The Isle of Wight is also known as 'Dinosaur island' and with good reason as it is one of the most prolific areas in Europe for dinosaur finds and has been called the UK's Dinosaur Capital by Dr Paul Barrett from the Natural History Museum.
Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum and sits right on the beach in Sandown explaining how life on Earth changed and evolved, starting from around 126 million years ago. The youngest fossils are those from the more recent cold climates of the Ice-Ages.
The displays are fully interactive, there are quizzes, challenges and plenty of opportunity for the kids to learn about the prehistoric history of the Isle of Wight. The museum provides an all-year education service for schools and other organisations, and a programme of public walks at places of geological and palaeontological interest.
The collections were started by members of the Isle of Wight Philosophical Society about 200 years ago, and have been added to over the years. Many of Dinosaur Isle's fossils appear in scientific publications, and continue to be researched. Dinosaur Isle is the most recent building to house the collection, opening in 2001.
April - August 10am to 6pm
September - October 10am to 5pm
November - March 10am to 4pm
Adult tickets cost £5.00
Children (aged 3 to 15) £3.70
Family ticket starts from £16 (2 adults and 2 children).
(Prices correct April 2013)