4 museums where you'll encounter dinosaurs

Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.,

Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., offers an impressive collection of dinosaurs. (Credit: MCT)

It may be 65 million years since they became extinct, but you just can't keep a good dinosaur down. With the new 3-D movie "Walking With Dinosaurs" recently out, here are four places where you can encounter the creatures yourself.

YALE PEABODY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, New Haven, Conn. The Great Hall of Dinosaurs is the centerpiece of this university museum. Opened in 1926, it displays extensive fossils collected by Yale paleontologist O.C. Marsh, including skeletons of Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camarasaurus and Camptosaurus.

INFO $9, 203-432-5050, peabody.yale.edu

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SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, Washington, D.C. Marsh's fossil discoveries also form the core of the Smithsonian's collection. Look for the gigantic 90-foot-long Diplodocus longus, the huge toothless pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus with a 40-foot wingspan and a carnivorous Allosaurus posed to challenge a vegetable-eating Stegosaurus.

And check out the confrontation represented by the 40-foot-long, 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex facing off against Hatcher, a Triceratops discovered in 1891.

INFO Free, 202-633-1000, mnh.si.edu

ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF DREXEL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia Running through the end of March, the "Dinosaurs Unearthed" exhibit of moving, roaring, animatronic dinosaurs delivers a multisensory experience. The collection of more than a dozen scientifically accurate specimens are life-size, state-of-the-art performers, and they're just part of a larger exhibit that includes everything from dinosaur skeletons and fossil casts to interactive, hands-on displays.

INFO $20, 215-299-1000, ansp.org

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, New York Don't overlook this old standby, right in Manhattan. In 1895, Marsh's rival E.D. Cope sold his fossil collection to the museum, which today claims to have the world's largest dinosaur collection. Housed in two halls, the displays feature about 100 specimens, with 85 percent composed of actual fossils as opposed to casts. Highlights include Tyrannosaurus rex and the velociraptor.

INFO $22, 212-769-5100, amnh.org

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