Daft for Dippy … 24,000 dinosaur fans see Kelvingrove exhibit over record weekend

By Ellen Thomson at

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has enjoyed its busiest weekend in more than a decade … thanks to Dippy.

The Natural History Museum London’s famous diplodocus went on show in Glasgow last week.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure will run until May 6.

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Attraction: Dippy brought record crowds to Kelvingrove

On Saturday and Sunday Dippy greeted more than 24,000 people entering the Centre Hall.

Dippy’s visit to Glasgow is the only Scottish stop on an eight city UK wide tour.

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said: “Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic dinosaur, now stands resplendent in Kelvingrove Museum.

“Over the weekend Dippy greeted an incredible 24,000 plus visitors as they entered the main hall.

“That’s our busiest Saturday and Sunday for over a decade. From the feedback we’ve received so far he has certainly impressed his Scottish audience.

Crowds at Kelvingrove to see Dippy

Impressed: Visitors have not been disappointed by the star exhibit. Photo credit: Stephen Baker / @TheStephenBaker

“At Glasgow Museums we are always striving to put on world class exhibitions, alongside our standing collection, and its clear Dippy has captured the public’s imagination.

“Dippy is free to visit, but with so many fans keen to see him we would ask visitors to consider using public transport to get to Kelvingrove Museum and to allow a little extra time for their trip.”

The splendid 292 bone structure is now replete as an impressive 21.3 meter long diplodocus cast.

Admission is free and you do not require a ticket to visit, although people are being asked to leave a little extra time to see Dippy, especially at weekends and during school holidays.

Dippy on Tour is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures and encourage families to explore nature on their doorstep.

Glasgow Museums will use Dippy’s visit, together with a supporting public and schools programme, to showcase the city’s natural history collection and stunning local natural habitats.