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Dippy is coming to Rochdale

About Dippy on tour

Diplodocus dinosaurThe Natural History Museum's​ famous dinosaur, Dippy the Diplodocus has left the museum for the first time to go a on a tour of the UK, and Rochdale has been selected as 1 of just 8 venues which will host him during the tour.

The iconic exhibit started his tour in 2018 and will take pride of place in the award-winning Number One Riverside​​​​​​, Smith Street, Rochdale​ from February 2020 to June 2020.​

Number One Riverside is our main council building, which houses Rochdale Central Library and our customer service centre.

The main aim of the tour is to inspire the next generation of scientists by giving them access to fantastic, nationally-important exhibits like Dippy.

A selection of activities for both young and old will be organised to coincide with Dippy’s visit to Rochdale, his only stop in the North West of England.

​​With the help of our partner, Link4​Li​​fe​ we aim to engage thousands of children and adults from across the whole region and we'll keep this site updated with our activity programme as it develops.

When can I see Dippy?

10 February 2020 to 28 June 2020.

Where can I see Dippy?

Visitors to Dippy in Rochdale can look forward to a unique day out, with 2 dino experiences to enjoy.

Dippy part 1 - the dinosaur himself
Location: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
Visit: start your visit by seeing Dippy himself at the council’s award winning office building, customer service centre and library, at Number One Riverside (Dippy part 1). Accompanying Dippy in Number One Riverside will be downloadable content to allow a self-guided tour and an immersive space which will take you back to the time the dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Dippy part 2 - a really roarsome natural history themed exhibition
Location: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ
Visit: once you’ve been wowed by Dippy, take a short (approximately 0.4 mile) walk across Rochdale town centre to our local museum and art gallery, Touchstones Rochdale, for the next instalment of your Dippy adventure (Dippy part 2).

Do I have to book to see Dippy?

We anticipate schools and groups will be able to book from September 2019. 

  • Schools: only schools are required to book tickets to see Dippy. Schools in the borough of Rochdale will be notified in July 2019.
  • Groups: we advise groups of more than 10 people to book to guarantee a timeslot. 
  • Visitors: all other visitors can turn up on the day.

Is there a cost?

No. Both Dippy part 1 and Dippy part 2 are FREE of charge. Donations are welcome.

Opening hours

Both Number One Riverside (Dippy part 1) and Touchstones Rochdale (Dippy part 2) will operate extended opening hours as part of Dippy on Tour.

The opening hours will be:

  • Monday-Friday: 9am-5.30pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 9.30am-5pm
  • Bank holidays: 10am-4pm

Who is Dippy?

Dippy is a replica of a Diplodocus dinosaur, which was unearthed in Wyoming, North America, in 1898. The original Diplodocus, which is thought to be between 152 and 154 million-years-old, is in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, North America.

A replica, now known as Dippy, was created and first unveiled to the public at the Natural History Museum in London in 1905. He’s wowed millions of visitors from around the world ever since.

You can find out more about Dippy’s story on the National History Museum websi​​​te​​

Dippy's tour dates

See where Dippy has been and where he will go next.

An opportunity for organisations to get involved

We'd love to work with organisations from across the region, including museums, schools and universities, to ensure as many people as possible can see Dippy in Rochdale and we can raise the profile of science and natural history.

Sponsorship packages are available for businesses who'd like to get involved in our celebration. E​​mail dippy@rochdale.gov.uk to find out more.

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