The Dippy Effect

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Who would have thought that a skeleton of a prehistoric monster would be such a big visitor attraction?

Dippy on display at the NHM before going on tour – ever the centre of attention!

Obviously the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London staff did as did those museums around the country which were lucky enough to be on the visiting list of Dippy – the diplodocus that sat in the entrance lobby of the NHM for over a hundred years.

It isn’t even as though the skeleton is real. It’s a replica made of plaster of paris that Andrew Carnegie had made of the skeleton which is now in the US city of Pittsburgh. He presented it to the NHM and there it stayed until recently when it began a tour around the UK.

Until May 6th, Dippy is on display at the Kelvingrove in Glasgow. Surprisingly, you might think, in the first six weeks that Dippy was on show, visitor expectations were exceeded. Well over 300,000 people have so far visited and, given that we are no in the Easter holidays, this figure will be beaten especially if we have a few weather days that are dismal.

Dippy isn’t quite half way through its tour. It has already been to Dorset County Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (where I saw him along with a large number of school children that were trying to take selfies with it!) and the Ulster Museum. After Kelvingrove, Dippy moves on to the Great North Museum Hancock in Newcastle-upon Tyne, (18th May – 1st October) the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, (19th October 2019 – 26th January 2020)  Number One Riverside in Rochdale (10th February – 28th June 2020) and Norwich Cathedral from the 11th July – 31st October 2020.

By the time Dippy returns home it seems likely that a couple of million people will have seen him

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