Opening timesPlease note that although Dinosaur Isle will be open seven days a week from 10am each day - from Tuesday 1st November 2016 until 31st March 2017 last admissions will be at 3pm (closure by 4pm). Please also note that we will be closed to the public from Monday 16th to Friday 20th January, and Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January to allow high level cleaning and maintenance to take place. Staff will be in the building during this period to answer emails and the telephone.
NOTICEBOARDWe are taking bookings for our next walk on Valentines Day 14th February 2017. Click here for more details. Walks for February and March have been planned, further walks will be added.Our Island roads are different. For visitors travelling by car or coach then please click here for closures or current roadworks.A printing error in a visitor publication has led some customers to enquire about bringing their dogs into the museum. Dogs under close control are welcomed on our fossil walks, but unfortunately it is only assistance dogs that are allowed into the museum.
Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum and visitor attraction; based in Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The Island's diverse geology contains a wealth of fossils that tell us much about the past and gives clues to the effects of possible future environmental changes. Starting about 126 million years ago the rocks record the best exposures of dinosaur material in Europe. Progressively younger rocks record a variety of animals that were living on the land, in the rivers, and those that flew above lakes and lived in the seas. Plants are also well recorded on the Island. These remains show that for much of the time we were once a lot warmer and further from the sea. The youngest fossils are those from the more recent cold climates of the Ice-Ages.This story is displayed in the museum's galleries for you to learn and enjoy. We are sited next to some of the oldest rocks on the Island - why not come and join us on one of our advertized guided fossil walks.
The museum provides an all-year education service for schools and other organizations, and a programme of public walks at places of geological and palaeontological interest. The collections were started by members of the Isle of Wight Philosophical Society about 200 years ago, and have been added to over the years. Many of Dinosaur Isle's fossils appear in scientific publications, and continue to be researched. Dinosaur Isle is the most recent building to house the collection, opening in 2001.
Our mission is “To be a national centre of excellence in the conservation, interpretation and acquisition of the Island’s dinosaurs and diverse geological heritage.”
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