Dinosaur Isle in Sandown offers an unforgettable interactive dinosaur experience. Hear the roar of a dinosaur, smell a real Cretaceous park and watch the experts at work in the laboratory. You can walk through a reconstructed landscape as it was 125 million years ago and see life-sized models of the dinosaurs, including a robotic, flesh eating Neovenator (a relative of T-Rex) and real life fossilised remains of animals and plants. A professional palaeontologist will also be on hand to identify any of your own fossil finds.

Due to social distancing measures still in force, Dinosaur Isle is currently capping numbers in the museum at any one time. In order to reserve your entry please telephone (01983 404344) once you have purchased your tickets where they will take your details in order to comply with NHS Test & Trace system. Please note the last admission time is 15:00hrs (3pm)

Dinosaur Isle will be re-opening on Friday 8 January. During January and February they will open Friday and Saturdays between 10:00 - 16:00. Please visit their website to see their updated information and how to purchase tickets.


Dinosaur Isle landed on Sandown's seafront next to a former boating lake in August 2001 – or so it would seem as the building is in the shape of a giant flying Pterosaur dinosaur. It was the first purpose-built dinosaur museum in this country and cost £2.7m, half of which came from a lottery grant from the Millennium Commission, and it certainly makes a statement.

After entering, via its 'mouth' you begin at the 'Ice Age' with the most recent finds of ancient mammals from the Newtown Creek area. As you walk through the corridors you are going further back in time...

One of the most striking exhibits in this area is the life size Ichthyosaur swimming in the sea surrounded by brightly coloured ammonites, which came from 'Walking with Dinosaurs' the series.

Walk into the huge centre of the museum and you meet life-size animatronic dinosaurs in their 'natural' habitat and the sounds these creatures might have made are triggered by sensors hanging from the ceiling. Just inside the door is a pneumatic dinosaur that you can operate.

On the 'identifying' table are fossils you can touch and it's here you bring your finds to ask one of the qualified palaeontologists to identify them. Another activity asks you to stick your hands into boxes to feel what is inside – dinosaur poo, called Coprolite, being is one of the things you feel!

There's a Sauropod found near the Dinosaur Farm, displayed as a life size skeleton and a 'Neovenator' dinosaur, mounted into the wall in a glass case and there are remains of an Eotyrannus and a Goniopholis (a type of crocodile).

So many dinosaurs and many are life sized – you'll love it.


  • open Tuesday to Saturday for September & October

Opening times

  • generally opens at 10:00 - please check the calendar on the left for specific days and times

Last admission

  • 1 hour before closing time - 3pm at the latest!


  • between April and October the car parking tickets from the machines behind the museum and the gravel car park to the side of the museum are two-part. Give the voucher part to Reception upon entry and they will redeem £2.50 of your car parking charges (charges do not apply November to March)


  • wheelchair useage by visitors is possible throughout the museum
  • lift to upper floor
  • disabled toilet facilities
  • assistance dogs are welcome


  • children aged 2 and under are free of charge
  • baby changing facilities available

Gift shop

  • stocked with quality gifts

We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic
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Dinosaur Isle Address: Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QA