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The Dinosaur Museum
Ranked #34 of 45 things to do in Dorchester
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Britain's original dinosaur museum in Dorchester. Lots for all the family to see and do at this all weather attraction. including: -Fossils, skeletons and much more. -Life-size reconstructions -T-Rex and other dinosaurs -Hands-on and interactive exhibits -Mammoths, prehistoric mammals and reptiles. As featured on Blue Peter, The Tweenies, Tikkabilla and other TV programmes. Young explorers can enjoy free fun sheets! Look out for special events on most bank holidays! April to September open: 10 am to 5 pm October to March open 10 am to 4 pm
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 25, 2012

All museums now suffer in comparison with the large free national ones. My son loves dinosaurs, and he loved it. A lot of the stuff is generic, the videos etc, but we spent more than 2 hours and the children enjoyed it. The local information was interesting, especially after the time we spent at fossil beach etc, but I think to feel you got value for money you have to have at least one who loves dinosaurs.

1  Thank Nigel D
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Expensive outing offering very little to captivate or educate. Really only suitable for very young infants. Anyone older or with even a basic existing knowledge of dinosaurs will find this very uninspired and rather mundane. Our family's children range from primary age to teenage, the four year old was reasonably happy with it while the juniors who normally like this sort of thing were frustrated and dissatisfied by the limited display. The teenager who loves natural history and science completed the entire visit within ten minutes. The small collection of interactive displays are mediocre, extremely basic and old fashioned. Publicity for this attraction is overblown. Tiny exhibition. Not worth the entrance fee.

3  Thank Susannah M
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

The "first dinosaur museum" it says. Certainly, it looks the part, with victorian architecture, tiles, glass, it looks great. Then you approach the counter and realise you are going to have to pay £24.50 for a family, one is 3 years old! However, you might think "surely they wouldn't charge that much if it were a rubbishy tiny house that you seem to trip out as fast as you trip in" but you'd be wrong.
The models they use seem to be very dated, rather like the victorian age of the house. For younger children most of the rooms have the equivalent of a "Tomy speak and spell" where they can press a dinosaur and get information about it, except, 2 of them had ran out of batteries and were very frustrating, many children could hardly hear them they must be so quiet. Each room seems to be smaller than the other at first, let's not forget you will be battling against the bored spoiled children to see any displays because some of them were lying over them and when I asked them "excuse me please, can I see that?" one of them said to her mother "That's really rude isn't it mummy?" With NO objection from the mother, sadly, we were behind these morons the whole time. Then you head upstairs before the top is a viewing room, a little video loop plays with information too dull for tiny tots but not graphic enough for older children, a bit like an idiots guide to dinosaurs. At the top a display that will make you wonder if they are having a laugh "feel what a dinosaurs skin might have felt like" by poking your hand in a hole. Honk this horn to see what a Hadrosaur might have sounded like and so on....Child friendly? It was embarrassing. I don't believe children are jaded, but they're not stupid either my 9 year old said this was the worst dinosaur museum we'd ever visited, I was inclined to agree.
Are you needing the toilet by now? NO that's not the queue! That's the people wanting to be outside to see the 1 decent dinosaur model of a triceratops. You can't go to the toilet because of them, they will tut and moan and block your way.
Then you will head down the short corridor to the last room, a massive room with some very vague information on a dinosaur which has it's own classification, they will tell you it's name but not much more. It was found in that region, but what would the fun be to give you any information about it? More of the speak and spell boxes, with children straining to hear a word, then a "weigh yourself and we'll tell you how much of a dinosaur you weigh" (possibly one of the only good bits) then, you realise it's over and you've paid all that money to come to a shop, trying to charge you a fortune for tiny cars and dinosaur figures. The fossils they sold were the standard vague sand coloured ammonite and part of a nautiloid. Bish, bash bosh, don't let the door hit you on the way out.
I'd like to say I enjoyed it, I love fossils, I live for dinosaurs, but it was appalling. If you're happy to be parted with your money for 20 minutes of very bad, hashed together information, then this is the place for you.

3  Thank Seafret1412
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

From this outside, this looks quite small but it is deceptive and there is a huge amount of material and information inside, presented in very original and interesting ways. Good journey stopover for children as much to interest and engage them.

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

this attraction just does not live up to the flyers advert... most would assume that a museum would be free or a very reasonable charge but this was ridicuous !!! We had to pay £24 for a family of four and it took about half an hour to get around............complete rubbish and walked away feeling completely ripped off. I have talen my kids to far better museums for free !!!!

1  Thank hel400
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