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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

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The skull of the Diplodocus.

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, is touring the UK from early 2018, and we’re thrilled that Dorset County Museum has been chosen as the first host venue!

Dippy will be at Dorset County Museum from Saturday 10 February 2018 – Monday 8 May 2018. Entry is FREE, and pre-booking is strongly advised.

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The Diplodocus exhibit with children at the Natural History Museum, London.

Go Jurassic! With Dippy

The Jurassic Coast Trust is delighted to offer exclusive Dippy on Tour rewards for our Go Jurassic! Rangers families.

Go Jurassic! membership starts from £30 for 12 months, and includes:

  • Free single-use entry to all of Dorset County Museum during Dippy on Tour. Valid for up to 2 adults and 4 children. Valued at up to £18.
  • Visit Dippy whenever you like. Our Go Jurassic! Rangers families can validate their free entry to Dorset County Museum during Dippy on Tour at any time during the museum’s opening hours, without needing to book a time-slot in advance.
  • Exclusive Behind-the-scenes tour of Dippy. Our Go Jurassic! Rangers families will be invited to an exclusive sneak peek at Dippy in early February 2018, before he’s revealed to the public.
  • Priority Access. The opportunity to book on to our two Dippy Sleepovers before they’re made available to the public.
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Go Jurassic Rangers on a fossil hunt.

Our Go Jurassic! Rangers receive all this plus:

  • A brilliant starter pack with t-shirt, badge, passport, newsletter, poster and other goodies
  • A special Go Jurassic! pack in the post every two months for 12 months
  • Access to a whole year’s worth of amazing Jurassic Coast experiences, including a dinosaur footprints walk, a Christmas party, fossil hunts and more

Why is Dippy coming to the Jurassic Coast?

Dippy always knew that many of the fossil marine reptiles at the Natural History Museum in London came from the Jurassic Coast, the birthplace of palaeontology.  After years listening to how brilliant it is, he has finally decided to take the trip to find out for himself.  There is so much to explore on the Jurassic Coast … 12 weeks might not be enough!

Read our History of Dippy

Explore our 8 Incredible Dippy Facts

Discover more about Dippy’s Story


Exclusive Dippy Events

To celebrate Dippy visiting there will be lots happening at the Dorset County Museum and across the Jurassic Coast that we’d love you to take part in:

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The skull of the Diplodocus.
  • Special exhibitions and tours at Dorset County Museum using their amazing collection of objects and fossils to explore Dippy and the other creatures of his era.
  • Art workshops, dinosaur sleepovers and special events all around Dorset – discovering modern wildlife, Dorset’s wonderful ecosystems and the geological heritage of the Jurassic Coast.
  • Opportunities to get involved by helping out at the museum, or at beach cleans and conservation efforts along the coast.
  • Museums and Visitor Centres along the Jurassic Coast will be joining in on the natural history adventure in their own way.


Educational Groups

The Natural History Museum hope that Dippy on Tour will inspire the next generation of scientists.

Dippy will be an amazing and memorable experience for children and young people of all ages across all key stages, from the Early Years to post 16 education. We will be allocating specific times for formal educational groups to come and experience Dippy.  This will be through a mixture of free 45 minute viewing sessions and 2 hour chargeable expert led-sessions that will include a guided tour and interactive workshops.

If you are a Primary Teacher, you can book onto any of our 9 free Big Jurassic Classroom Discovery Days which will help you and your school to make the most out of Dippy on Tour.


Unique Volunteering Opportunities

Fancy getting involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in your local museum with such a famous national icon? Then get in touch! 

We’re expecting big crowds to come and see Dippy in his temporary Dorset home.  That means we’ll be looking for volunteers to help us in lots of different roles. We’d love to hear from you no matter what your age or experience.


Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset

Tomorrow's Museum for Dorset
Planned redevelopment of Dorset County Museum.

Dippy on Tour will be the last temporary exhibition to be hosted by Dorset County Museum before it closes certain sections of the galleries for a major refurbishment.

When the museum reopens in 2020, it will be a world class contemporary museum and exhibition space, complete with new galleries, a learning centre, collections storage, library and visitor facilities including a café and shop.

The sensitive yet contemporary redevelopment of the current site will transform Dorset County Museum – Making Dorset Proud.

Find out more about Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset.