Florida Museum of Natural History By: Meghan Lowry

Nature on Display: Visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History was something that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. Part of this was because of how the museum was set up. I feel that the set up of the museum was very practical, and liked how they set it up in different sections based on geographical area. I found the design of the first exhibit especially appealing. This is due to the fact that it is perhaps the most important exhibit, and that it is supposed to draw one in, something that is executed very well. even while waiting in line, the first thing that I saw was the skeleton, and that just made me more and more excited to get inside and start exploring. The whole room is very appealing to the eye, while also teaching one important facts. I enjoyed how the pieces hanging from the ceiling resembled the sky, and how there were pictures on the wall resembling the ocean. The whole room was tied together by big posters with many facts about that area, also including facts about the environment and things we can do to help it. The whole set up was a very big draw in, and also very informational. I think the fact that it shows the different aspects of geography make it easy to learn the information, but also makes it fun, something that is really hard to accomplish.

Nature and Ethics: This section was relatively easy to find something for, which is not necessarily a good thing. It is really sad that so many things we do today result in such negative effects in nature. Going through the museum, I really did experience things like Leopold was describing, I felt like I could connect with nature on a different level, that it was not something I wanted to destroy. Others seemed to react similarly. It really is a shock to go through these exhibits and see just how big of a negative impact humans have on nature. The museum helps its visitors connect through exhibits that seem to tell a story, but also that draw the visitor in. One of these exhibits for me was the one about sea turtles. While I knew previously the struggle baby turtles had to get to the sea once they were hatched, it was kind of sad to see how much we prevent them from reaching the sea. Previously, I had thought it was mostly just other animals, but now I realize how big a role we play. It makes me want to do something to help fix the problem. My experience did instill ethical responsibilities in me, I want to help nature, and not destroy it.

Nature and the Human Spirit: The Natural History museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives in many ways. There are so many lessons and so many things in there that can take one out of their comfort zone especially if they are willing to leave it. One of these exhibits in the butterfly garden. It really is an amazing experience to be in their world, to visit their life. Many people are scared to enter, scared to be swarmed by the tiny, yet somewhat mysterious creatures. However, once one enters, it is remarkable just how beautiful it is, how majestic both the butterflies and nature is. It helps us appreciate the mystery and majesty of the natural world because we experience something that we are not used to. Usually, we see things as living in our world, under out control. However the butterfly exhibit, as well as the rest of the museum, kind of forces us to take a step back and view things from the natural world, which is an interesting concept that not many take into consideration.

In the Butterfly exhibit

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