Nature on Display: The natural world, or nature, is the focus of any museum of natural history. Exhibits display information about the history of biological species on the Earth in interesting and captivating ways. One exhibit in particular that peaked my interest was a timeline of the history of the type of species that have existed throughout the entire history of the Earth. This exhibit was appealing because it was easy to view and it was easy to understand. The timeline was broken up into different periods of the Earth's history. It was also interesting because it was an extremely visual exhibit. The museum recreated extinct species of life that existed millions and even billions of years ago. Instead of just looking at the skeleton of a certain species, one could actually observe the extinct species in the flesh. If the museum had just one timeline made out of only pictures of certain species, then I would not have been as captivated by the exhibit and it would have been harder to understand.
Nature and Ethics: Ethics is a major topic in every subject of the world right not, but is also a major topic in relation to the natural world. Oftentimes, the ethical debate arises out of the question of whether or not it is the responsibility of humans to conserve our biodiversity, not only for other species but for our human interests as well. One exhibit that clearly depicted this ethical debate about conservation was the exhibit pictured above about mass extinctions. In recorded history, there are five known mass extinctions that have occurred. This exhibit describes how there is a current sixth mass extinction occurring in the world today. According to this exhibit, the sixth mass extinction is being caused by human activity. For instance, species like the Florida Panther and American Crocodile - depicted in this exhibit - are becoming highly endangered and many other species have already been declared extinct. Therefore, is it a moral obligation of the human race to conserve these species by fixing the problems that humans have caused like global warming? Personally, after visiting this exhibit and this museum, I realize that it is a moral obligation for humans to fix their environmental problems.
Nature and the Human Spirit: A visit to the natural history museum can allow us to connect to the eternal. It also allows us to step out of our daily, ordinary lives. On a daily basis, one does not typically visit a museum. Therefore, a visit to a natural history museum can broaden our perspective and change our lives even just after one visit. By visiting the museum, I was able to step out of my ordinary life and experience a multitude of cultures. The picture above depicts the tools and clothing of the Seminole Indians. By observing this exhibit, I was able to immerse myself in a different culture, which ultimately changed my perspective on the natural world and on different cultures. By immersing myself in another culture, I was more easily able to determine who I am and what my beliefs are and how I view the universe. By changing my perspective, I was more able to become one with the universe.