We are delighted to announce that we reopen on Monday 20 July.
Call 01983 404344 to book your visit and before you do, please read the information below to ensure you will get the most from your time with us; measures are in place to ensure you and our staff are safe.
We very much look forward to seeing you soon and hope you enjoy your visit!
For those of you seeking a challenge indoors we have a selection of downloadable Colouring Sheets and some Word Searches . We have created a Bite-sized activity you can do with some simple objects and a camera (as well as learn how chelonian bone changes when it becomes fossilised). Chelonians include turtles, tortoises and terrapins, and we find a lot of fragments of fossilised turtle bone on the north-coast of the Isle of Wight, dating from the end of the Eocene. We have included a fun activity for you at the end - we hope you find it inspirational. Click on the pdf logo to download the bite-sized science activity. Our colleagues at the Island Heritage Service have produced two family activities to download. One is on making dragon puppets; and another on making a Roman purse. Did you know that the Chinese were writing about digging up stone dragons in the 3rd Century AD - and what they were finding may have been dinosaurs. Click here for more details of our events programme for the first months of 2020. Please note that although activities are listed - being able to run them will depend on when it is safe to do so.Travelling on the IslandOur Island roads are different. For visitors travelling by car or coach then please click here for closures or current roadworks.Assistance dogs in the museumA 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 over 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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