The Florida Museum of Natural History: Jump into the Past Caitlin Macfarlane

I found the design of this exhibit to be engaging, it truly pulls you into the environment as you feel as though you're walking into the forest despite the concrete at your feet. My attention was caught by the low hanging branches and bushes that you can simply reach out and touch. Through this exhibit I learned and realized how much time I spend indoors, separated from fresh air and the calming touch of nature's hands. Only with an exhibit that seems to embrace you from above was I able to most strongly recognize this. I was able to enjoy the presence of nature without going to far from my apartment and dealing with bugs. (Entrance to Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife Exhibition)
The Natural History Museum provides an outlet, in the center of a city, to step into the past and into nature regardless of life's time constraints. It helps us visualize and interpret the past and our ancestors by bringing them to life in the form of pieces such as this one. We can then appreciate our modern lifestyle today as well as critically rethink it by comparing, for example here, a simpler lifestyle which had a much less damaging effect on the Earth. Through the museum, we can observe time periods long past and take a glimpse into what life was like before in terms of humans and the environment and how the Earth has evolved, slowly but unfailingly bowing to Mother Nature and her eternal grasp. (South Florida People and Environments Exhibit)
The museum definitely gave me the opportunity to appreciate and understand nature the way Leopold recommends. I was able to appreciate snapshots of life as it would be, in pristine condition, without the damage we humans constantly and flippantly inflict. The peace exuded from this exhibit made me feel wistful and respectful of our planet and the beauty it so naturally creates. Walking throughout the exhibits and open spaces I felt sad and thought about seeing snippets of Earth as it should be knowing that it isn't as such in many places today. Other people seemed curious, quiet, and awestruck by the nuance naturally displayed by the planet. The museum gave each of its patrons the opportunity to observe, learn, and interact with many facets of its exhibits through guided tours and small informational posters. It also created a space that seemed to be melded with nature; trees hung low and foggy lights seemed to filter down between branches. After visiting, I would have to say the museum reaffirmed my commitment and desire to help secure a better future for this planet, our only home. (Fossil Hall: Evolution of Life & Land Exhibit)


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