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The Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester

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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!
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  • Anyone who takes children to a museum knows that it's all about the kids and not them. You won't get to stop and read all the information you want to but you will get to do everything twice at three t...  more »
  • We visited this museum on a Friday lunchtime to break up our journey home from holiday. We spent an hour or so wandering round looking at all the hands on activities. Could easily have spent longer wi...  more »
  • We enjoyed the dinosaur museum with a 2 and a 4 year old - more suitable for the 4 year old although we managed to keep the 2 year old occupied. Apart from the exhibits, there was a film running that ...  more »
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  • When I was a kid, I had a bit of an obsession with dinosaurs and I constantly pestered my parents to visit this museum (living locally) every hour of every minute. They were reluctant to go there. When I decided (purely out of nostalgia) to visit again on my 18th Birthday I now understand why they were reluctant. The museum feels kind of stuffed. Like it doesn't fit in the building. They seemed to pack as much information in as possible but it sort of feel a bit much and too much for the eyes. The displays are also way too brightly coloured it feels like a primary school. Combining this and a lack of space makes the museum feel extremely claustrophobic. Situated in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, you'd at most expect the museum to have a decent amount of information about Dinosaurs in the local area. They have a few small displays with hardly any information on them. These are the factors that really turn me off but there are some redeeming qualities to this museum. The model dinosaurs are rather incredible (although whats more incredible is how they managed to fit these massive models into the building) and they are genuinely quite interesting to admire. I also like how family friendly it is. There are many activities for kids to do and explore and it is a very good quality to have. Adults may not find this interesting though. As museums go, the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester is a pretty standard, fan and interesting way to kill an hour or so. But that brings me to my biggest issue. An adult ticket is £7.65. That might not seem so bad but when you start putting two and two together you will see it for how it truly is. Google reckons that a typical visitor spends 1.5 hours there. When I visited, this was more like 1 hour. Now for a family of five, two adults and three kids (kids are £5.85) that is a sum total of £33.25, add the family discount that brings you to £28.84. For an hour of your life. There is a wonderful little cinema in Dorchester called the Plaza. At the plaza, an adult ticket is around £3.50 (on a weekend) for everyone. That's £17.50 for a family of five and for longer than 1.5 hours. Take my advice and do that. The dinosaur museum is over £8 more and I don't believe its worth it. Although, if you've exhausted everything else and have a bunch of unsettled angry children, then this may well be an option. Its a cute museum, but made bad for the entry fee.
  • Don't let the size of the place scare you off.. It may look small but it's packed with fun, info and activities. A smash hit with all budding paleontologist what ever the size 😂.
  • The Dinosaur Museum is a small, cramped museum whose displays are only so-so. Given the proximity to the Jurassic Coast it is surprising that it hasn't been moved to a larger building to allow for better access for people with disabilities as well as for larger, more modern exhibits and displays. While the museum has one of the now common kids' quest sheets to try and help maintain interest of your little ones, one of the answers requires the use of a computerised exhibit which causes a backlog of people wanting to use it, especially on a rainy day when everyone has the same idea to visit as it is indoors. Value for money with the entrance fee is poor too. If you don't want to see the Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warrior Museum, Tutankhamen Museum and Egyptian mummies, which are all equally underwhelming but which you can buy a combined ticket for which will at least allow you to while away half a day, I'd suggest not visiting
  • Was so much fun for my Dino crazy children lol. Staff are lovely and it was lots of fun! We all enjoyed the puzzles and learned a few new things too.
  • Quite small, and run down. Kids enjoyed it but it didnt take long to see everything

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