Famous Dinosaur Heading Your Way!
Formany visitors to London’s Natural History Museum, probably the most famous exhibit is the immense skeleton of the diplodocus dinosaur, known as “Dippy”, which dominates the main entrance hall.
This year the plaster-cast model, which measures 69 feet in length, is temporarily leaving the capital to embark on a nationwide tour.
Dippy will start his incredible journey by going on display at Dorset County Museum, followed by other venues including: Birmingham Museum; Great North Museum, Newcastle; Number One Riverside, Rochdale; and Norwich Cathedral.
The touring exhibition will last until 2020, but staff at the Natural History Museum are keen to stress that their most popular exhibit will return to his London home and continue to appear as a star attraction.
During Dippy’s absence, his prominent position will be filled by an equally impressive exhibit: the skeleton of a blue whale, which is more than 100 years old.
The four and a half ton creature was beached at Wexford in Ireland and was acquired by the Museum in 1881. It first went on show there in 1935. In its new display it will be dramatically suspended in its diving pose above the heads of visitors in the entrance hall.
The exhibit changes are part of a major front-of-house makeover for the Natural History Museum.
For further details see: www.nhm.ac.uk .
The Natural History Museum in London is unveiling its new entrance display, while one of its best-loved exhibits goes on a nationwide tour.