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Comparing London's Natural History Museum to Others in the US

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I don't know if this is feasible, but has anyone been to multiple natural history museums to be able to compare/contract them to the one in London? How much time do you need for the one in London? Some say a whole day. It is broken into zones and the Darwin Cocoon is located in one of the zones. How long does that typically take to view? What is your favorite part or section of the museum?

For instance the American Museum of Natural History in New York, has a 94ft replica of a blue whale, has many dinosaur skeletons, has an extensive rock and mineral collection, a space exhibit and a planetarium and also has a butterfly house. They house many collections and the museum is so vast, it is hard to see it all in one day. Is the blue whale skeleton in the natural history museum in London a real skeleton or also a replica? I understand the museum in London also houses a rock and mineral collection, a butterfly house, an exhibit on space. Very similar sounding to the one in NY.

The Field Museum in Chicago has one big dinosaur skeleton named Sue and has a big entry hall but quite frankly we were a bit disappointed overall. I guess we were expecting it to be the size and scale of the one in NY and it wasn't. It is a nice enough museum and certainly has a strong reputation for being one of the best in the nation but we enjoyed the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry better than the Field Museum of Natural History.

For dinosaur skeletons the place to be is the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh. I think it has one of the largest dinosaur collections I have seen anywhere.

The Natural History museum in Washington D.C. is equally as impressive for their collections of insects, dinosaurs. etc.

The one in San Diego by the Exhibition Center is cute but rather small and the entire museum can be seen in an hour or two.

Just curious to find out if anyone who has visited both the London museum and any of the others I mentioned above can give a bit of a comparison. Much appreciated.

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