Meet Dippy the Diplodocus during his only Scottish stop on an eight-city UK-wide tour.
After delighting over 130,000 people at Ulster Museum Belfast, the splendid 292-bone, 21.3-metre long diplodocus cast greets guests entering the Centre Hall at Kelvingrove Museum.
Diplodocus carnegii is named after Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish-American steel magnate and philanthropist who financed its excavation in Wyoming USA in 1899. It was to become the centrepiece of The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. King Edward VII saw a sketch of the dinosaur while visiting Andrew Carnegie at his Scottish castle, Skibo, and began a conversation that resulted in the commission of a replica cast.
Dippy, as he became known, was unveiled at the Natural History Museum London in 1905, where he remained one of the most popular exhibits until preparations began for Dippy on Tour in 2017.
The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline has curated a small exhibition to complement Dippy on Tour. It shows a selection of objects from the museum’s collection, each related to the Diplodocus’s fascinating history. Visitors can learn more about why Andrew Carnegie decided to give plaster cast copies of Diplodocus carnegii not only to London, but to seven other countries around the globe between 1908 and 1913.