This 85ft Jurassic giant has been unpacked and painstakingly re-assembled in the nave of Norwich Cathedral.
In photos: 16 crates, 356 bones, one incredible cast of an iconic national treasure – yep, Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic dinosaur, has arrived!
The nave of the 900-year-old Norman Cathedral will be Dippy’s home for almost four months when it opens to the public on Tuesday (13 July) until 30 October.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said:
“After all this time preparing for Dippy’s visit, it is incredibly exciting to finally have Dippy here, being built inside Norwich Cathedral.”
“It is absolutely fascinating to see the progress of this amazing creature being put together in the Nave and we cannot wait to open the Dippy on Tour exhibition next week.”
“We really hope that Dippy’s visit will bring great delight to people of all ages and that it will also spark constructive conversations about the relationship between faith and science, about everyone’s responsibility to help protect the planet, and about many other important subjects too.”
There is a special programme of events inspired by Dippy on Tour including a time tunnel in the Cloister being created by local school pupils, a wave of more than 1,000 fish being constructed by Norfolk artist Mark Reed for his sculpture Your Waves Go Over Me, and other Dippy-inspired events for all ages featuring everything from film nights to storytime under the dinosaur’s tail, and faith and science talks.
The Dippy on Tour exhibition will open to the public from 1pm on Tuesday 13 July, and from then on it will usually be open six days a week until Saturday 30 October 2021. The opening times will be 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays. From Friday 30 July, people will also be able to visit Dippy every Friday evening from 7pm until 9pm.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is being brought to Norwich Cathedral and visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop on the tour and Barratt and Cooke is the regional sponsor for the exhibition.
Norwich Cathedral is a busy working Cathedral and the Cathedral’s daily pattern of worship will continue throughout Dippy’s visit. The Dippy exhibition will be closed on Sundays and there will also be other occasions when opening times may vary. All the latest details will be made available on the Dippy pages of the Cathedral website.
For all the latest details about Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure at Norwich Cathedral, visit cathedral.org.uk