Nature on Display
The exhibit that most captured my attention was the Eremotherium eomigrans (giant ground sloth) exhibit. I found the design of the exhibit to be super intriguing due to the lighting cast on the sloth, which made it look eerie. The exhibit itself was really striking due to the height of the sloth and its enormous size. I learned from the exhibit just how large the Eremotherium eomigrans was. Any other medium would have given me just the dimensions of the sloth, but standing there beneath it was a unique experience. By being there I truly understood just how large the animal was. I really enjoyed seeing this part of the museum since I did not know that giant sloths existed. I also got to do the sloth pose with the giant sloth.
Nature and Ethics
The museum itself was a great way to experience nature in a really personal way. I loved the mural of the forests and seeing all the trees. As I went through the museum I felt a sense of wonder, like a kid in a candy shop. I haven't been to a nature museum in many years and I loved every second of it. The museum was dark at many points, especially around the fossils, which gave it an ominous and creepy feeling. The areas where the plants and trees were displayed were very bright and beautiful and inspired a sense of wonder. As I walked through the museum I thought about how cool the world is. There's just so much stuff out there and I got to see and experience so much in such a short amount of time. Other people seemed to rush quickly through the exhibits, like they were on a mission to just get the assignment over with. I was able to especially connect with nature through the butterfly garden. As I went through the museum I felt closer to the natural world and felt like I was a part of something larger.
Nature and the Human Spirit
The Natural History Museum helped me step out of my ordinary life by bringing back to nature and the wonders of the natural world. As a student at UF its rare that I walk around observing the natural world. Normally all I see are buildings and concrete. I don't take time to wonder about the universe and marvel at its mystery. Being at the museum inspired a better appreciation of the natural world.