Dinosaur Isle

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Dinosaur Isle
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The outside of Dinosaur Isle.
Established 2001
Location Sandown, Isle of Wight
Curator Steve Hutt
Website Website

Dinosaur Isle is a purpose-built dinosaur museum located on the Isle of Wight in southern England.[1]

The museum was designed by Isle of Wight architects Rainey Petrie Johns in the shape of a giant pterosaur.[2] It claims to be the first custom-built dinosaur museum in Europe. The £2.7 million cost of the museum was provided by Isle of Wight Council and the National Lottery Millennium Commission.[3] Dinosaur Isle opened to visitors on 20 August 2001.

The museum features numerous replica fossils and life-sized models of Iguanodon, Polacanthus, Eotyrannus and Neovenator - the last is animatronic.[2] The Neovenator was discovered and named by the museum's curator Steve Hutt. Guests are given the opportunity to speak to experts and watch them at work.

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  1. ^ "Things to do in South East England - Dinosaur Isle". www.visitsoutheastengland.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Enjoy England - Dinosaur Isle". www.enjoyengland.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Dinosaur Isle official website - About Us". www.dinosaurisle.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 50°39′33″N 1°08′34″W / 50.6592°N 1.1428°W / 50.6592; -1.1428