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The Dinosaur Museum welcomes many groups each year from a wide area.

Although dinosaurs became extinct nearly 65 million years ago, they are very much alive in the hearts and minds of people today especially children, who are fascinated by everything dinosaurian from a very young age and form a unique vehicle to harness the child's early interest and channel that interest to study science and other subjects.

The Dinosaur Museum's unique mix of fossils, skeletons, and life-size dinosaur reconstructions with hands on, interactive and video displays make it an ideal visit for adults and children alike. The museum is situated only 8 miles from the Jurassic Coast making it perfect for combining with fossil hunting trips on a suitable beach or other field work.

Introductory Talks

Introductory talks are available if required and are free. Should you wish your group to have a talk they must be booked in advance.


A free worksheet is available for each child. There are two levels and samples are available on request. Please feel free to copy and/or alter the worksheet in advance to suit your own specific purposes.

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Hands-on dinosaur experience

In Britain, due to geological factors, we do not have the remains of the spectacular dinosaurs such as those found in the badlands of the United States, Argentina, China and Mongolia. British dinosaurs, while occupying the same ecological niches as their American cousins, have not been found in so complete a state. The dinosaur bearing geological strata in Britain is limited to a few areas. One of those areas is Dorset, and it is in Dorset that Britain's first dinosaur museum was established in 1984. Dorset's unique geological nature and especially that of its coast is recognised in the designation of the coastline as part of the Jurassic Coast.

The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester is not a dry and dusty museum. The Dinosaur Museum is bright and exciting and fun to be in, breaking down barriers between visitors and exhibits. Visitors to The Dinosaur Museum are positively encouraged to touch and use all their senses in their quest to experience the dinosaur world.

At The Dinosaur Museum the history of dinosaurs is told thematically through displays dealing with all the many aspects of these primordial beasts. Fossils including dinosaur eggs, skulls, teeth and claws, plus dinosaur bones are displayed with dinosaur skeletons and life-size reconstructions. We firmly believe that learning should be fun. Hands on displays give information on dinosaurs in a fun way and present the very latest on dinosaurs - there is always something new to see.

Since The Dinosaur Museum opened in 1984 it has welcomed group visits from all over the south and south west as well as London. The Museum has been featured extensively on radio and television, including programmes, such as Blue Peter, The Really Wild Show, Caterpillar Trail, Tickabilla, The Tweenies and many others.

If you have any particular needs or requirements please e-mail or phone us, we are always pleased to help.

Dinosaur Schools and Group Party Rates

For pre-booked groups of 15 or more:
Adults Please phone
One adult is allowed with every ten children.
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Joint rates

We have special joint rates for schools and groups wishing to visit the Dinosaur Museum and The Tutankhamun Exhibition.

Joint rates for the Dinosaur Museum and Tutankhamun Exhibition are:
Adults Please phone
One adult is allowed with every ten children.
Please phone

Contact Us

Telephone: 01305 269880        Admin: 01305 269741
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