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Dinosaur Isle, Sandown

Natural History Museum · History Museum
Built in the shape of a giant flying dinosaur, Dinosaur Isle maintains a large collection of fossils collected from the isle. Museum curator Steve Hutt discovered the fossil of a large, predatory dinosaur, which he personally named Neovenator. See the dinosaur displayed in the museum, and try out some of the interactive activities. Little ones can uncover their own dinosaurs in the mini sand excavations. Older, more tech-savvy kids will enjoy the robotic dinosaur models and interpretive apps available for smartphones. There’s no place to get food inside, so don’t go in hungry. PutDinosaur Isle into our Sandown trip planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • A small museum mostly contained in one large room but the entry fee reflects that. A lot of info and facts to read, plus models, skeletons, and fossils to see. May be suited to older kids though...  more »
  • You pay for what u get. Although advertised as all child age appropriate, this place is boring for the little one's. Great place for older children interested in history only.  more »
  • It's my husband who's the dinosaur addict, not me, so I'm always a bit dubious about dinosaur museums, and this one did not challenge my expectations. Lots of information, some of it scarcely...  more »
  • We went as a family of 4 (2 adults, 1 toddler and 1 baby). Parking is a flat rate of £4 (irrespective of length of time spent there). Upon entering the place, the staff were friendly and welcoming. The pay area and gift shop (it's combined) were well laid out. We were advised that due to parking that had been paid for that we would receive a discount for entry fees (which we gratefully received). The entry prices were very cheap (£5 per adult) and children went cheaper (from the ages of 3-15, I think - I cannot remember the exact age for pricing) but under 3's went free! We were also advised regarding the toilet facilities (wheelchair accessible and a changing table was available for our baby). The museum is well laid out with so much to see! Whilst there was an abundance of information readily available this was not appreciated by our toddler. He was more interested in the interactive areas that were available. From viewing things through the microscope to making a robotic dinosaur move, he was certainly entertained for a good hour! With dinosaur bones to view, geological rocks to see and other items (including 'What did Dinosaurs smell?' and a colouring section for tracing) there was a lot to do to keep little ones (and older ones) entertained. I would recommend visiting Dinosaur Isle, it's fascinating to learn what was unearthed on the island itself!
  • Absolutely fascinating. Superb displays and entire dinosaur skeletons with interesting stories of how they were found and Interactive activities. Priced well. You can even look into the laboratory and see the paleontologists at work. Spent about 2 hours here and loved it.
  • Really good when you have a daughter interested in dinosaurs and fossils. Especially good to keep the kids busy on a rainy day as it's totally indoors. Apart from the fossil and dinosaur facts and models upstairs the children can colour or paint.
  • Quite small inside, but lots of interesting displays and fossils. A fair amount of activities for the kids to do, but overall don't expect to spend more than about 3 hours here. If your kids like dinosaurs then they'll also love the gift shop...
  • Great little place. £5 for adults and £4 for children. Lots to see and interact with. Activities for children upstairs. Large gift shop with very reasonably priced goods.

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