Should ‘Dippy’ the dinosaur be replaced with a Blue Whale?

London’s Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the dinosaur and moving in a blue whale.

The dinosaur, nicknamed Dippy, has greeted visitors since 1979 but now has fallen victim to the museum’s plans for an overhaul. Due to logistics the exchange will not happen overnight.  The whale will not be in situ until sometime in 2017 hanging from the ceiling of the iconic Victorian Hintze Hall.

“Everyone loves ‘Dippy’, but it’s just a copy,” commented Sir Michael Dixon, the NHM’s director, “and what makes this museum special is that we have real objects from the natural world – over 80 million of them – and they enable our scientists and thousands like them from around the world to do real research.”

There has been an outcry over these plans to eject famous dinosaur and has prompted a #savedippy Twitter campaign!

What are your views? Would you like to see the iconic Dippy replaced with a blue whale skeleton?

Should 'Dippy' the dinosaur be replaced with a Blue Whale?

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18th Mar 2015
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I believe we have a big whale in our fishing museum in Hull,why not swap it!!!!!. I have no intention of visiting the museum again unless
it makes itself more interesting..
9th Feb 2015
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7th Feb 2015
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Time for a change and having a real object (the blue whale) will be spectacular! Dippy has been a great attraction but I am sure the blue whale will become just as popular.
30th Jan 2015
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My grandchildren love the film 'One of our dinosaurs is missing' they would be really disappointed if they couldn't see the dinosaur that they see in the film.
30th Jan 2015
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Noooooo! I know it's a copy but I think we should have both. Dippy is iconic and has such enormous (sic) impact. What would be amazing is to have to two together. That would be spectacular.
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30th Jan 2015
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This is a rather pointless discussion - the decision has been made. Embrace change! Do something new! Wanting to keep things always the same is a sure sign of turning into a fossil oneself...
"Dippy" is a plaster replica - impressive but not worth all the emotional angst. It will be loaned an exhibited throughout the country so that non-Londoners can see it - an excellent idea from the NHM.
More touring NHM exhibitions would be great!
30th Jan 2015
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Dippy needs to go on tour around the country. Whales are the magnificent creatures, so it would make a fitting change.
29th Jan 2015
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NO! Please don't replace Dippy. Its an incredible sight for everyone especially kids and I remember myself and my kids going into the entrance of the museum and being awestruck by Dippy. Dinosaurs are amazing. Thats not to say whales are not.... they are the most beautiful of creatures but better to have them live in the oceans and start to look after them than have one hanging in a museum!

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