After a journey taking in eight different venues and more than two million visitors since beginning in February 2018, Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has come to an end and the nation’s favourite dinosaur will be returning to the Natural History Museum in summer 2022 for an exciting new temporary installation.
The free to visit installation planned to run from Summer 2022 through to Christmas the same year will celebrate the achievements of the tour and the venues that hosted Dippy on Tour, as well as give people the opportunity to see Dippy in its full glory, back at its original home, the Natural History Museum in London.
Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum, said:
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure was brought to visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill.
Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said:
During the tour, Dippy has visited every country in the UK, spending time in Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cardiff, Rochdale, and Norwich, where he is currently being uninstalled in Norwich Cathedral – the first cathedral ever to host the 26-metre-long Diplodocus cast.
Arts Minister Lord Parkinson said:
Across the eight venues, Dippy on Tour has had over two million visitors, far outstripping the initial goal of 1.5 million set at the start of the tour. Individual venues have also reported huge demand, in the wake of what was dubbed the “Dippy effect” by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) after Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery attracted 140,000 additional visitors to Birmingham’s city centre while hosting Dippy, with these visitors ultimately spending £4.2 million in the city.
At Dorset County Museum, yearly visitor numbers tripled in under three months with Dippy being seen by 153,189 people, providing a £2.25 million boost to the local economy. Belfast’s Ulster Museum reported their highest number of visitors ever for an exhibition in a single day (4,200) and received 131,902 visitors overall during Dippy’s visit to Northern Ireland.
In Glasgow, Dippy on Tour was the most successful temporary exhibition in over a decade. Newcastle also saw a boost of 51% in visitor numbers on average, with 304,928 people visiting the exhibition. At the National Museum Cardiff, 213,740 visitors came to marvel at the well-travelled Diplodocus cast, an increase of 42% on average when compared with the previous year.
At Rochdale 80% of surveyed visitors had never seen Dippy before, and 94% visited the venues specifically to see Dippy, demonstrating the value of the tour in reaching new audiences. While Norwich’s exhibition has not yet finished, they have already reported their most successful summer ever.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said:
Further details of Dippy’s return to the Natural History Museum will be announced in the coming months.