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“Overpriced.”

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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our son is obsessed with Dinosaurs at the moment, so we drove to Dorchester specifically to come here. We had to fork over 19 quid for the four of us and after about twenty minutes there was nothing more to see. The "museum" consists of badly dressed mannequins, Jurassic Park on loop in the corner, and some plastic toys in display cases. Avoid.

4  Thank Hallie87
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

All my children and grandchildren have loved this museum.
It is full of great models and educational areas that the children will love.
The shop has affordable models for a good memory to take home.
Don't miss this one it is a lot of fun. Adults will learn stuff too

Thank Derek C
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Our 4 & 6 year old children chose this out as a place they'd like to visit while on holiday in Dorset & the leaflet made it sound very impressive. We were very underwhelmed with the whole experience & were amazed that they could ask the price they did - £22.50 for our young family wiith only 1-2 hrs worth of viewing. Felt let down to have travelled specially there from Lyme Regis & based a whole day of our holiday around this very disappointing museum. If the prices reflected the contents I would've felt less cheated! Wish we'd read the other reviews before embarking on our day out...

8  Thank Sazzy1
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Took my 2 and 4 year olds to this and was impressed by how much it captured their imagination. The museum is relatively small but there is enough to cater for all ages: factual reading for grown-ups, and life-size models, a video, quiz and hands-on interactive activities for younger children.
It was probably a bit on the expensive side for a ticket just to the museum on its own, but if you are staying a couple of days and bought a passport ticket that gets you into all of the 5 linked Dorchester attractions I would say it would work out value for money.

1  Thank Helen H
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our five year old enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits. It is pricey but the models and information are good. Not the place if you want a deeper insight into dinosaurs but if you have small children an enjoyable place to spend some time.
A word of warning do not venture in on a bank holidays, very busy and hot! Go on a hot day when everyone is on the beach.

Thank Wellie71
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