Dinosaur Isle
Dinosaur Isle
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Natural History MuseumsHistory Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown’s blue flag beach is Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum. Walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs where you will find amongst the fossils many interactive displays. On a recreated landscape enhanced by sights, smells and sounds you will meet life sized dinosaurs including our animatronic Neovenator. Guided fossil hunts (which must be pre-booked) have proved to be a popular addition to a visit.
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  • Vicky
    London, United Kingdom9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small attraction but lots of information.
    Not a massive place at all, we spent about an hour here. Lots of good information and findings though if you enjoy learning about dinosaurs, Fossils etc suited to older kids I would say as our youngest (2 years) just wanted to run straight through the exhibits. They have a few little interactive activities to do. Nice location though with other things to do further down the road and beach situated just across the road so if you have had to travel in a bit for something that takes just an hour if that, then it gives you something else to do.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Laura C
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fossil walk was very good
    We didn’t go in the museum so cannot comment on this but we did the fossil walk which was really good. The guy we walked with ( I think his name was Martin) was very knowledgable and the kids loved being able to show him every single stone they picked up to see what it was. We were out about 2 hours so was worth the price. The only down side is that the museum doesn’t have its own parking and you can only park in the pay and display for a minimum of 4 hours so we had to pay £6 to park there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Barrie W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magically memorable morning
    Superb morning exploring the beach at Yaverland. Alex, our guide was passionate, patient, knowledgeable, and keen to share his wide experience and enthusiasm for the remarkable geology of the area and the life-forms that have inhabited it over many millions of years - and are still present in it as fossils today. Every stone on the beach has a hidden story to tell and Alex unlocked the secrets for an increasingly excited group of children and adults of all ages. Truly eye-opening and tremendous value
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • arw
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entertaining for a rainy afternoon
    It took us an hour and a half or so to go round with a 9 and 7 year old. Lots of things to read, and some interactive things for them to do. There are a couple of sheet’s to do for the children that keep them looking for letters and answering questions - they have to read and see the exhibits for the answers. A little area where you can see some experts working and answering questions. There is a lot to read, but it is a museum after all! Good place to visit if raining for a couple of hours and kept the kids entertained for a while.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • NorthStar380061
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little underwhelming
    This is a very small museum, we kind of hoped it would take up at least most of our morning. It's very nicely laid out and lots of interesting information but quite a few of the interactive pieces were not working. It's only about 40 minutes max to go around if you read everything. I'd say it's mostly suitable for younger children who are big Dino fans. Very nice and friendly staff tho.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Dave Puls
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing dinosaurs!
    Well worth it just to see the 7m long iguandon skeleton, which was found locally. Lots of interesting information and great exhibits. Car parking is ridiculous expensive, but part of the cost is refunded in your ticket. Great for a rainy day and it's open until 5pm in summer. If it had been dry we would have combined it with walk along the seafront.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Rita P
    Lincoln, United Kingdom302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking Through History
    Went here to visit my brother-in-laws donated exhibit. We were welcomed and told about the attraction. It is a very interesting place with life size models and hands on activities for children. It can get noisy for those with sensitive hearing and sadly there isn't a café. However, for an entry fee of £8 there is something here for everyone.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • MONO2007
    141 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great exhibition but in need of some love!
    We visited with two children - 13 month and 3 years. The price was reasonable for us all at £17 this also included any returns for the week. The exhibition was clean and well laid out but activities looked tired. We spent roughly an hour here. Outside had a garden area which would have benefited of some picnic tables and some gardening. We enjoyed the activity centre but again this was tired and needed some money spending on it. Car parking was expensive so make a day of it and spend some time on the beach.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Carlsberg2223
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom405 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but good for small Dino fans
    Very small but informative dinosaur centre. Only took around an hour to get around but lots of little activities dotted around for children to complete. Good for a rainy day. We saw people leaving for a fossil dig but didn’t see these advertised online anywhere unfortunately or otherwise we would have booked on.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • GimmeSomeSunLondon
    Edlesborough, United Kingdom126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dinosaurs info and fun.
    Great experience on a rainy day, but busy as everyone had the same idea. Parking is a minimum of 4 hours which puts the cost up, but you get a discount when you go to the experience. You can leave the car and head to the beach from there. Upon entering you have the pay desk and the toilets which are clean, but reminds me a little of school toilets. As it was the school holidays, the room upstairs had coloring of dinosaurs which you can start or end with. As you enter into the hall, there are also 2 quizzes which can be completed which my kids (8 & 10) enjoyed. The exhibition is well laid out and informative, but as it was busy, be aware there is not much space so be mindful and patient. Lots to look, touch and feel so ideal for the younger age but also factual for the slightly older ones. It’s not big, but enough to entertain for the hour or so. No cafe, but there are ones just along the sea front if you need to plan for refreshments. Would recommend if you like dinosaurs. There are also other activities nearby so can make a day of the area easily.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
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Dhirabhakta D
Bridgend, UK297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Friend staff, there was a number of child friendly activities to do; but not enough to justify the price or cost of parking.
The gift shop was reasonably priced with what I consider pocket money gifts.
Although we went before the peak holiday period
Written 16 May 2024
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Gourmandsouth
Southampton, UK878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I took my son, daughter-in-law and three young grandchildren here. They all enjoyed it though the place seemed a little tired.
Written 12 May 2024
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Mary S
Witney, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We walked here from Shanklin. The museum is small but packed with lots of well-presented information. Lots of hands-on activities for kids and grown-ups.
Written 5 May 2024
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David B
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A good rainy-day activity, although some of the exhibits are showing their age. Not sure it’s worth the ticket price, but there are extra activities to do for children upstairs, once you’re finished with the main parts.
Written 18 March 2024
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zach
West Sussex, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was really good, the staff were nice and friendly it’s really educational for young children who don’t know about dinosaurs.
Written 27 February 2024
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Martin C
Southampton, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Absolutely surprising museum tackled away at the end of Sandown.
This is working Museum - meaning staff working in the museum actually take care of real Dinosaur`s bones and other fossils found around Island or elsewhere.
Me and my brother been privileged by introduction, explanation and hand on experience by one of the member of team - who was absolutely amazing, kind and captivating. Hands down to staff.
Museum is full of displays of quite large skeletons of dinosaurs, replica models of dinosaurs and their voice interpretation. Everywhere is some info panel input with important and interesting information. Obviously whole museum is set up to be more family friendly with a lot of children play area corners.
Really had a good time.
Thank you
Written 31 January 2024
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andrew s
Walton-On-Thames, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great place to visit. the staff will tell you everything you need to know about the fossils you find on the island. thank you
Written 22 December 2023
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Matt B
Salisbury, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A surprise visit to the Isle Of Wight, inspired by this museum, for my wife's birthday.
Being mid-week and November, we were the only customers, which made it extra special! We took our time looking at the many exhibits, impressed that the majority of incredible fossils were found locally - this, i think, is the whole point of this museum.
Fantastic amount to look at and some life-size dinosaur models backed-up with sound effects which I'm sure our kids would have loved before they became teenagers! We thought it was brilliant.
Written 22 November 2023
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Susannah R
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lovely museum, super way to spend some time on a wet day. Would quite happily have stayed longer but it isn't a huge museum! We read everything there was to read and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Written 3 November 2023
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Nicki M
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Fantastic museum, lots to see and learn, lovely experience.
Ideal for all the family, activities for the children’s with a lovely gift shop.
Written 22 October 2023
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