Enjoying the scenery the Butterfly Garden had to offer.
Nature on Display
The Butterfly Garden was the most appealing exhibit I explored while visiting the museum. The principal reason I enjoyed this exhibit the most was because of how interactive it was. Not only did you get a first-hand experience with the array of different butterflies but they also had several employees spread out along the path that offered interesting insight about the different components and aspects of the exhibit. This made for an overall heightened social experience and made the tour of the garden feel more personal and added a unique element to the learning experience compared to most museums where there are displays to read. Secondly, the exhibit was located outside which made the journey through the exhibit more immersive. Moreover, it was also intriguing to be up close and personal with the butterflies; I was lucky enough to have three land on me over the course of my visit. This exhibit immediately captured my attention not only because of how interactive it was but also its how it was structured around the pond in the center and how the rest of the habitat surrounded it.
Hanging out with my dinosaur friends.
Nature and the Human Spirit
The Natural History Museum is unique in the way that it assists us in better understanding how the world we live in today has changed and evolved over throughout the course of time. Personally, history has always been an area of study that I have gravitated towards. There is an element to uncovering the narrative of how certain things have come to be that has been consistently fascinating to me. The museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by focusing on unconventional areas of history that to most contain many unknowns. Similarly, the topics detailed in the museum are often those we as individuals don't encounter or think about on a day-to-day basis. By being educated about these topics, the museum is able to offer an escape from the stresses and anxieties of our daily lives and by learning about our past. Additionally, it helps us gain a more complete understanding of who we are, how our society and culture has evolved overtime, and where we come from. The dinosaur exhibit in particular really made me have a more complete appreciation of the world we live in. I was in awe that we inhabited the planet that once was home to creatures ten times the size of us.
Nature and Ethics
In the day and age we live in currently, Leopold's assessment of the fate of our planet is not too farfetched. The new presidential administration has zero regard for the environment and the world we live in. They will compromise the long term vision of a sustainable future for short term economic gains and to fulfill personal interests. Despite how bleak the future looks given the newly implemented anti-environment policy, their museum was equipped with many optimistic exhibits relevant to environmental conservation. There was one exhibit dedicated entirely to environmental conservation and what we as individuals can do to ensure an environmentally sustainable future. After experiencing this exhibit, I felt a sense of responsibility and although I'm just one piece of the puzzle, I am accountable for the outcome of the future. One conclusion that I drew from experiencing the museum was that the effort has to be collaborative. Everyone must participate and be held accountable. The museum does a nice job expressing this fundamental fact through this exhibit.