NOTICEBOARDOpening timesDinosaur Isle is open seven days a week. We open at 10am. From 1st November to 31st March last admissions will be at 3pm.Road closureThe coastal road in front of our museum is currently undergoing resurfacing. Although road access is being maintained to the car park from the northern end of the bay, Culver Parade is closed between Sandown Library and in front of our museum. Pedestrian access is still possible from both directions.Closure for maintenanceThe museum will be closed for periods during November and December 2018 for maintenance. Closed dates will be as follows-NovemberMonday 26th to Friday 30thDecemberMonday 3rd to Friday 7thMonday 10th to Friday 14thMonday 24th to Friday 28th Staff will be in the building. Deliveries and other visits by prior arrangement only. We will be open at weekends, and from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd December. We will advise should these dates change.Next eventOur next public fossil walk is planned for December.Click here for more details.Tesco Clubcard VouchersDue to circumstances beyond our control Dinosaur Isle can no longer accept Tesco Vouchers as payment for admission.Due to changes in the way Tesco administer the scheme we are no longer able to comply with their requirements.Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this will cause. 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.”
Home Contact Us Latest News