Dippy on Tour
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!
He will be at Dorset County Museum from Saturday 10 February 2018 – Monday 8 May 2018. Entry is FREE, and pre-booking is strongly advised.
Once you’ve booked your place to see Dippy, get the most out of your visit with our Dippy Audio Trail, featuring 13 star objects from the exhibition at Dorset County Museum.
Join the Jurassic Coast Trust’s Sam Scriven as he delves into the hidden stories of these specimens, offering his own insights into rocks, fossils and our connections with nature.
This free audio trail can either be downloaded to your device for listening prior to or during your visit to the museum, or streamed live when you visit Dippy.
A Natural History Adventure
Along with Dippy’s visit to Dorset County Museum, the Jurassic Coast Trust, in collaboration with our partner organisations, is curating an extensive programme of events to celebrate the incredible nature of the Jurassic Coast and its surrounding areas.
Our events programme includes bird watching, dinosaur footprints walks, arts and crafts days, and so much more! See the full list of what we have planned.
Dippy Adventurer’s Guide
At any of our Natural History Adventure events, you can pick up an extra-special Dippy Adventurer’s Guide, to complete with a stamp as you attend each event. The guide comes with a lanyard so you can conveniently carry it around as you explore each event!
Interactive Art Days with Darrell Wakelam
To celebrate Dippy’s visit to the Jurassic Coast, the Jurassic Coast Trust have organised a series of 11 free, Interactive Art Days with local papier-mache extraordinaire Darrell Wakelam.
Starting from Saturday 3 February in Weymouth, Darrell will be venturing far and wide across Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, celebrating each area’s unique natural beauty to make long-lasting artistic creations in collaboration with local children on each day.
See the full list of Darrell’s locations and dates.
Dippy’s Replica Skull on Tour
A life-size 3D-printed replica of Dippy’s skull will be touring Dorset and East Devon from February to May.
Check out our list of all the places and dates where you can say hi to Dippy.
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 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.
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?
The famous dinosaur 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!
Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset
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.