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Natural History Museum’s revamped Hintze Hall begins post-Dippy era

The dinosaur’s retirement sparked a “Save Dippy” campaign that lit up Twitter and gathered more than 14,000 petition signatures.

A transformed Hintze Hall will re-open at London’s Natural History Museum on July 14, minus its most famous attraction, Dippy.

Taking the place of the plaster cast dinosaur skeleton will be the real bones of an 83ft diving blue whale, appearing to swim through the air.

Around the edge of the hall, arched alcoves – dubbed “wonder bays” – will house other exhibits including an American mastodon, a Mantellisaurus dinosaur skeleton from the Isle of Wight, fossil trees, giant coral, and giraffes.

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Dippy, a 21.3 metre long replica of a long-necked diplodocus, ruled the museum’s main hall from 1979 and was viewed by an estimated 90 million visitors.

He has now been dismantled and from 2018 will be taken on a two-year tour of the UK.

The dinosaur’s retirement sparked a “Save Dippy” campaign that lit up Twitter and gathered more than 14,000 petition signatures.

But the museum stuck to its decision, arguing that the whale was more relevant in today’s world

The aim of the £12 million makeover is to represent the origins and evolution of life on Earth as well as its modern diversity.

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A giraffe will be on display in the transformed Hintze Hall. (Natural History Museum/PA)

Professor Ian Owens, the museum’s director of science, said: “This is a huge, once-in-a-generation transformation that heralds a new era for the Museum.

“At its heart is our collection – powerful and beautiful objects that can change the way we look at the world and unlock answers to real world challenges.

“We hope that as our visitors explore these wonderful displays and their stories of the past and present, they will be inspired to reflect on their own role in shaping our planet’s future.”

Head of conservation Lorraine Cornish said: “Like the blue whale, these beautiful and intricate objects from nature are like wonderful works of art that showcase the incredible uniqueness and diversity of our natural world.”

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