Florida Museum of Natural History Max Orshan

The most appealing exhibit in the Florida Museum of Natural History was the Frogs! A Chorus of Colors. As I walked in to the room, the layout was extremely appealing to me. Clearly differentiated sections of the exhibit housed frogs and frog environments from different species and areas around the world. Using mock environments was a great way to help me visualize how these frogs would live in a particular biome. One thing that caught my eye in the exhibit was the frog sound machine, which allowed visitors to mix and match the sounds of different frogs. The exhibit was extremely visceral and kept me engaged as I walked around the cases. My favorite case in the exhibit was the poison frog dart kit . I learned that the natives have a lot of respect for the frog and understand the importance of the frog in their lives to hunt for food. Whenever I go to a museum I always want to come out with more knowledge than I come in with. This exhibit put a lot of interesting information on display and I throughly enjoyed it.

Like most natural history museums, most of the exhibits are comprised of models and figurines. As I walked through this museum, I felt slightly detached from understanding how the true animal would feel in the depicted environment. A refreshing area of the museum is the interactive butterfly exhibit. The exhibit is a fair medium for visitors to get a true feel of how an animal interacts in their environment. This exhibit embodies the Leopold recommendation of "loving, respecting, and admiring" nature in a respectful form. Walking in to the butterfly area was a really cool experience. As the door shuts behind you, you become immersed in a tropical setting with butterflies all around you. For me, it showed how delicate the butterfly can be in its environment. The overall feeling in the exhibit was pure happiness. Patrons young and old were extremely giddy in the butterfly wonderland. The Florida Museum allowed us to connect with nature by putting us in a true natural habitat. It was not a fake created structure, but rather a real and tangible experience. The butterfly exhibit certainly instilled my ethical responsibility to uphold Leopold's values. Seeing true nature right before our eyes allows us to appreciate it on a higher level.

I believe that the natural history museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by exposing us to the abnormal. Showing us new species and habitats allows visitors to get a more full understanding of the expansive world around us. The exhibit showcased below is a full scale model of a native american house and its surrounding environment. This allowed me to have a true feel for what it was like to live a place like this. In a physical sense, the museum allows us to step in to a totally different environment and experience true nature. I agree that the museum can help us appreciate the mystery and magic of the natural world around us. Ever since Planet Earth, I have been fascinated with the flora and fauna of this world. However, I do not know if natural history museum helps me find out who I am. On the contrary, I believe that a museum like this helps me figure out what I am not. I become amazed with animals who have incredible abilities that I do not have. I find this aspect of the museum one of my favorite parts.

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