humans included, a fact that doesn't have the same impression when simply reading about extinct species.
Nature and Ethics
The butterfly exhibit at the FLMNH forms a key part of the museum's experience. It places visitors in direct contact with nature, and allows them to see the grandeur of nature in a small, controlled environment. Furthermore, the use of butterflies highlights the damage humans can due, seen by the decimation of the monarch butterfly population in recent decades. The museum hearkens back to when milkweed gardens attracted swarms of the creatures, and reminds people the real damage humanity can do.
Nature and the Human Spirit
In the exhibit focusing on Native Americans, visitors are struck with the reliance of our ancestors on nature. The boundaries between civilization and nature were much more blurred, as villages and people blended into the trees. This reminds us of how much we were once at the mercy of nature, and how much we did and still do rely on nature. After all, we are still dependent on the natural world to supply and maintain our man-made creations.