NATURE ON DISPLAY
During my visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History, there were many times that I felt very immersed in the natural world, seeing it in a memorable way that was informative as well as entertaining. The exhibits recreated natural settings in immersive ways, making me feel as if I was not only present in the environment, but also as if I was a participant in the ecosystem that I was learning about. The exhibit that did this the most for me was the aquatic life exhibit. It was appealing because its design was the most effective in making me feel as if I was actually within the ecosystem because the room was lit to feel as if one was underwater, and all the aquatic life was up-scaled by a factor of six. It captured my attention by immediately changing my surroundings into a 360-degree view of the world in a way that I could never see it in real life. Through this, along with the write-ups in the exhibit, I learned about the workings of an aquatic ecosystem in a very personal way, where I could look up and see what I was learning about, allowing me to understand the information on a visceral level that would not be possible in another medium.