About Dippy

Fresh from its recent return home to the Natural History Museum, Dippy the Diplodocus (DIP-low-DOCK-us) has stomped into Coventry and set to remain as dino-in-residence at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum until 2025!

Dippy the dinosaur is a life-size, plaster-of-paris replica of a Diplodocus carnegii skeleton. It was gifted to the Natural History Museum by Andrew Carnegie and was first put on display in May 1905.

Dippy quickly became a star, capturing hearts and imaginations, and went on to tour the UK from 2017 to 2021. After a brief return home to London, Dippy headed down to Coventry in February 2023.

Diplodocus carnegii lived during the Late Jurassic period, about 145 – 155 million years ago and their skeletons have been found in North America. They were huge, plant-eating dinosaurs, with long whip-like tails. They grew to about 24-26 metres long and probably weighed up to around 15 tonnes. For comparison, a London double-decker bus is around 14 metres long and weighs 12 tonnes!

Dippy is loaned to Herbert Art Gallery & Museum from the Natural History Museum collection for an initial three-year period.


Plan your day out in coventry

From high-speed slides at our award-winning waterpark to extraordinary exhibitions and the world’s fastest car, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at CV Life’s city centre venues. PLUS, enjoy 50% off entry to Coventry Transport Museum with Dippy tickets when visiting and purchasing tickets from the museum reception on the same day (offer valid for single-day passes only).