coastal ecosystem exhibit
This was the first exhibit I visited at the Florida Museum of natural history. I liked this exhibit because it really immersed you in the wild Florida land you would find near the ocean. By using replicas, sounds, and a wooden platform, the creators of the this exhibit did a fantastic job in making you feel as if you were actually there. I learned that there are so many species of animals living around me that I never knew about!
ancient inhabitants exhibit
The second exhibit that I visited was the one that displayed the early works of civilization. Many of the artifacts fascinated me and I was surprised to learn how much simple technology the early inhabitants of Florida had. The indigenous people had such a strong connection with the natural world that I think many people do not have these days, as it is substituted with technology. Having a connection with nature is important, and the museum exhibits did a great job of giving you that connection.
My favorite exhibit in the entire museum was the butterfly garden. I have been to multiple museums around Florida, but nothing has given me the same experience as this garden. The amount of butterflies was astonishing, and I definitely spent the most amount of time out of any exhibit in this butterfly sanctuary. This exhibit gave me an interesting perspective on the biotic world and the unseen beauty it has. I have much more respect for nature after observing it so closely, and to my own surprise, I think I just might go back again.