Dinosaur Isle Museum

Dinosaur Isle in Sandown, Isle of Wight is an Accredited Museum holding an impressive collection of dinosaur items.

Built in 2001 at a cost of £2.7m, funded in part by a Millennium Lottery grant, the distinctive building is popular with school parties and visitors alike.

Sandown’s New Dinosaur Isle: When it could open and hints at who might run it

Dinosaur Isle on a summer day with two people walking in front of it

At an Isle of Wight council meeting this evening, it emerged when Sandown’s New Dinosaur Isle could open, clues to who might run it and it sounds like tens of millions extra could be invested

Thursday, 11th March, 2021 7:40pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle: Process under review after questions over commercial viability emerge

The Lost Duver Project - Sea Thrift by Dinosaur Isle

The leader of the Isle of Wight council said just a few weeks ago that the process was in the final stages, but officers are now recommending the Invitation to Tender be reviewed

Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 4:01pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle: Unrivalled tourism offer planned as part of major project, says council leader

Dinosaur Isle on a summer day with two people walking in front of it

Residents in Sandown have been waiting a long time to hear what will be happening with Dinosaur Isle and the land occupied by Brown's Golf Course and Artecology's studio

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 1:14pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight discovery of new species of 115 million-year-old dinosaur

Artist's impression by Trudie Wilson

The very rare find was discovered by two different holiday makers and a resident from Ryde. They'll be on display at Dinosaur Isle from today (Wednesday)

Wednesday, 12th August, 2020 6:32am

By IW Council Press Office with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘dinosaur hunter’ honoured with prestigious international award

Nick chase with family

Nick Chase is the country’s leading discoverer of British dinosaur material. and has just been presented with this prestigious international award by the Palaeontological Association.

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018 12:58pm

By IW Council Press Office

Isle of Wight council choose ‘Light Touch Regime’ and Investment Partner route for Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle

The council have chosen to 'Procure an Investment Partner', using a ‘Light Touch Regime’ for Dinosaur Isle's future. The British Dinosaur Trust are still hopeful.

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018 4:45pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

British Dinosaur Trust plan to turn Dinosaur Isle into The British Dinosaur Centre

Dr Jeremy Lockwood DI_preview

A great boost for Dinosaur Isle and Sandown. The British Dinosaur Trust plan to turn Dinosaur Isle into The British Dinosaur Centre - creating a major national visitor attraction.

Monday, 4th June, 2018 5:51pm

By Jeremy Lockwood with one comment

Isle of Wight council start search for Dinosaur Isle ‘investment partner’ (Updated)

Dinosaur Isle

On Museum Day, the council say the process for finding an investment partner will include a ‘negotiation’ approach to "help maximise all opportunities" and will include more feasibility work on using council land next to the museum.

Friday, 18th May, 2018 3:03pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle’s future: Promising start, but we’re not there yet, say Friends

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The Chair of The Friends of Dinosaur Isle Museum shares a detailed update with OnTheWight about the Isle of Wight council’s ‘Soft Market Test' event that took place last week.

Thursday, 26th October, 2017 4:29pm

By Jeremy Lockwood

Friends of Dinosaur Isle outline their vision for an exciting future


Following OnTheWight breaking the news about the uncertain future of Dinosaur Isle, we approached the Friends of Dinosaur Isle asking them to outline their vision for what the popular attraction could be in the future, while staying in the hands of Islanders.

Monday, 16th October, 2017 6:55pm

By Jeremy Lockwood with 2 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle’s future uncertain as Isle of Wight council explores options

Dinosaur Isle

The council are actively pitching around for 'partners' to take it over. What's unclear is why this is happening when the Friends of Dinosaur Isle have been trying to take it off the council's hands for eight years.

Thursday, 12th October, 2017 6:52pm

By Simon Perry with 12 readers' comments

Dinosaur Isle to celebrate the Isle of Wight’s ‘greatest dinosaur hunter’

Dinosaur Isle

Thanks to a grant from the Royal Society’s Local Heroes scheme, Dinosaur Isle is to celebrate Britain's ‘greatest dinosaur hunter’, the Reverend William Fox.

Monday, 12th December, 2016 9:06am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment