London Visitors’ Last Chance to See Dippy Ahead of Tour

London Visitors’ Last Chance to See Dippy Ahead of Tour
January 11 13:07 2017 Print This Article

(BBC) – A museum’s famous 112-year-old dinosaur is set to leave London for a national tour.

Dippy the diplodocus, a 70ft long (21.3m) plaster-cast sauropod replica made up of 292 bones, is set to leave the Natural History Museum in Kensington later this year.

A six-person team will start a three-and-a-half week task of dismantling of Dippy on Thursday.

He is being moved as the museum is having a front-of-house makeover.

Dippy’s spot is being taken by the skeleton of an 83ft (25.2m) female blue whale, weighing 4.5 tonnes.

She will take up position in a diving pose as she is suspended from the ceiling of the hall.

The whale is also more than 100 years old but – unlike Dippy – she is not a cast.

On Thursday, construction will also begin on a tunnel to protect visitors during the dismantling of Dippy.

This tunnel will take three to four days to build and will almost totally obscure Dippy from view.

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