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Dippy is coming to Rochdale

About Dippy on tour

Diplodocus dinosaurThe Natural History Museum's​ famous dinosaur, Dippy the Diplodocus is leaving the museum for the first time to go a on a tour of the UK, and Rochdale has been selected as 1 of just 8 venues which will host him during the tour.

The iconic exhibit will start his tour in 2018 and will take pride of place in the award-winning Number One Riverside​​​​​​, Smith Street, Rochdale​ from February 2020 to June 2020.​

Number One Riverside is our main council building, which houses Rochdale Central Library and our customer service centre.

The main aim of the tour is to inspire the next generation of scientists by giving them access to fantastic, nationally-important exhibits like Dippy.

A selection of activities for both young and old will be organised to coincide with Dippy’s visit to Rochdale, his only stop in the North West of England.

​​With the help of our partner, Link4​Li​​fe​ we aim to engage thousands of children and adults from across the whole region and we'll keep you posted on our activity programme as it develops.

Who is Dippy?

Diplodocus dinosaur skull.

Dippy is a replica of a Diplodocus dinosaur, which was unearthed in Wyoming, North America, in 1898. The original Diplodocus, which is thought to be between 152 and 154 million-years-old, is in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, North America.

A replica, now known as Dippy, was created and first unveiled to the public at the Natural History Museum in London in 1905. He’s wowed millions of visitors from around the world ever since.

​​You can find out more about Dippy’s story on the National History Museum websi​​​te

​Dippy's tour dates​​

January 2018 - May 2018 Dorset County Museum
​May 2018 - September 2018 Birmingham Gas H​​all
September 2018 - January 2019 Ulster Mus​​eum​
January 2019 - May 2019 Glasgow Kelvingrove Art Ga​llery and Museum
May 2019 - ​​​October 2019 Newcastle Great North Mus​​eum
October 2019 - January 2020 National Assembly of Wa​​les
February 2020 - June 2020 Number One Riverside Rochdale​
July 2020 - November 2020 Norwich Cathe​​​dral

An opportunity for organisations to get involved

We'd love to work with organisations from across the region, including museums, schools and universities, to ensure as many people as possible can see Dippy in Rochdale and we can raise the profile of science and natural history. 

Sponsorship packages are available for businesses who'd like to get involved in our celebration. Contact us to find out more.​​

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