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Look out for a dinosaur near you

The UK’s favourite dinosaur, Dippy the Diplodocus, is taking a tour of the country.


This famous dino was the first thing you saw when you walked into London’s Natural History Museum, and there was a lot of him to see –26 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.17 metres high.

Dippy was always a very popular exhibit and now he will be travelling around some of the country’s favourite museums – imagine seeing that going past you on the motorway!

Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum, says: “Making iconic items accessible to as many people as possible is at the heart of what museums give to the nation.

“We wanted Dippy to visit unusual locations so he can draw in people who may not traditionally visit a museum, and we’ve made sure he will still be free to view at each stop on his tour.

“Dippy has a special place in all our hearts – few museum objects are better known, and fewer still can better evoke the awesome diversity of species that have lived on Earth.”

Dippy’s first stop on the tour was the Dorset County Museum, where he will stay until May. His tour will continue until 2020, after which he will return to the Natural History Museum. His place in the museum entrance hall has been taken by the skeleton of a diving blue whale.

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