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Dippy the dinosaur to leave the Ulster Museum within days

Dippy the dinosaur has had more than 100,000 visitors since he arrived at the Ulster Museum in Belfast

ONE of the Ulster Museum's most popular exhibits is to be packed up at the start of next month.

More than 100,000 people have visited the Dippy the dinosaur exhibit since it opened at the Belfast museum on September 28.

The famous replica of a Diplodocus skeleton, which is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will be dismantled after January 6.

The 292-bone replica will then travel on to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the next leg of his tour.

Aaron Ward from National Museums NI said the response to the exhibit had been "phenomenal".

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"The Ulster Museum is the only venue on the island of Ireland to have Dippy the iconic dinosaur and we are grateful to the Natural History Museum London and tour partners for giving National Museums NI this fantastic opportunity," he said.

"The exhibition at the Ulster Museum also showcases some of our own extensive natural science collections to new and first-time visitors to the museum.

"It really is a fantastic experience for visitors of all ages to come and explore and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already visited not to miss the last chance to see Dippy before he leaves for Scotland."

It is hoped that around 1.5 million people will visit Dippy as part of his eight-venue tour over three years.

The free exhibition will run at the Ulster Museum until January 6. For further information visit www.nmni.com/dippy

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