Fa­mous Di­nosaur Head­ing Your Way!

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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 .

DOROTHY BURROWS

The Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don is un­veil­ing its new en­trance dis­play, while one of its best-loved ex­hibits goes on a na­tion­wide tour.

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