Prehistoric Island

Presented by Dinosaur Isle

From authentic fossils to life-sized dinosaur displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this landmark paleontological institution

Combining fascinating displays, educational experiences and “bone-a-fide” fun for the whole family, a trip to Dinosaur Isle Museum promises to be an unforgettable. Home to one of the most important collections of dinosaur fossils on the planet, this unique institution is constantly evolving with finds from the latest paleontological discoveries. 

Dinosaur Isle’s main exhibition features everything from sharks and pterosaurs to ammonites, insect remains and more. A reconstructed prehistoric landscape set with life-sized dinosaur models is designed to spark young imaginations, complete with authentic fossils that help to indicate what the island would have looked like 125 million years ago. 

This exhibition is also where visitors will catch a glimpse of the museum’s working laboratory, with expert staff and passionate volunteers working hard to extract new fossils from the rocks that have entombed them for millennia. The lab team is often at hand to answer questions about their work, as well as allowing budding paleontologists to interact with real bones and other fossils.

“The museum is home to one of the most important collection of dinosaur fossils in the world”

Outside of the lab, the museum galleries feature a wide range of interactive displays – including a hugely popular robotic dinosaur – while other highlights include an education room with art activities, games and toys. The museum shop is also well stocked with dino-tastic gifts. 

Located on the Isle of Wight’s picturesque seafront, just north of Sandown, Dinosaur Isle is open year-round. In addition to offering educational activities for schools, when the tide permits during school holidays, museum staff lead field trips to the nearby beach at Yaverland, where dinosaur bone fragments may be unearthed on the shore. Other island excursions include Shanklin Beach and Compton Bay, both of which are also fossil-rich localities. 

For more information, head to or the Dinosaur Isle Facebook page. In line with the latest government Covid-19 measures, advance booking is essential and parties will need to register details of all attending visitors. The museum also has hand sanitiser points installed throughout the building.