Nature on display
When I walked into the Hall of Florida Fossils, I almost had a Dorothy moment of thinking "I'm not in Florida before." When you enter the exhibit, you enter a world of prehistoric Florida. Around you are fossils and skeletons of animals that vary in all sizes. There were so many creatures there, that not only did I not know existed in Florida, but even existed at all. Sometimes I think humans forget that we aren't the biggest creature, and being surrounded by these huge animals was humbling. The fact that the displays were actually fossils of previous creatures was very effective. Imagining the life before humans is hard and with only drawings done by humans, it can be challenging to grasp and believe. With the actual skeletons, it was concrete evidence. It made the idea easier for visitors to believe and get invested in. The exhibit as a whole was breathe taking and completely consumed you into this world the moment you step inside.
Nature and Ethics
My favorite aspect about going to the Florida Museum of Natural History is that the information isn't just shown to you and meant for you to observe. In these exhibits you are taken into the land of Florida and all of the ecosystems that it is home to. I have always felt that when being taught something it is much more effective when I am immersed in the information, rather than just being told or looking at it through glass. The museum allows visitors see all the history of Florida as it was during its time of existence, while bringing us down to size. I felt what Leopold was talking about when I walked through the Butterfly Rainforest. As humans we think of all creatures as guests in our world, but when we go into the Butterfly exhibit, we are going into their home. We are able to realize that Earth is not our place to rule, but a home for every creature. Each of those butterflies are different in color and unique in design, just like humans. Walking through the forest is a journey of realism and humbling. We promote that humans need to treat everyone with the same rights and respect, so why doesn't that count all the creatures on Earth? This planet isn't just our home, but all these animals, and the museum helps to reinstate that.