Dippy has arrived in Birmingham

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The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, has arrived in Birmingham. The British icon is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.

The full skeleton cast in its displayed pose is an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high. An invitation only crowd, including Town Hall Symphony Hall's Director of Sales & Marketing Richard Loftus, were invited to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery ahead of the public opening on 26 May.

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Dippy, has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905. The Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation is working with eight partners UK wide to tour one of its most iconic exhibits, with the aim of 1.5 million people across the UK seeing Dippy in person.

Not all dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years. One group survived and evolved into the birds we know today. Using Birmingham’s fantastic bird collection this exhibition will also explore how the features we think of as characteristic of birds such as feathers and nests first appeared in dinosaurs.

The exhibition will also show the amazing diversity of modern birds and how they evolved to become one of the most successful groups of animals inhabiting almost every part of the world from the oceans of Antarctica to tropical rainforests.

Book your tickets to this free event at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery today. Pre-booking is highly recommended. On busy days it will be essential.

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Later this year, Symphony Hall will transport audiences to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand-new, immersive theme park, the likes of which has never been seen before. Experience the ground-breaking film, Jurassic Park, as never before this September: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture.

Photography by Jas Sansi.