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The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy is touring the UK from early 2018.  And we’re thrilled to have been selected from hot competition as his first stop on that tour!

Coming to see Dippy will be a FREE and unique opportunity, so advanced booking is strongly advised as we expect this to be one popular exhibition.  You’ll be able to book online from August 2017.

There will be lots of Dippy-themed events going on at the Museum and also across Dorset (thanks to our partners the Jurassic Coast Trust) that we’d love you to take part in.  Keep an eye on our website nearer the time.

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Keep an eye on our website nearer the time, or sign up to our e-bulletins to keep up to date with Dippy’s journey to Dorset, and to be first to know when bookings open. 


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!

Find out more about Dippy’s story







Moving Diplodocus men hauling torso & legs across east Waterhouse corridor in the Natural History Museum, London.

NHM © 2016

Unique Volunteering Opportunities

Fancy getting involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in your local museum with such a famous national icon?  Then get in touch!  We’re expecting big crowds to come and see Dippy in his temporary Dorset home.  That means we’ll be looking for volunteers to help us in lots of different roles from Front of House to stewarding in the galleries to running family craft activities.  In return for your help, you’ll get training (and useful work experience), a snazzy uniform to wear and stories to dine out on.  If you’re over 18 and you’d like to be involved, we’d love to hear from you no matter what your age or experience.   

Contact Cathy now to register your interest volunteeringasst@dorsetcountymuseum.org

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.

Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset

Cross-Section Artist Impression of Dorset County Museum Redevelopment Project

Carmody Groarke © 2015