We are happy to announce that Dinosaur Isle will be open on the following days:
Friday & Saturday 4th & 5th December
Friday & Saturday 11th & 12th December
Friday & Saturday 18th & 19th December
10am until 4pm with last admission at 3pm.
Please email email@example.com to book your space for the museum or message via our Facebook page. Please do not phone Sunday - Thursday as the phone may not be answered.
There will be special Christmas shopping events on each of these dates with discounts across our range .
Entry to the shop is free and does not need to be pre booked. We will monitor numbers in the shop for your safety. Anyone not visiting the galleries will be encouraged to use the trace and track QR code located in reception.
Due to the Rule of 6 outdoors we are not able to offer public fossil walks at this time.
We anticipate reopening on Tuesday 5th January 2021, Tuesday to Saturday each week.
For those of you seeking a challenge indoors we have a selection of downloadable Colouring Sheets and some Word Searches .
We have created a Bite-sized activity you can do with some simple objects and a camera (as well as learn how chelonian bone changes when it becomes fossilised). Chelonians include turtles, tortoises and terrapins, and we find a lot of fragments of fossilised turtle bone on the north-coast of the Isle of Wight, dating from the end of the Eocene. We have included a fun activity for you at the end - we hope you find it inspirational. Click on the pdf logo to download the bite-sized science activity.
Our colleagues at the Island Heritage Service have produced two family activities to download. One is on making dragon puppets;
and another on making a Roman purse. Did you know that the Chinese were writing about digging up stone dragons in the 3rd Century AD - and what they were finding may have been dinosaurs.
Please note that being able to run events like fossil walks is affected by the current Covid19 restrictions. We hope to be able to do so again once it is safe to do so.
Travelling on the Island
Our Island roads are different. For visitors travelling by car or coach then please click here for closures or current roadworks.
Assistance dogs in the museum
A printing error in a visitor publication has led some customers to enquire about bringing their dogs into the museum. Dogs under close control are welcomed on our fossil walks, but unfortunately it is only assistance dogs that are allowed into the museum.