The Natural History Museum’s Diplodocus has returned from its UK tour and will be going on display again inside the museum, for the rest of this year.
Dippy first arrived at the Museum back in 1905, after King Edward VII remarked how much he’d like to obtain a Diplodocus specimen while visiting the home of the millionaire industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie, who owned the bones of a specimen found in Wyoming in 1899, duly commissioned a replica.
Dippy was hidden in the basement during World War Two, but re-emerged once hostilities had ended. Since then, they have starred in films such as Paddington and One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, and cemented his celebrity status by making the move to Hintze Hall in 1979.
The cast made way for the flying whale in 2017, and has been on a UK tour since then, to let more people see the famous dinosaur, and helping lots of local museums and venues raise a lot of money from the surge in visitors.
Now that it’s back in London, Dippy will go on display in the Natural History Museum’s Waterhouse Gallery, which is the space used by the museum for their temporary exhibitions. In addition to seeing the dinosaur, you can see Dippy’s memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.
Dippy will be on display from Friday 27th May until Christmas 2022. The exhibition is free, but you need to book tickets in advance from here.