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Dippy on Tour comes to Dorset – The Excitement is Building!

With over six months still to go before the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the Diplodocus finally arrives in Dorset, his visit is already capturing the imagination of thousands of children throughout the South West of England with tickets being snapped up at record rates.

For dinosaur fanatics both young and old, the Dorset County Museum and The Jurassic Coast Trust are issuing a ‘gigantorsaurus’ invitation to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity.

Given the number of school tickets already pre-booked, Dorset County Museum is predicting that the Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure exhibition will break all previous box office records.

Whilst the projected visitor numbers are welcomed, Dr. Jon Murden, Director of Dorset County Museum is overjoyed by the enthusiasm of schools and their pupils to embrace this once in a generation opportunity.

“We have pupils from across the South West region, painting and modelling their own Dippys, and learning about where and how dinosaurs lived all those years ago. Some are already enrolled in the Big Jurassic Classroom initiative run by the Jurassic Coast Trust but many others are just MAD KEEN!  it’s just brilliant to see their enthusiasm and we can’t wait to welcome them here to the museum so they can see Dippy up close and personal".

“Can you imagine how these children are going to react when they walk into the Victorian Gallery for the first time to see Dippy towering over them. At over 4ms high, and 21ms in length he only just fits into the gallery- as the kids say it’s going to be awesome!

The general public ticket reservation site goes live at midday on Sunday 1st October.

Entrance to the Dippy Exhibition is FREE with visitors being allocated specific time slots on a first come first served basis, however visitors are advised to avoid disappointment and reserve their tickets as early as possible.

The UK Dippy on Tour has only been made possible with generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, says:

“Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the heart of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he works his way round the UK."

In addition to the Dippy on Tour exhibition, visitors can see the museum’s collection of rare dinosaur fossils and artefacts collected from the Jurassic Coastal shoreline including the fossilised skull of a Pliosaur, a crocodile like creature that lived in the waters around Dorset 155 million years ago. 

For the more active or energetic visitor, the Jurassic Coast Trust and their partners across the coast offer a range of guided tours, fossil hunting expeditions and coastal walks that bring this ancient land to life. Families can also sign up to the Jurassic Coast Trust's Go Jurassic Rangers club to receive exclusive Dippy on Tour rewards, plus access to a whole year’s worth of amazing Jurassic Coast experiences. Find out more at Go Jurassic Rangers

Published by Dorset County Museum Thursday 14th September 2017

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