Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle, Sandown: Hours, Address, Dinosaur Isle Reviews: 4/5

Dinosaur Isle
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Natural History Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 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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cherrypie29
London9 contributions
Great for dino lovers
Oct 2020
A lovely little museum which our dino mad son (4) loved. I loved the fact that it focused on the dinosaurs that existed on the Isle of Wight which made it much more relevant and exciting to see the huge sauropod and iguanodon skeletons on the walls and imagine them roaming the island!
Written November 3, 2020
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Gordon D
London, UK238 contributions
Dinosaur Island 2020
Sep 2020
Took the grandchildren see exhibits as the youngest is into dinosaurs, she enjoyed the models and was able to do some of the active exhibits too.
The gift shop had lots of gifts mainly for children.
Written October 10, 2020
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beechview2020
Newbury, UK3 contributions
Great experience going back in time
Sep 2020
Dinosaur Isle is a place I have been waiting to visit ever since I first viewed the finds
sheltering under a tent over twenty years ago. It did not disappoint. Well constructed dinosaur models all life size with information about them. For the younger visitor even interactive machines. Overhead are the flying dinosaurs with plenty of easy to understand background boards. Cases contain fossils and finds
generously offered for display. A great place to go with family or just those with fascination into the regions past. Good value.
Written October 7, 2020
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Victoria G
Solihull, UK13 contributions
Ah.maz.zing
Sep 2020 • Family
Super place - Gary (? I think - forgive me if not!) the palaeontologist encyclopaedic knowledge was the highlight of our visit. His demonstration of earths timeline , humbling. Shop has lots of Dino goodies not irrelevant tat like other places.
Written September 19, 2020
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Craig Bilboe
1 contribution
Great Visit, Special thanks to Martin Mint at Dinosaur Isle
Sep 2020
We visited in early September on a short trip to the Isle Of Wight. Both the adults and children loved the museum and spent an a real interesting hour walking round.
The great thing was most of the fossils on exhibit here were found locally. This then got our young wannabe dinosaur hunters searching at both Yaverland and Compton beaches.
A special thanks goes out to Martin Munt who helped us identify our finds as we were lucky enough to find a 125 million year old dinosaur rib, a fossilised turtle shell and clams from the late Cretaceous period!
Overall a great visit, will come again and recommend Dinosaur Isle.
Written September 19, 2020
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Paz R
9 contributions
Historical amazement
Sep 2020
My young child loves dinosaurs, this place next to the sandown zoo was a chance encounter as we was unaware it was there.
It is a bit of a short walk around but everyone had a good time
Written September 12, 2020
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remym2013
London, UK23 contributions
Prehistoric
Aug 2020 • Family
I hate to leave a bad review for a small/local business operating in the tourism sector in this climate but Sandown’s Dinosaur Isle represents 12minutes of our lives which we will never get back. Perhaps we should have listened to our gut when we saw the website but the modern architecture of the building offered much so we decided to visit one day with our two kids to ‘discover, encounter and experience’ the IOW’s dino-past. What we did discover was the 1980’s as we went back in time to experience 2x dark and dusty rooms of fossils, some plastic dinosaurs and a speaker system which blared out the (supposed) sounds of a Pterodactyl (the kids actually enjoyed this bit the most). The lady at the desk suggested that if we extended our stay to 4hrs she would be able to reimburse some/all of our parking charge. Luckily we had used our parking app and paid for 2xhrs. As is was we had 1hr 48mins left as we stretched out our visit to 12 mins. Maybe we’re just not Dino-enough or that our 2 kids were too young to enjoy the glass cases of fossils and printed labels. Or maybe because the Dinosaur Isle is really a rather stale old museum with the mandatory gift shop?! Luckily there’s a great (free) play-park next to the museum where we happily used up the rest of our parking. Worth a visit on its own. Sorry :-(
Written September 6, 2020
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Tigi_Higgins
Mendip Hills Somerset663 contributions
Every thing about Dinasoars
Sep 2020
Every child into dinosaurs should visit this place. Good disability access and well stocked shop, bought several prezzies for grandchildren here
Written September 5, 2020
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Ally
Essex, UK23 contributions
A must see on the IOW
Aug 2020
Pre-Booking is essential! Due to COVID19 visitor numbers are restricted.

This was a wonderful excursion, educational and exciting in equal measure. Our 7 year old especially enjoyed using the microscope and operating the robotic Dilophosaurus, as well as chatting the the geologist in the lab with all the fossils we were able to handle.

It was wonderful to see such a huge variety of impressive finds all from the IOW. I always thought ammonite were the most exciting fossil to be found in the UK, how wrong I was!
Written August 27, 2020
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Sn0wman
Cannock98 contributions
Guided Fossil Walk
Aug 2020
Our 10 year old son loves beaches & fossils - so this provided a great opportunity to combine the two with expert guidance. From the museum you walk some 500m to the cliff part of Yaverland beach - with the geological history of the area briefly explained along the way. Once at the start of the cliff section we were giving tips on what to look for and started scouring for fossils - with the guide passing their expert eye on possible findings. We were pleased to find a number of dinosaur bones, fossilised wood & small sea animals.

The trip was well organised, and the guide was knowledgeable & friendly. It lasted around 2.5 hours - so perhaps not best suited to younger kids. Overall, very worthwhile if you're into fossils.
Written August 23, 2020
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