'Dippy' the Dinosaur begins epic journey to Belfast
A huge dinosaur has begun its epic journey to Belfast after it was unveiled in a museum on the Jurassic Coast.
‘Dippy’ the Diplodocus- one of 10 replicas cast from the original Diplodocus carnegii- will arrive in Belfast in September.
It will be on view to the public at the Ulster Museum from September 17 until January 6, 2019.
The 26-metre skeleton began its thee year tour of the UK on Friday at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, on the Jurassic Coast, famed for its fossils.
In its displayed pose, the skeleton- nicknamed Dippy- is 26m long, 4.3m wide and 4.17m high.
The species is named after Andrew Carnegie, a 19th-century industrialist and philanthropist who donated the cast to the Natural History Museum.
It took three weeks to dismantle the 292 bones, which are made of resin and plaster of Paris.
The exhibit will be shown at museums and cathedrals in Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Rochdale and Norwich.
It is expected that five million people will see the skeleton on its tour.
Belfast Telegraph Digital