A lot of my childhood was spent exploring museums both on field trips and with my grandfather. I felt like a little kid again in this museum and it was amazing. When I saw the chance to literally go into one of the exhibits, my younger self pulled me into the little cave with him. The interactive displays of the museum also augmented my overall experience. As a child, my time was spent playing with my abundance of legos. This made me into a very tactile learner so being able to open up a panel on a log to learn about the prehistoric insects that abided in them cemented this knowledge more than reading it in any textbook.
Nature and the Human Spirit
I have been scuba certified for 6 years now and have travelled to the underwater planet on multiple occasions in multiple location. It is one of my favorite activities. There was a wing of the museum that gave the impression of being underwater. It used special blue lighting and oversized aquatic creatures to convey this. It brought me back to that planet and out of my ordinary student life. I was no longer a student completing an assignment, I became an explorer of the underwater world. On top of this, I was able to learn facts that I subconsciously associated with my memories of seeing the same creatures. The surface of the earth is over 70% water. Being 100 feet underwater and looking out over a cliff emphasizes the mystery of Earth. When all I can see is blue in all directions but behind me, the majesty of nature is evident to me. This wing was one of my favorites because of this affect. It forced me to reevaluate my importance in the world and just how small I really am comparatively.