Why is Dippy coming to Dorset?
Dippy always knew that many of the fossil marine reptiles at the Natural History Museum in London came from the Jurassic Coast, the birthplace of palaeontology. After years listening to how brilliant it is, he has finally decided to take the trip to find out for himself. There is so much to explore on the Jurassic Coast … 12 weeks might not be enough!
Tomorrow's Museum for Dorset
Dippy on Tour will be the last temporary exhibition to be hosted by Dorset County Museum before we close certain sections of the galleries for a major refurbishment. When the Museum reopens in 2020, it will be a world-class contemporary museum and exhibition space, complete with new galleries, a learning centre, collections storage, library and visitor facilities including a café and shop. The sensitive yet contemporary redevelopment of the current site will transform Dorset County Museum – Making Dorset Proud.
It’s been 8 weeks since Dippy the Diplodocus, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 26-metre cast dinosaur, arrived in Dorset on the first stop of his UK tour. Today, 4-year old Benjamin from Poundbury in Dorchester was Dippy’s 100,000th guest.
To coincide with the Easter Holidays and also Natural History Museum’s exhibition ‘Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure families will have the opportunity to join in with exciting dinosaur-themed family activities and competitions.
To mark the historic arrival of Dippy the Diplodocus and thousands of visitors to Dorset County Museum, the town and local shop keepers are quite literally putting the welcome flags out. In a unique collaborative venture, The Dorchester Business Improvement District (BID) has agreed to support the Dorset County Museum and its hosting of Dippy by providing visitors with a range of visitor ‘Dippy Deals’.
Harry Swift from Eastleigh in Hampshire was drawn at random from hundreds of budding scientists to help assist the reconstruction of Dippy the Diplodocus at Dorset County Museum.