>> He's been on display in a London museum for 112 years, but the reign of Dippy the dinosaur has come to an end. Crowds visiting him for the last time at the Natural History Museum on Wednesday before he embarks upon a two year tour of the UK.>> So it's Dippy's last day and then in the morning we will be starting to take Dippy down.
We take the glass barrier away and then we start working from the tail, back up to the body and then the neck. And over the next month, we'll be taking each bone down, each of those 292 bones. We'll be cleaning them, we'll be inspecting them and then we'll be packing them up.
And then, we're gonna be building a new armature, so that Dippy can tour more easily.>> The plaster cast replica of a diplodocus was first unveiled to the public in 1905. It'll take a team of 6, three and a half weeks to dismantle the skeleton and then 12 months to prepare it for the road trip.
Dippy will be on display in eight different venues across the country.>> We also wanted to look at places around the UK that weren't necessarily traditionally museums. So we've got different tours, places like a cathedral, and art galleries and libraries. So visitors who don't necessarily want come into a museum will also be able to have the opportunity to go there.
>> Dippy will be replaced by the real skeleton of a female blue whale, suspended from the ceiling as if it were diving. A pose, curators hope, will make quite a splash.