Dippy the Diplodocus, who stole the hearts of museum-goers in the North East, is moving to Cardiff after a record-breaking stay in Newcastle.
Between 18 May and 6 October 2019, the colossal 292-bone dinosaur skeleton took a holiday in Newcastle University’s Great North Museum: Hancock, a break from his home in the Natural History Museum in London.
The Dippy exhibition drew an amazing 304,117 visitors to the museum
The Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure exhibition drew an amazing 304,117 visitors to the Museum between May and October, a 51% increase compared to the previous decade.
The exhibition has now visited five venues, Newcastle included, and is set to begin its sixth adventure, out of eight, in the National Museum, Cardiff, very soon.
A guest to three weddings in just five months, and visited by two-hundred and six schools, Dippy wasted none of his time in Newcastle.
Dippy has had an enormously positive effect on the museum
The manager at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Caroline McDonald, has described their time with the dino as “Incredible”, and said that “Dippy has had an enormously positive effect on the museum, with attendance, donations, retail sales and catering sales all well up on target.”.
McDonald also spoke out about the positive financial effects of the exhibit: “We expect the benefit to the local economy to be upwards of £1 million.”
London’s Natural History Museum’s director, Sir Michael Dixon, is delighted at the enthusiasm from so many children, who have been given the opportunity to “discover the wonders of natural history” through visiting the exhibition.
Dixon beamed, “We are particularly delighted to hear that, in Newcastle, with Dippy’s help, thousands of school children have learned about climate change and the problems our planet is facing right now.”
More than ten thousand school children from across the North East have now befriended Dippy
More than ten thousand school children from across the North East have now befriended Dippy, and throughout all five venues visited so far, a whopping 1.4 million people have now seen Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure.
One Newcastle University student said of the exhibition, “It was engaging and enjoyable because it highlighted the issues of climate change in a simple yet effective way, so people of all ages could understand it” .
Hopefully Dippy will have a safe journey down to Wales, resting up in the 16 crates and special vehicles he is now packed up in.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure will open in National Museum Cardiff on Saturday 19th of October 2019.
Last modified: 22nd October 2019