Nature on Display:
Being given the opportunity to explore through this museum was not only an enlightening experience but an overall enjoyable one. Learning new facts is so interesting and leaves me feeling good about how I spent my day. While the museum as a whole was wonderful, I felt that the butterfly and deep sea exhibits piqued my interest the most. The butterfly exhibit, being the first one I experienced, was the most open and inviting. Upon entering I already felt excitement rush through my veins and my childhood curiosity got the best of me. The pictures of magnified butterflies were gorgeous and learning about how they grow and change in different seasons was so interesting to learn, especially since I never thought of butterflies changing how they grow in different seasons. The windows letting in natural light and the vivid interactive stations made it all the more enjoyable and magnificent. After looking through the variety of butterfly species, my roommate and I went out to the most interactive part of the whole experience, the butterfly forest, which was the most inclusive and up close way to learn. The butterflies soared above us and really made me much happier to be able to point out which species we just saw and knowing specific facts about each one. Being able to learn about the way their tongues roll up and unroll in order to such up nectar is very intriguing and ever more cool to see up close. Being a visual learner myself I like to be able to physically see something up close to fully understand. Also just finding out butterflies main function in nature itself was nice to find out and discover. The whole exhibit itself just made me feel included in on how butterflies work and what their main focus is in nature. It made me feel the most knowledgeable and excited to go through and experience first-hand.
The entire museum was all-together enjoyable, but I definitely had the most fun in the butterfly area of the museum. The way the museum is set up is very open and informational, but doesn't overwhelm the viewer trying to take in everything. It made for a very welcoming and educational experience that included visual learners as well as those who prefer the written word. The entire Florida Museum was inclusive and fun to go through, almost as if you aren't learning anything at all while still absorbing new knowledge like a sponge.