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The Dinosaur Museum (Dorchester)

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Address: Icen Way, Dorchester / Dorset DT1 1EW / Vereinigtes Königreich ‎

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      02.07.2013 19:00
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      The dinosaur museum, Dorchester.

      About the Museum
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      Britain's original and award winning Dinosaur Museum located in Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, only 7 miles from the Jurassic Coast. The dinosaur museum is the only museum on mainland Britain dedicated to dinosaurs. This award winning museum is a treat, especially for children. The museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Hands-on displays help tell the story of the giant prehistoric animals and their enthralling world millions of years ago. Life-size reconstructions - including the dinosaur T rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops - beg to be touched by little hands - it's encouraged. Acclaimed as one of Britain's Top 10 Family Museums in 2006, the Dinosaur Museum is part of any Jurassic Coast experience.

      (Please note, the above information has been taken from their website)

      My nephew loves dinosaurs and fossils, which is why we decided to visit the museum. We were staying in Weymouth, which meant it would only be a short trip to the museum. My nephew was looking forwards to visiting the museum and we were as well, for a change of scenery. In the end me, my dad, sister, older nephew and much younger nephew all went to visit the museum.

      Admission Prices
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      Adults - £6.99
      Seniors - £5.99
      Students - £5.99
      Children £5.50
      Family (2 adults & 2 children) £23.50
      Children under three -Free

      The Museum
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      When you pay upon entering the museum the lady at the desk asked up whether we would like to take part in the Quiz which on correct completion you get a certificate. We decided to do this as my nephew wanted to show his school friends his certificate afterwards. The first room we walked into had a large dinosaur and a dinosaur skeleton, which were very big so took up most of the room. The 2nd room was a lot smaller and contained information about some dinosaurs and also some pictures as well. When entering the main room there is a set of stairs which you can go up to a cinema and also complete various puzzles based on dinosaurs. I couldn't go up here as I had to look after my younger nephew in the push-chair, how-ever my sister said it was quite good. The main room had a number of different sections in which you could read information about dinosaurs. There were some fossils to look at as well as various skulls and other things. Most of the information about the dinosaurs was printed so it would take a long time to read all the information. There were some life-sized models of dinosaurs which took up quite a lot of space in the museum. I was a little shocked at the way the information was laid out as it reminded me of a classroom. We were also shocked to find the small gift shop in this area as well which meant this was the end of the museum already. There were no further rooms to the museum which we were surprised by as we thought it was going to be a lot bigger than what it was.

      My older nephew is 5 so he was more interested at looking at the things rather than reading lots of information about dinosaurs. There were a few games to do downstairs such as pressing different buttons to hear the dinosaur roar. There were about 8 different dinosaurs to hear; how-ever they actually all sounded exactly the same which I thought defeated the object of this. We completed the quiz by finding answers from around the museum and my nephew got a printed certificate in which we just had to write his name. The gift shop sold a range of different items including plastic dinosaurs, fossils, stones and other items. We thought that the gift shop was rather pricey but my nephew purchased a piece of dinosaur egg shell and a few rocks with his spending money. Although you can walk around the museum easily with a push-chair as its flat and quite spacious, you can't go upstairs to the museum as they only have steps, which are also quite steep. I did notice a unisex toilet when walking round the museum but I can't comment on it as I didn't use it. There is a small outside area to the museum which has a life-size dinosaur model. I could see this out the door window but I didn't actually go out there.

      Overall Opinion
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      We went to Dorchester using the Park & Ride bus at the large Tesco which is located just outside of Dorchester. This cost us 50p to pay and enabled all of us to travel on the bus for free. This is a brilliant service as it drops you a short walk from the main town. It took us about 10mins to walk to the museum from the drop off point. After visiting the museum we were all surprised and a little shocked at how little the museum was and how much they charge to go in there. We were all disappointed by the museum as most of the information required a lot of reading which my nephew wasn't really interested in, especially as he is only just learning to read. He did enjoy doing some of the puzzles which were upstairs in the museum. My younger nephew found it boring as there wasn't really much to look at. We completed the museum in around 20mins, and I don't think anyone else would spend much longer than this in there due to the small size of it. If we had known how small the museum was we actually all wouldn't have gone in as it would have saved us some money. After visiting the museum I actually went onto the Trip Advisor website and other people have actually stated how the museum is very small and is a rip off for the price. We definitely won't be visiting here again and I would also recommend other people to avoid it. There are much better places to visit than here.

      Other Information
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      Opening Days/Times: Jan - March (includes Sundays) - 10am to 4pm.
      April - September (includes Sundays) - 10am - 5pm
      Oct - Dec (includes Sundays) - 10am - 4pm.
      Closed 13th - 26th December inclusive.

      Address: The Dinosaur Museum is situated in Dorchester the Count Town of Dorset on the South West Coat of England. (The Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, DT1 1EW).

      Getting There: There is a Coach & Car Park and the top of the town which is approximately 800 metres walk from the museum. There is a smaller car park 40 metres away but the main car parks are about 100 metres away. There are excellent rain links by Intercity on the Waterloo to Weymouth line stopping at Dorchester South. The Sprinter links Bristol to Dorchester West Station. The museum is about 10-15mins walk from either station.


      (review also on Ciao)

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