Tour of FLMNH By Claire Weaver

Nature On Display

(1) An enlarged model of Chrysaora quinquecirrha, Florida Museum of Natural History. Viewed 17 January 2017. (2) An enlarged model of Lutjanus griseus. Florida Museum of Natural History. Viewed 17 January 2017. (3) Picture of a Sea turtle at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Viewed 17 January 2017.

The underwater portion of the Museum of Natural History is a very creative way to immerse the viewer in the environment. By enlarging all their models, and by applying low blue lights, they mimicked the underwater experience, which sets the exhibit apart for all their other setups. The wing of the museum started with these gigantic jaws, which were impossible to ignore. Small exhibits don't tend to capture the attention and imagination of the masses as much as a larger setup, so it was very smart to magnify the likeness of these animals so that they were not skimmed over. I learned that the medium of the exhibition is very important. The illusion of being underwater really allowed me to understand the material in a way I might not have if it was just some shark teeth lined up in a row. The creativity of this underwater portion was extremely enjoyable, and was my favorite part of the visit.

Nature and Ethics

The illustrious gardens of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Viewed 17 January 2017.

The museum had a variety of live and model-oriented exhibits. This allowed for the appreciation and understanding of biotic organisms - even humans. The calming, and beautiful sights of the butterflies instilled awe in the viewers. This love of these delicate creatures do add a sort of willingness to nurture these creatures. By allowing students to see these gardens, and making them open to the public, it added a very open feeling to the environment. The multiple guides in the gardens were very helpful, and imparted some good information to the masses. The museum did not necessarily instill that ethical responsibility, but that is because at the University of Florida, running into nature and a person's responsibilities is inevitable. This responsibility was already present due to different biology faculty.

Nature and The Human Spirit

(1) A model of the mangroves found in Florida. Viewed at the Florida Museum of Natural History. (2)Seeing a sunset for the first time. (3) Skeleton of a Wooly Mammoth. (4) A massive set of Jaws at the Florida Museum of History. Viewed 17 January 2017

Our usual lives are tied to society, which in turn is tied to our structures, which don't incorporate many biotic elements - at least that we can see. Many of the exhibits display organisms that are not accessible to us in our daily lives. This sort of exposure allows us to step out of our daily lives. In our world, we consider ourselves separate, but when in the presence of nature, which is complex and still a mystery after all this time, we feel more a part of our surroundings. The grandness of the models, the biotic exhibits, and the ambiance of the exhibits show the majesty of this world.

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