Dippy the dinosaur delights Glasgow crowds with more than 257,000 visitors

Scottish crowds have flocked to see Dippy the dinosaur during his UK tour, attracting more than 257,000 visitors to its current home in Glasgow.

It boasts a record for the three-year tour so far with nine weeks still remaining in the sculpture’s stint at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Glasgow marks the fourth stop in the UK tour and the previous record for the model saw 255,548 visitors between May and September in Birmingham, with the tour starting at Dorset and also visiting Belfast.

Scotland’s largest city is the most northerly stop for the dinosaur skeleton which has been hailed as the “most successful temporary exhibition at Kelvingrove” since 2006.

Glasgow Life chair, Councillor David McDonald, said: “Achieving this coveted record in such a short space of time highlights just how much of an impression Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic dinosaur, has made in Glasgow.

“Dippy on Tour is the most successful temporary exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum since it reopened after refurbishment 13 years ago.

“We’ve welcomed treble the number of visitors during this six-week period compared to last year, with the opening weekend being our busiest in more than a decade.

“Dippy will be here until early May. We want everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy a natural history adventure on your doorstep, and with more than half of his time in Glasgow still to go we hope the total number of people to see Dippy will be almost as huge as he is.”

The 70ft replica cast of the Diplodocus carnegii species – named after Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie – consists of 292 bones and is made from plaster of Paris and resin.

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The 292-bone structure remains in Glasgow until May 6 (Jane Barlow/PA)

It was initially unveiled in London in 1905, causing a huge stir as the first large dinosaur to go on display anywhere in the world.

Dippy remains in Glasgow until May 6 before moving onto Newcastle, Cardiff, Rochdale and Norwich.

Lorraine Cornish, head of conservation at the Natural History Museum London, said: “We knew Dippy was going to be a success at Kelvingrove after he received such a warm welcome.

“It is great to hear so many people, especially children, have now had the chance to be inspired by this impressive giant.

“We hope those who have visited have learned something new about the natural world and that this encourages them to connect with nature and have their own natural history adventures.”

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