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Address: Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW, England
Phone Number:
01305 269880
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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One of Britain's top hands-on fossil museums.

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Was ok!!

Bought a 5 for 2 ticket which cost me £33.90 for me and my husband to visit Tutankhamen,mummies,teddy bear,dinosaurs and warriors museums. The dinosaur museum is aimed mainly for... read more

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Stanley1108
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Ensworth
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Southam, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here for school trips twice now and loved it. It has a small museum but has lots great interactive things to do. The staff are friendly and you also have a little shop. Good for schools but also just for small visits.

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Thank Emily K
Crewkerne, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We took our twin Grandsons here and expected to experience something really special. Well how disappointed were we. It is fortunate that our grandsons were only 4, and therefore excited to see dinosaurs full stop, and they had no real expectations to do otherwise. But as adults we felt that for the price we would get more than we actually... More 

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Thank Ben1371
dorset
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48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I took my young grandson and he happily spent over an hour examining every exhibit and every interactive thing. I personally found it tedious and overpriced but my grandson still talks excitedley about this visit many weeks later...but he is a real fan of dinosaurs.

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Thank chadwood77
Bath, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A complete waste of my pension. The County museum is by a country mile far better value. I cannot recall such a disappointing experience anywhere in the U.K.

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1 Thank Jeff4168
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Excellent - old school approach to showing a very wide range of fossil casts and putting them into context - no gimmicks and riveting to anybody wanting to learn more about dinosaurs

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Thank Rob S
Ensworth
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Bought a 5 for 2 ticket which cost me £33.90 for me and my husband to visit Tutankhamen,mummies,teddy bear,dinosaurs and warriors museums. The dinosaur museum is aimed mainly for children. We arrived at 3.15 to b told quite rudely that they shut at 4. We had looked around and read everything within 20 minutes!!! It was ok but Wudnt go... More 

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Thank Stanley1108
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Nothing special for a 'fun' time as it is aimed more at adults not families. There is a lot of text on dinosaurs to read if you're into your facts and they have a little tv room where there's a documentary on. Not quite what I imagined but the right place to go if you're looking to educate yourself.

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Thank lanabiddle98
Witney
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

I think it was £8 or £9 each and we spent approximately 45 minutes there. We also did most things twice. Access to upstairs was steep and difficult with children. Wish we'd looked at trip advisor before we wasted our money.

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Thank Milesy2950
Sherborne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Went here with my 3 children, and were only there about 40minutes. The information that was there was interesting but felt you were constantly being pushed along by others as they tried to fill the place. We didn't even get to look in the cinema room because it was so packed. I was really disappointed with the plastic dinosaurs which... More 

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Thank saffy82
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

If you are considering paying a visit to this museum don't bother, you will have more fun staying at home watching the paint dry. The "dinosaurs" are donkeys years old and damaged. Nothing of interest to see.

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