"Dipsy" the Diplodocus Famed Dinosaur Skeleton Will Be De-Installed Beginning Today


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WHAT: "Dipsy," the very first dinosaur to ever be put on display in all of Houston, will be de-installed this week, beginning today.

Originally acquired in 1962, with help from the Junior League of Houston, and unveiled to the public on Nov. 23, 1975. "Dipsy" was found and collected by famed paleontologist William Utterback in 1902, and was about 60% complete.

Today, "Dipsy" is enjoyed by 2 million + Museum patrons every year, and has served as a beloved centerpiece of HMNS for generations.

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WHO: David Temple, Associate Curator of Paleontology

WHEN: Today through Friday. For the best photos, it is encouraged to come sooner in the week rather than later.

WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030

HOW: Contact Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or come to Museum Services for assistance.

WHY: "Moving the dinosaur is a bittersweet task. For more than two generations it has been the first thing visitors saw upon entering the Museum. It is an object of beauty that inspires, and 'Dipsy' serves as Houston's ambassador to science and discovery," said Temple.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science-one of the nation's most-heavily attended museums-is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre,CockrellButterflyCenter, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, theHoustonMuseum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.

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