The Florida Museum of Natural History is quite an impressive museum for its size and location. It accomplishes its task of being a natural history museum because it can immerse the visitor in nature and history of the world. There are exhibits including butterflies, frogs, fossils, aquatic life, and plants. Going to the museum made me think about what nature really is and where I actually stand in the world and its history.
Nature on Display
This exhibit that can be seen in the images displayed fossils of creatures from the past. What really caught my eyes was the massive fossil of a jaw from a ferocious underwater predator. This fossil apparently came from a megalodon, which is giant shark that is now extinct. From this exhibit I learned that in the natural world there are things that are almost unthinkable and incomprehensible, but they are out there, and they are waiting to be seen and discovered. My experience at the museum was enjoyable because I was able to see exhibits that really caught my attention and opened my eyes to the natural world.
Nature and Ethics
The butterfly garden helped me experience nature in the way Leopold recommends. I felt amazed about the beauty of living creatures that are living all around us. These are just butterflies too. There is so much more to nature that can be appreciated, and the butterfly garden definitely aims to help those thoughts. As I toured the museum, many people reacted the same way as I did. There are a great amount of unique and amazing models and images to see and immerse yourself in. The museum allowed visitors to connect with nature by allowing them to walk through nature itself. My experience in the museum instilled in me an ethical responsibility to nature as Leopold imagines.