One of the Natural History Museum’s event spaces, Earth Hall, has unveiled a new historic specimen ahead of the Christmas Party season – a Stegosaurus stenops.
The exhibit is the first complete dinosaur to go on display in the museum in nearly 100 years.
The 150 million year old Stegosaurus joins the much-loved ‘Dippy’, the Diplodocus dinosaur replica displayed in the Hintze Hall since 1905, in the museum’s prehistoric line-up.
Unlike Dippy, the Stegosaurus specimen is the real thing, and the only example in a public collection outside the USA. The rarity of the skeleton makes it the most significant dinosaur the museum has acquired since the 1980s.
The Stegosaurus will reside in the Earth Hall, sitting in front of the Globe structure and providing a dramatic centrepiece for events. With the Stegosaurus taking the place of the statues that were formally in the Earth Hall, event capacities will remain the same – 50-200 guests for a sit-down dinner and 100-500 for a standing reception.
The specimen is similar in size to a 4×4 vehicle (nearly six metres long and three metres tall) and has over 300 bones. It was discovered in spring 2003 at the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming, USA by Bob Simon, who runs a dinosaur quarry on the ranch It took three weeks of excavation to bring the remarkable discovery to light.
“We’re delighted to welcome the dinosaur to the Earth Hall and are honoured to give organisers the opportunity to feature such a valuable, extraordinary specimen at their upcoming events. Our guests now have the choice to dine with two dinosaurs,” said Simon Kershaw, head of events and catering at the Natural History Museum.