Published on 25/05/18

DIPPY THE DIPLODOCUS HAS ARRIVED IN BIRMINGHAM: DIPPY ON TOUR OPENS ON SATURDAY

As part of Dippy on Tour, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dippy is taking up residency in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 26th May until Sunday 9th September. This will be the only chance to see the 292-piece skeleton on display in the Midlands.

To make sure Dippy is ready to greet thousands of visitors, the final bone was put carefully in place by pupils from Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy in Aston, Birmingham. The school works in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust across many areas and the Year 4 pupils were extremely excited to get a preview of the exhibition before it opened to the public.

90,000 tickets have already been booked to see Dippy in Birmingham. To guarantee entry, free tickets must be booked at birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/dippy-on-tour-a-natural-history-adventure.

A limited number of walk up slots will be available every day for visitors without a ticket, but as the exhibition is expected to be busy, visitors are advised that there may be queues.

Dippy is part of a wider exhibition on display throughout the Gas Hall which explains how Dippy might have been the end of the line for herbivorous dinosaurs but the meat-eating dinosaurs continued to evolve – birds are dinosaurs. Bringing Birmingham’s colourful bird collection back to BMAG for the first time in nearly 20 years, the exhibition will show the amazing diversity of modern birds and how they evolved to become one of the most successful groups of animals inhabiting almost every part of the world from the oceans of Antarctica to tropical rainforests.

Visitors, old and young, will be astounded by the comparison of Dippy’s vast size to one of the smallest birds in the exhibition, a hummingbird.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism Michael Ellis said: “Dippy the Diplodocus is the UK’s most famous dinosaur and this tour will bring huge benefits to Birmingham. Not only will it boost visitor numbers to the city, but I hope it will inspire future generations to learn more about science and the natural world. We are committed to making our national collections as accessible as possible, and this tour will ensure Dippy can be seen by millions of people across the country.”

Gurminder Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, says: “Dippy is finally here and we can’t wait for visitors to see him! We are delighted to be the second venue outside of London to be hosting the famous dinosaur cast and we hope after seeing Dippy that visitors are inspired to find out more about the amazing nature on their doorstep. Dippy starts a vital conversation about the importance of caring for our natural world and it’s great to be making the connection to the city’s vibrant bird collection.”

Janine Eason, Director of Engagement at Birmingham Museums, says: “Dippy inspired me as a child on visits to the Natural History Museum and we are thrilled that visitors to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will get to have that same exciting experience while he is with us until September.
“We are delighted that the Natural History Museum chose Birmingham Museum Trust to host Dippy as part of the tour, reflecting our commitment to learning, our highly skilled team, and our track record in attracting high numbers of visitors.”