Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, which prior to this tour has never been seen outside of London, has taken up residency in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. He will be in Birmingham from until September 9th, before sailing across the Irish Sea to Belfast.
Dippy’s unveiling in Birmingham follows his popular stay at Dorset Country Museum, the tour’s first stop, where visitor numbers exceeded 150,000 people, more than trebling their annual figures in less than three months.
Director of the Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon says: “Dippy’s success in Dorset was beyond all our expectations and he looks set to make a similar impact in Birmingham. We hope our iconic dinosaur cast will help open children’s eyes to the joys of nature on their doorstep and encourage them to explore, discover and protect the world around them.”
After he’s finished in the Midlands, Dippy will take in Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Rochdale and Norwich before heading home to London at the end of 2020.
Never before on public display outside of the Natural History Museum, Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905. The full 292-bone skeleton in its displayed pose is an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.17 metres high.