Dippy on tour
The Museum's famous Diplodocus is going on tour.
The beloved dinosaur will travel the length and breadth of the UK from early 2018 to late 2020.
The Diplodocus skeleton cast, affectionately known as Dippy, is encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.
Dippy's tour will explore the UK's past, present and future natural history. It will help young people to connect with the natural world and gain a deeper understanding of it through science.
Having delighted visitors since arriving in London in 1905, Dippy will be on public display outside the capital for the first time.
Dippy will visit Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and five regions across England.
The skeleton will be on show at:
- Dorset County Museum
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
- Ulster Museum
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
- Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
- National Assembly for Wales
- Number One Riverside, Rochdale
- Norwich Cathedral
Each partner will use Dippy's visit to showcase their local nature and natural history collections, building partnerships between regional cultural, scientific and wildlife organisations.
With support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the tour will draw attention to the rich array of past and present UK biodiversity.
Dippy's last day on show in London will be 4 January 2017. Conservators will then spend 12 months preparing the delicate plaster-of-Paris cast for its journey.
The story of Dippy
The skeleton cast was presented to the Museum by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in May 1905, but didn't make the move to the iconic Hintze Hall until 1979.
The Diplodocus has since been the first sight to greet Museum visitors as they pass through the main entrance on Cromwell Road.
Already an inspiration to a generation of scientists, Dippy will soon have the opportunity to fascinate new crowds of adults and children alike.
'We wanted Dippy to visit unusual locations so he can draw in people who may not traditionally visit a museum.
'Making iconic items accessible to as many people as possible is at the heart of what museums give to the nation, so we have ensured that Dippy will still be free to view at all tour venues.'
- Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon.