Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, which has seen the dinosaur skeleton cast pop up in various locations around the UK, opened at the site on 18th May and has become the most popular temporary exhibition ever held by the institution.

107,944 visits over the six week holidays represents a significant spike in interest for Great North Museum: Hancock.

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Dippy has been in situ at Newcastle University’s Great North Museum: Hancock since May © Colin Davison

This marks the fifth juncture of Dippy’s tour, which began 2018 and is being run by Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation. The project was created with the goal of connecting 1.5 million people with Dippy and related lessons about the natural world.

Dippy’s UK tour

Prior to a fruitful stay at Great North Museum: Hancock, Dippy has been on display at:

Dorset County Museum

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Ulster Museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

The three remaining legs of the UK tour will be hosted by:

National Museum Cardiff

Number One Riverside, Rochdale

Norwich Cathedral

Caroline McDonald, manager of Great North Museum: Hancock, said the reaction to Dippy had been “phenomenal”. Thanks to Dippy, she added, “we are well ahead of our yearly visitor target and we have seen a big uplift in shop sales and donations. All of this helps us continue to deliver great cultural experiences for our visitors.

“We want to thank everyone that has supported us over the summer and encourage those who haven’t seen Dippy to come along to the museum before he leaves in October.”

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Lorraine Cornish, Natural History Museum's Head of Conservation, prepares Dippy's skull prior to the exhibition © Colin Davison

The exhibition closes on 6th October, when the 26-metre-long Diplodocus skeleton cast moves on to National Museum Cardiff, the sixth of eight stops on the UK tour. Before the iconic attraction is disassembled, a Silent Disco has been scheduled for 4th October; a final chance for the museum to give this year’s visitor figures a boost.

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