These Two Museums Are Pitting Their Exhibits Against Each Other

The London Natural History Museum and Science Museum have been vividly imagining a melee between their exhibits, like some sort of fantasy draft for a Night at the Museum sequel, and I’m all about it.

It all started when user @bednarz asked the two museums who would win in a “staff battle” between them.

The Natural History Museum was quick to jump in with their dinosaurs, but the Science Museum fired back with technology.




From there, the battle descended into the fantasy and steampunk matchups of your dreams, like sea dragons versus bathyscaphes:


Or the mad scientist match-up of the century – revived dinos versus 3D-printed dinos:


Or more generic feats of human ingenuity, like fleas versus flea traps:


You can read the whole Twitter thread here.

Now, this begs the question: which museums would you like to see take each other on next? Which collections would produce the best battles? The longest-lasting ones?

At first thought, my money’s on Maine’s cryptozoology museum (though it’s quite small), the Terracotta Army museum in Xian, China (because, come on! Mini army!), or the Metropolitan Museum in New York City (because I’d want to go full “Treguna Mekoides and Trecorum Satis Dee” on that arms and armor exhibit). But I’m sure the TMS readers can come up with even better suggestions.

(Via Daily Dot; public domain image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949 (49.97.348))

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