10,000 people visit Coventry in the first week thanks to Dippy the dinosaur

artist Ali Wells

The Dippy the Dinosaur exhibit in Coventry has drawn more than 10,000 visitors in its first week.

Monday marked the start of a three-year residency for the 26-meter-long (85-foot) skeleton at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

According to curator Ali Wells, interest in Dippy has been "absolutely phenomenal.".

We had about 13,500 visitors between January and February of last year, she continued, so we are covering two months in just two weeks.

Millions of visitors saw Dippy the diplodocus when it first appeared on display in 1905 at the Natural History Museum in London.

Before his three-year stay in Coventry, he completed a quick tour of the UK in 2017.

According to Ms. Wells, the majority of visitors have come from the city, but some have come from other parts of the Midlands.

"We are ecstatic that people from Coventry and other places are traveling to spend time with Dippy. ".

The museum announced that free tickets were available in advance and that, in addition to walk-in visitors, they were anticipating 250 visitors per hour.

According to Heather Kincaid from the museum, demand was anticipated to be particularly high over Easter.

After Coventry's year as the City of Culture, she said, "it's just such a massive thing for the city and for Coventry, it's amazing to have something of this scale."

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