Meet Glasgow’s newest celebrity: Dippy the diplodocus

19 February 2019

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Kelvingrove Museum where Dippy is currently on display. Photograph: Emma Lawson

Dippy the dinosaur arrived in Glasgow in January as part of his tour travelling around the United Kingdom with the aim to help educate and inspire a new generation and has since been a roaring success.

Dippy has been visited by thousands of people since he begun his tour around the UK in 2018. The 21.3 metre long replica dinosaur has gathered a legion of fans since he was first revealed to the public in 1905. He has also starred in a variety of films such as Night at the Museum and Paddington.

It was announced in 2015 that Dippy was to be replaced by a blue whale. The announcement was followed by a large outcry of public protest. A Twitter account was set up in Dippy’s honour to help save him.

Dippy was named after Scotsman Andrew Carnegie, who financed the excavation of the original fossil in Wyoming in 1899. Carnegie went on to give seven different replicas of the diplodocus that are on display around the world in France, Germany and Russia. Accompanying Dippy on Tour is an exhibition of Carnegie’s work.

Since beginning his tour, Dippy has proven popular and it was revealed that over 100,000 visitors came to see him at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. His popularity has continued to grow since arriving in Glasgow.

Visitor numbers have increased at Kelvingrove Museum since Dippy’s arrival with 24,000 visitors in just the first weekend.

Dippy the dinosaur at Kelvingrove Gallery. Photograph: Dora Pongracz

Photograph: Emma Lawson

Dippy the dinosaur arrived in Glasgow in January as part of his tour travelling around the United Kingdom with the aim to help educate and inspire a new generation and has since been a roaring success.

Dippy has been visited by thousands of people since he begun his tour around the UK in 2018. The 21.3 metre long replica dinosaur has gathered a legion of fans since he was first revealed to the public in 1905. He has also starred in a variety of films such as Night at the Museum and Paddington.

It was announced in 2015 that Dippy was to be replaced by a blue whale. The announcement was followed by a large outcry of public protest. A Twitter account was set up in Dippy’s honour to help save him.

Dippy was named after Scotsman Andrew Carnegie, who financed the excavation of the original fossil in Wyoming in 1899. Carnegie went on to give seven different replicas of the diplodocus that are on display around the world in France, Germany and Russia. Accompanying Dippy on Tour is an exhibition of Carnegie’s work.

Since beginning his tour, Dippy has proven popular and it was revealed that over 100,000 visitors came to see him at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. His popularity has continued to grow since arriving in Glasgow.

Visitor numbers have increased at Kelvingrove Museum since Dippy’s arrival with 24,000 visitors in just the first weekend.

Visitors can deck out in Dippy gear. Photograph: Emma Lawson

Suzanne Rough from Kelvingrove Press Office said: “Over the weekend Dippy greeted an incredible 24,000 plus visitors as they entered the main hall. That’s our busiest Saturday and Sunday for over a decade. From the feedback we’ve received so far he has certainly impressed his Scottish audience.”

More than 80,000 people have travelled to see the popular dinosaur, and the number is expected to continue rising while Dippy is on display. Kelvingrove recommended using public transport, due the busyness of their onsite car park.

When asked if Dippy is likely to return to Glasgow, Kelvingrove stated in their press release: “Dippy is still in the early stages of his three-year UK-wide tour. We are exploring a number of exciting opportunities for him after this concludes.’

Dippy will remain on display in Kelvingrove Museum until the 6th of May, before heading to Newcastle, Cardiff, Rochdale and Norwich to continue his tour.

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