This week marks the last chance to see the Natural History Museum London’s famous Diplodocus, Dippy the dinosaur, at the Ulster Museum.
After Sunday 6 January, National Museums NI will be bidding a fond farewell to Dippy when the 292-bone structure will be dismantled and packed into 16 crates to be transported in a specially-prepared vehicle to travel on to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the next leg of his UK wide tour.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has been brought about by the Natural History Museum, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill.
The 26-metre-long Diplodocus has been visited by tens of thousands of visitors since Dippy On Tour: A Natural History Adventure opened to the public on 28 September, fascinating children and adults from all over the country and further afield. An engaging exhibition, created by National Museums NI, accompanies Dippy and explores the uniqueness of our natural world and biodiversity across the island of Ireland where visitors can discover why so few dinosaur fossils have ever been found here.
Aaron Ward, Head of Creative Engagement at National Museums NI, comments – “The visitor response to Dippy has been phenomenal with well over 100,000 visitors having seen Dippy already. The Ulster Museum is the only venue on the island of Ireland to have Dippy the iconic dinosaur and we are grateful to the Natural History Museum London and tour partners for giving National Museums NI this fantastic opportunity.”
Aaron adds – “The exhibition at the Ulster Museum also showcases some of our own extensive natural science collections to new and first-time visitors to the Museum. It really is a fantastic experience for visitors of all ages to come and explore and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already visited not to miss the last chance to see Dippy before he leaves for Scotland.”
Belfast has been the third stop on an eight-venue-tour over almost three years which aims to introduce 1.5 million people to this fascinating exhibit, to inspire the next generation of scientists and to encourage families to explore nature on their doorstep.
The exhibition will be at the Ulster Museum until 6 January 2019. Admission to Dippy on Tour exhibition is free. For further information on the exhibition visit www.nmni.com/dippy
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure Tour Dates
- Dorset County Museum, 10 February – 7 May 2018
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 26 May – 9 September 2018
- Ulster Museum, 28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 22 January – 6 May 2019
- Great North Museum, Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, 18 May – 6 October 2019
- National Museum Cardiff, 19 October 2019 – 26 January 2020
- Number One Riverside, Rochdale, 10 February – 28 June 2020
- Norwich Cathedral, 11 July – 31 October 2020