Florida Museum of Natural History Cameron Kocan


Nature on Display

My favorite exhibit at the Florida Musum of Natural History was the aquatic area as it literally immerses you into the ocean by recreating the bottom of the sea with a sandy floor and blue lighting to resemble water. By setting up the exhibit this way, it allows the audience to 'breathe under water' for a few minutes to really understand the message they are trying to convey. Typically, humans are so unaware as to what exactly is in the ocean that we often ignore this mystery so by the museum changing our perspective, we are better able to appreciate one of natures' wonders.Also, it encourages activity in this exhibit by making it more interactive. Specifically, what caught my attention was the largest pair of jaws which I was unfamiliar that fish could get that large. Thus, reminding me that there are so many unknown mysteries in nature and that often we assume that we have seen it all but the truth is that nature is a wonder.

Nature and Ethics:

The buttery fly garden really reinstates Leopold's recommendation to find appreciation in nature that go beyond it's economic value from before the entrance as the worker informs you to watch with your eyes and to not touch the butterflies. The flowing pond combined with the green plants symbolize life while restoring calmness. This calmness eliminates distractions that we often encounter when viewing nature outside the museum. As you can see in the image with the butterflies, it would have been extremely easy to accidentally miss these because many animals are camouflaged. I think this exhibit stood out from the rest of the museum as it included living animals which made it easier to contrast while being able to acknowledge how well the dead were preseserved and presented. After viewing this exhibit, I feel the urge to take more actions to help conserve the beauty that surrounds us.

Nature and the Human Spirit:

We often lose track of our human origins or assume our predecessors are more distant than reality due to new innovations and distractions but this exhibit at the museum of natural history really spoke to me as a reminder to stay primitive. In a sense, this exhibit reminded me of Thoureu's minimalist life style as huts and an emphasis on family are associated with this time frame. Although we read about history all the time, we often think that these people were much different than people today; however, this visual allows us to see how surprisingly similar we are to the past. The family is turned in towards the window as if it were allowing you to actually become part of their conversation and see how life is in their shoes. To better understand ourselves, the museum reminds us to look at our past and to not forget the wonders of nature that have outlived generations of humans.

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