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It’s your last chance to catch Dippy on Tour at the Great North Museum: Hancock.
Dippy, the 26-metre-long Diplodocus skeleton cast on loan from London’s Natural History Museum, has been here in Newcastle all summer-long but the exhibition closes in a matter of weeks, on Sunday 6 October 2019.
Since opening in May, Dippy: A Natural History Adventure has become the most popular temporary exhibition ever held at the Great North Museum: Hancock, attracting more than 100,000 visitors.
It’s difficult to picture the sheer scale of this 4.25 metre high replica dinosaur until you see it in person. It’s impressive, and both children and adults alike will be in awe!
It’s no surprise to hear that Dippy was a bonafide media star and crowd pleaser down in London. It was the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s One of our Dinosaurs is Missing and even starred in Paddington and Night at the Museum 3.
Having such as iconic exhibit here on our doorstep to captivate a new generation is a real treat.
About Dippy the dinosaur
Made up of 292 bones – Dippy is an exact plastic replica of a fossilised skeleton found in Wyoming, USA in 1898 and was gifted to the UK by Scottish-born businessman Andrew Carnegie. It first arrived from America in 1905 and was a star attraction at the Natural History Museum for more than 100 years.
More recently, Dippy has been galavanting the country, visiting cities such as Birmingham and Glasgow. Its next stop is Cardiff and once the tour comes to an end, the skeleton is set to be re-cast in bronze and take up residency in the landscaped gardens outside the Natural History Museum.
But back to Dippy’s stint here in the Toon…to bid farewell to the dinosaur in style, the Hancock museum is organising a silent disco on the evening of Friday 4 October, priced at only £4 per person. Alternatively, head along to the museum during normal opening hours for free – pre-booking a slot online is recommended.
For more information about Dippy on Tour, visit greatnorthmuseum.org.uk.