New Year openingAfter a short break for a few days over Christmas and New Year's Day we are once again open. The museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm with last admissions at 3pm.
NOTICEBOARDWe are now taking bookings for the first of our 2016 fossil walks. Click here for more details. Our next walk is on the 14th February at Yaverland, and will be followed by more walks during the half-term holidays.We had a good turn-out for our Walks last year: with walkers keen to book up for those during the May and Autumn Walking Festivals, the Summer Solstice Walk and the other 47 walks we ran over the summer holidays. Our last walk of 2015 attracted about 30 brave souls who mastered the wind at Yaverland on 30th December to find an array of small fossils, including fossil 'poo' and bits of dinosaur bone. The Events page now lists walks for January to April 2016.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 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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