Museums engage in Twitter showdown

The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are involved in an awesome internet battle.

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The museums almost called the showdown a draw, until the Science Museum remembered its 3D-printed dinosaur © Science Museum

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Two of the biggest museums in the UK have locked horns on social media after a user, @bednarz, asked, “Who would win in a staff battle between [the Science Museum] and [the Natural History Museum (NHM)], what exhibits/items would help you be victorious?”

The question was asked as part of a popular Twitter hashtag, #askacurator, which encourages engagement between museum curators and the public on the social media platform.

The showdown was kicked off with the NHM’s response, “We have dinosaurs. No contest.”

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The Science Museum responded to the NHM, starting the social media battle between the two museums © Science Museum

This lead to a series of tweets from both museums, featuring a range of exhibits and specimens from their collections, including vampire fish, goliath beetles and lava (NHM), a merman, antique fire engines and a 3D printed dinosaur (Science Museum).

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Some of the tweets during the social media exchange © NHM and Science Museum

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