Florida museum of natural history Experiencing Nature

If I have to talk about a single appealing exhibit, it would have to be the Butterfly Rainforest. How can one not fall in love with the beautifully colored butterflies and the smells of the foliage and water? It all felt like I was outdoors admiring the beauty that nature had to offer. This exhibit does a great but unintentional job of displaying the mortality of life; even in this closed system, the butterflies can still be stomped on, the food will rot, and plants will die. You learn that nature is beautiful but fleeting, which in my opinion adds to the beauty. You couldn't do this with a video of someone lecturing about butterflies.

This exhibit makes a person realize the enormity that is time, and the lasting effects we as people can have on the Earth. I felt as though nature is a gigantic and beautiful thing, and we must be a part of it, not separate. People often lose sight of the fact that we are part of nature, and almost seem to try to conquer it. I connected with the timelessness associated with nature, while I saw others connecting to its sheer beauty. I learned it is up to the collective whole to ensure Earth is to be maintained, if we want to continue to admire its majesties.

The photo below displays poison dart frogs. They are, at least in my opinion, the most beautiful frogs in the exhibit, and they happen to be some of the deadliest. Simply touching one will send you to the hospital. They are scary, but undoubtedly beautiful, a recurring theme with nature. Without this exhibit I wouldn't have learned so much about nature and the complexities of it. I never would've learned about these frogs, nor how amazing each species displayed at the exhibit were (some were truly breathtaking). We might see many of these frogs as ugly and slimy, but learning all those fun facts gave me a deeper appreciation for the majesty of evolution and the biology of these creatures.

I personally enjoyed the nature museum more than the art museum. However, they both can contribute to your understanding of life and nature. There are specific universalities to life that museums seem to capture in their art and exhibits. Anyone that wants to experience the good life must first learn to appreciate nature, and then spend time at a museum.

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