Dippy on tour! First stop: Dorchester

Dippy on tour! First stop: Dorchester”

Dippy the Diplodocus - or at least that's what paleontologists think its name was - is about to begin its tour of the United Kingdom, where it'll spend the next three years being taken to bits and rebuilt in museums around the country.

It is the first time the has not before been publicly displayed outside the museum.

Standing in the Natural History Museum's entrance hall from 1979 to 2017, Dippy became an icon of London.

The huge dinosaur is an example of the Diplodocus carnegii species, which lived between 145 and 156 million years ago.

In its displayed pose, the skeleton - nicknamed Dippy - is more than 20m long, 4.3m wide and 4.17m high.

Dippy the Diplodocus on tour

Dippy, whose place in the NHM's great hall has been taken by Hope, the skeleton of a blue whale, will spend three months in Dorset before moving to seven other museums around Britain. But from today (09/02) starting at Dorchester, he embarks on a three-year tour around the country.

But after more than a century, he's back on the road. Please visit to reserve your slot.

Dippy the dinosaur is visiting Norwich Cathedral in 2020.

Roughly five million people are expected to see the skeleton on its tour.

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