The Florida Museum of Natural History By: Sarah michaud

Posing in the Butterfly Rainforest. Photograph by Aaron Asch. January 29, 2017.

Nature on Display

The exhibit I found the most interesting and captivating was the Butterfly Rainforest. I found the design of this exhibit to be so appealing because it was very natural. I learned a lot more about butterflies through this exhibit because it was more interactive and thus more interesting to read the signs throughout the garden. Through the signs I learned more about the different species of butterflies and what their different colors and wings mean. I may not have been as invested in learning about butterflies had it just have been inanimate pictures or preserved butterflies. I found it enjoyable to walk through this garden with my friends and search for butterflies amongst the beautiful plants and streams.

Posing in front of the Energy Future home. Photo by Aaron Asch. January 29, 2017.

Nature and Ethics

The Natural History Museum allows its audience to view the exhibits and experience nature in ways that Leopold recommends. All of the exhibits demonstrate the importance of the preservation of the natural environment. The promote the view of the "biotic community" and influence the audience to begin to show more love, respect and admiration towards nature and animals. The museum also goes a step further to educate its audience on how to become more environmentally efficient. For example, they display a home that it completely efficient, which is in the photograph above. As I went through the museum I felt more connected to nature, as the exhibits were very interactive, even though I was inside a man-made building. It helped me sense the beauty of nature, and made me feel more inclined to take action in doing my part to conserve the future of the natural world.

Posing in the Estuary Close-Up walkthrough. Photographs by Sarah Michaud and Aaron Asch. January 29, 2017.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The Natural History Museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives through its interactive and mystical exhibits. Each exhibit brings you into the setting and environment of the things they are trying to display. For example, the estuary close-up is a walkthrough exhibit that makes you feel as if you are a small creature in the bottom of an estuary. It gives you the view point of a small fish, and for that moment allows you to step out of your life and into something totally different and natural. Another example is the bat cave, where you are able to walk through a dark tunnel into a cave where there is lighting and noises that replicate natural caves in real life. It allows you to experience something so mysterious and natural without having to leave the museum. These exhibits help the viewers appreciate their natural beauty, and influence the viewers to want to preserve these natural environments in the real word.

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