Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For more information, contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
412.622.3361 (0), 412.526.8587 (C)
kishl@carnegiemnh.org

December 6, 2011

   

Limited Edition! “Dippy” Globe Now Available
Second in Carnegie Museum Memories snow globe series

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania…Carnegie Museum Memories snow globes are back. This year’s collectable globe features Pittsburgh’s most famous dinosaur, Diplodocus carnegii, aka “Dippy,” the popular long-necked dinosaur, amidst a cloud of volcanic ash. This must-have keepsake is available for purchase at $49.95 in the Natural History Store by calling 412.622.3309, or online at www.naturalhistorystore.com. Gift certificates for the globes are also available. Quantities are limited: only 1,000 have been produced. The miniature “Dippy” inside the globe is modeled after the museum’s 12-foot high, 85-foot long fossil skeleton of Diplodocuscarnegii, which is on view at the museum.  

About “Dippy” 

In late 1898, industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was thumbing through a newspaper when a memorable headline caught his eye: “MOST COLOSSAL ANIMAL EVER ON EARTH JUST FOUND OUT WEST.” Captivated, he scrawled a note to Carnegie Museum director William Holland instructing him to “buy this for Pittsburgh.” This sparked a series of events that led to the discovery of the nearly complete fossilized skeleton of an enormous plant-eating dinosaur. The 150-million-year-old giant from Wyoming was christened Diplodocus carnegii in honor of the man whose interest and sponsorship had brought it to light. Diplodocus went on exhibit in 1907 as the first skeleton in the then-just-built Dinosaur Hall. Today, visitors stand in awe of “Dippy” presiding over the other dinosaurs, plants, and animals in Dinosaurs in Their Time. Replica casts of Carnegie's Diplodocus stand in the national museums of Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Russia, Spain, Argentina and Mexico, making “Dippy” the most-seen dinosaur anywhere in the world.

The next globe is planned for release in 2012.

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.