Visitors Inspire New Carnegie Museum of Natural History Logo
99% of visitors chose “Dippy” the dinosaur
Carnegie Museum of Natural History recently launched a new logo featuring a silhouette of Diplodocus carnegii, which was inspired by visitor feedback.
For the past year, the museum’s marketing team met with focus groups
comprised of museum members and visitors to evaluate hundreds of new
logo designs. In the end, 99% of the attendees voted for “Dippy” the
“Diplodocus carnegii has fascinated our visitors for more than
100 years,” said Dr. Eric Dorfman, director of Carnegie Museum of
Natural History. ”Dippy is symbolic of our scientific discoveries and
Diplodocus carnegii was discovered by a team of Carnegie
scientists in 1899 and was the first major dinosaur fossil in Carnegie
Museum of Natural History’s collection. The fossil skeleton of Diplodocus carnegii is on display in the permanent exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time;
and a fiberglass life-sized reproduction, affectionately known as
“Dippy,” stands outside the museum on Forbes Avenue. “Dippy” sports an
impressive wardrobe of scarves and frequently inspires visitors to take
selfies. In 2015, “Dippy” won the museum’s friendly Clash of the Carnegies competition as the most beloved museum object across all four museums.
“We value the opinions of our visitors and that was the reason we asked
for their input on the new logo,” said Kathleen Bodenlos, marketing
director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. “From a marketing
perspective, we are very pleased with the new logo as dinosaurs quickly
differentiate the natural history museum in a city full of many great
Carnegie Museum of Natural History worked with several designers and
illustrators to develop the final logo. Dr. Matt Lamanna, assistant
curator of vertebrate paleontology, made changes to the final design to
make it more scientifically accurate.
“Maybe I am a bit biased,” said Dr. Lamanna, “but I am loving this new logo!”
The museum is celebrating the launch of the new logo by asking visitors
to take pictures of Dippy with the hashtag #newDippylogo. Merchandise
featuring the logo is under development and will be available in the the
newly renovated natural history gift store in the coming months.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top six natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of millions of 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.