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Dippy Exhibition

10 February 2020 - 05 September 2020

Monday 10 February 2020 - Saturday 05 September 2020

Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ


The Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur, Dippy, has left the museum for the first time to go on a tour of the UK, and Rochdale has been selected as one of just eight venues which will host him during the tour.

To celebrate Dippy’s stopover, Touchstones Rochdale have redesigned their gallery spaces to host an exciting, ambitious and hands-on exhibition. Explore the world of the dinosaurs, discover what Rochdale was like during their golden age, and learn more about what we can do to protect our planet.

In the dinosaur gallery, visitors can learn more about the Diplodocus and other dinosaurs including the fearsome T.rex, get up close to items such as fossilised bones including teeth, eggs and even dinosaur poo and take a look at world class fossils are on loan from the Natural History Museum and Manchester Museum.

In the Swampland gallery, visitors can travel back to 300 million years ago to see what Rochdale would have been like, exploring an immersive atmospheric space where giant plants grow and strange creatures roam.  See the fossil of the famous Rochdale scorpion, who would have lived in a boggy swampy landscape, and watch as the scorpion ‘comes to life’ through augmented reality!  To compliment this, bog gardens have been created in local parks across the borough and showcase some of the plants and animals that were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

In Our Changing Planet gallery, visitors can learn how small changes can make a big difference to the future of our planet, a major theme of Dippy’s stay in Rochdale.

It is free to see Dippy and visit the Dippy exhibition.

Opening hours 10 February - 28 June:
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9.30am - 5pm
Bank holidays: 10am - 4pm

Opening hours 29 June - 5 September:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Entry fee: Free

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