The wait is finally over as Dippy the Diplodocus completes his journey from Dorset to Birmingham where he will make Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery his new home until September.
Dorset Country Museum and the Jurassic Coast Trust have officially marked the handover to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Never before seen outside of London, Dippy, has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905.
The Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation is working with eight partners UK wide to tour one of its most iconic exhibits, with the aim of 1.5 million people across the UK seeing Dippy in person. Dippy will travel the length and breadth of the UK, visiting Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and five regions across England over the next two years.
The full skeleton cast in its displayed pose is an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high.
Dippy’s stint in Birmingham doesn’t stop at the exhibition itself though. He will be accompanied by an exciting and engaging exhibition which will bring the city’s extensive bird collection back to the museum for the first time in 20 years, showcasing the evolution of dinosaurs to the birds we know today. Other star exhibits include a velociraptor cast, a cast of a dinosaur nest and a real Great auk, the famous bird which became extinct in the mid-19th century.
Throughout the museum, there are plenty of dino-fuelled activities to join in with. Fun for all ages, try out your hand (or spade) at palaeontology with an exciting Dino Dig, or step back 156 million years to the late Jurassic period and explore Dippy’s past with the curator’s tours.
Dippy the Diplodocus will be on display from 26 May – 9 September. To book your FREE ticket to see Dippy, visit the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery website www.birminghammuseums.org.uk. Each slot is approximately 45 minutes long.