Dinosaur Isle Museum

About This Attraction

The Isle of Wight is one of the richest fossil sites in Britain, and is the richest dinosaur locality in Europe, and one of the top ten localities in the World. Dinosaur Isle Museum is the home to many of these finds. This includes the mounted skeleton of the carnivorous Neoventator, and plant eating Iguanodon.

The museum is so much more than dinosaurs with displays of fossils from across the Island including ammonites and Ice Age mammals. There are interactives and you can meet the staff who work cleaning the fossils and the scientists who study them at their open lab door. You can pick up and touch real fossils dating to up to 130 million years old. 

The museum also has an education room where you can learn more about the dinosaurs, do art activities, and enjoy fabulous view across Sandown Bay. The shop is well stocked with gifts, books and toys. They also offer expert guided fossil collecting trips at certain times of the year.

Jan- June, Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4 pm.

July and August daily 10 am – 5 pm.

September- December, Tuesday- Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.

Last admission one hour before closure.

Adult £6, Children and Pensioners £5.
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £17.50, (2 Adults & 3 Children) £20.50

Why should I visit?

    • Display of dinosaur bones, from the richest dinosaur locality in Europe.
    • Displays of dinosaur models and reconstructions
    • Interactives including animatronic dinosaur
    • Touch real dinosaur bones and fossils
    • Meet the experts who collect and study the bones


Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 3 and above
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Dinosaur Isle Museum

Valid from 30th Dec 2021 until 31st Dec 2022

One free child with accompanying full price paying adult

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Where to find us


Culver Parade
Isle of Wight
PO36 8QA


01983 404344


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Find us online

By car, on arrival in Sandown, the museum can either be approached from the town direction via Avenue Road, turning left onto Culver Parade, or from Yaverland, from the Bembridge direction. From the Fishbourne car ferry follow signs for Sandown, you will arrive via Brading, where you can turn left at Yar Bridge, then left to Yaverland. Similarly, if travelling via East Cowes car ferry follow signs initially towards Newport, then at the large roundabout at the junction with the A3054, follow signs to Sandown, via Ryde then Brading.

The railway station is approximately 20 minutes’ walk. From the station walk down Station Avenue. At the bottom of the road turn right and follow the road to the junction at the library. Cross over onto the seafront road- Culver Parade to your left.

Located on Sandown seafront the museum is a short walk from the town. The No 8 bus from Newport stops outside the museum. Bus numbers 2 and 3 from Ryde bus station (and the ferries) stop in the town center.

Kids activities

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  • Touch real fossils and see real dinosaurs
  • Activity sheets and visit the education room to paint and draw
  • Fully stocked shop with a wide range of dinosaur gifts
  • Fossil collecting trips are offered at certain times of the year
  • Other booked events include build your own fossil collection