Dippy on display in the Waterhouse Gallery with their shadow cast on the wall behind.

Dippy Returns: The Nation's Favourite Dinosaur

This exhibition is now closed.

Dippy Returns: The Nation's Favourite Dinosaur was open from 27 May 2022 to 2 January 2023.

Dippy, the nation's favourite dinosaur, was back for a short visit.

Dippy was the first Diplodocus (DIP-low-DOCK-us) to go on display anywhere in the world when it was gifted to the Museum in 1905. It quickly became a star, capturing hearts and imaginations.

Dippy then left the Museum in 2017 to complete a whirlwind tour of the UK.

Throughout the journey, Dippy witnessed the changing state of nature and how the UK's biodiversity is in sharp decline. Dippy's tour also gave us a much-needed reminder of the joy we can find in our local landscapes - from embracing the quiet of a woodland to noticing birdsong in a busy park.

In thuis display, you could experience Dippy's memories of nature throughout the UK and see how different communities are connecting with it.


Members get priority access

Become a Member to see Dippy during exclusive viewing hours, hear talks from our palaeontologists and for access to other special events.


We aim to provide the widest possible access to Dippy Returns, including the availability of:

For more information, visit Access at South Kensington.

Stories about Dippy

Discover the many stories of this specimen, from its early stardom to more recent adventures, and find out what other dinosaurs lived 155-145 million years ago during the Jurassic Period.