Nature On Display
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 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.