The plaster cast reproduction, long referred to as Dippy, will spend a minimum of four to sixth months in Cardiff. He will have to be dismantled and reassembled at every destination of the tour.
Museum director Sir Michael Dixon said: “We wanted Dippy to visit unusual locations so he can draw in people that may not traditionally visit a museum.
Dippy is constructed from a cast of original bones found in the America in 1898, later arriving at the Natural History Museum in 1905.
His final day on exhibit in the Natural History Museum’s hall was on January 4, 2017, after which a team of experts will spend a year preparing him for his tour.
A huge reassembled dinosaur skeletal system will provide a touch of the Jurassic to Cardiff as a part of a country wide tour of the UK’s most popular dinosaur.
The skeleton of Dippy the Diplodocus – that is 21 metres long and 4.25 metres high – will pay a call the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff at some point after February 2018, when it will depart its residence in the Natural History Museum in London.
” Making iconic items accessible to as many people as possible is at the heart of what museums give to the nation, so we have ensured that Dippy will still be free to view at all tour venues.”
The National Assembly of Wales will use Dippy’s visit to feature regional nature and natural history acquisitions, and to aid build collaborations between cultural, scientific and wildlife organisations.
Having resided the museum’s Hintze hall since 1979, it was decided to retire Dippy and substitute him with the legitimate skeleton of a blue whale.
The action triggered a Twitter campaign with the hashtag SaveDippy, and a petition was started to save the dinosaur gaining in excess of 32,000 signatures.
The tour is part-funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation which provides grants to a wide range of causes and charities.
Foundation director Philippa Charles said: “Generations of children have been mesmerized by Dippy’s exceptional presence at the heart of the Natural History Museum and we hope he goes on to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he works his way around the UK.”
The Diplodocus species lived at some time between 156 and 145 million years ago.
Dippy’s tour of the UK starts with Dorset County Museum in February 2018.