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Isle of Wight dinosaurs. Picture courtesy of the artist John Sibbick. www.johnsibbick.com

Welcome to Dinosaur Isle, on the Isle of Wight

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We are now taking bookings for our guided fossil walks for the school holidays in April. Click on EVENTS above for more details.


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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 around 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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Dinosaurs Visit this section for information on some of the Island’s dinosaurs.Latest View the latest major events and news about Dinosaur Isle.EducationLearn about our formal and informal education provision.

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Earth's Timeline View the Earth's timeline, and where the Isle of Wight fits in.Meet the team See who works at Dinosaur Isle and find out their interests...ShopDinosaur Isle's shop sells a range of interesting items including models...

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Dinosaur Isle,
Culver Parade,
Sandown,
Isle of Wight
PO36 8QA

Tel: +44 (0)1983 404344
Fax: +44 (0)1983 407502
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