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Catch Dippy the diplodocus on tour

Wednesday 04 Jan, 2017


One of London's cultural icons is going on tour next year, with a chance to see him in locations across Britain.

This week the Natural History Museum in south Kensington bid farewell to Dippy - its famous diplodocus.

Dippy has been standing in the museum's grand entrance and welcoming visitors for more than 30 years. He's also made several appearances on the big screen, featuring in films such as Paddington, Night at the Museum 3, and One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, among others.

The museum is replacing Dippy with a massive blue whale skeleton this summer. Museum experts, meanwhile, will be busy getting Dippy ready for his two-year tour, starting in 2018. You can see him at:

- South-west England: Dorset County Museum
- Central England: Birmingham Museum
- Northern Ireland: Ulster Museum
- Scotland: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
- North-east England: Great North Museum, Newcastle
- Wales: National Assembly of Wales, Cardiff
- North-west England: Number One Riverside, Rochdale
- Eastern England: Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk

Dates for each stop are yet to be confirmed, but Dippy will spend four to six months in each location.

The diplodocus arrived in London in 1905, and was gifted to the museum by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Dippy is actually a cast of a real skeleton uncovered in Wyoming in the United States.

Britain will host another exclusive dinosaur exhibition this summer in Nottingham in central England. Dinosaurs of China will feature fossils and specimens never seen before outside of Asia, and will highlight how dinosaur's evolved in to birds. 

For more information contact:

  • VisitBritain Media Team

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