Isabel Arriaga's Tour of the Florida Museum of Natural History IUF1000 Section 072H

Nature on Display

The design of this exhibit in the Florida Museum of Natural History was especially appealing to me because it gave a visual representation of early sediments on Earth. The exhibit was appealing because all of the different sediments, rocks and shells were spaced out and labeled. I also liked that in the back of the exhibit underwater prehistoric life was featured. What captured my attention from this exhibit were the shells. Some of the shells looked unreal and unlike anything I have seen in this day and age. I think that the medium in which this exhibit was featured definitely added to my understanding of the sediments that were present on Earth during the prehistoric period. I liked that the various rocks, shells and sediments were all three dimensional and underneath every structure there was a description of the rock or sediment so as a viewer I knew exactly what I was looking at. I found the exhibit on evolution and the prehistoric period to be the most enjoyable in the museum since it was very visual and showed the physical evolution of ancient species into species that are still present today.

Nature and Ethics

I chose this exhibit for the Nature and Ethics prompt because it focused on estuaries, oceans and other bodies of water. In recent years Ocean pollution and pollution of other bodies of water has become a serious problem. Water pollution not only eliminates clean drinking water for humans and other species but is also the source of death and extinction of many species living in marine or freshwater biomes. This exhibit definitely reminded me of the serious issue of water pollution. Seeing all of the wildlife that inhabits water biomes made me realize how harmful ocean pollution is to organisms. I think that other people viewing this exhibit felt the same way since this was one of the more ornate and interesting exhibits in the museum. This exhibit definitely made the visitors in the museum feel as if they were underwater due to the way this exhibit was designed. After viewing this exhibit and the beauty of Earth's bodies of water I definitely felt a responsibility towards the preservation of Earth's bodies of water.

Nature and the human Spirit

I chose this exhibit as the exhibit that represents nature and the human spirit because this exhibit is about people different than I am from a different geographical area and living during a different time in history. This exhibit made me step out of my ordinary life and back through history because it showed me a different way that people lived. This exhibit reminded me of my own heritage as a Colombian-American and of my ancestors who were also colonists of the Spanish. The people, animals and tapestries in this exhibit reminded me of things I saw when visiting Colombia as a child. Specifically, the Llama looked exactly like a llama I saw in a museum in a small town in Colombia. This exhibit certainly made me better understand my own history and how it related to the history of these people portrayed in the museum. It also showed me culture, art, practices and language so different than my own as a college student living in the twenty- first century.

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