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Happy Birthday Dinosaur Museum!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Today one of Dorchester’s most popular museums, The Dinosaur Museum, celebrates its 30th birthday.

On this day back in 1984 the museum opened its doors for the very first time, wowing visitors with its unique and innovative mix of fossils, skeletons and dinosaur reconstructions combined with hands-on activities and multimedia displays

Over the years millions of families and school visitors have explored the exhibits and been immersed in the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs.

30 Years and Still Going Strong!

The museum was an instant hit when it opened, with its hands-on displays and family-orientated approach earning it a nomination for the European Museum of the Year award in 1985.

The museum has since picked up several awards and honours over the years, and was chosen by the Daily Telegraph as one of Britain’s Top Ten Hands-on Museums. It has also appeared regularly on children’s TV, including on Blue Peter, the Really Wild Show and Tikkabilla.

The Dinosaur Museum broke new ground for interactive museums, and a number of the features it pioneered, such as the use of computers with special programs in displays and the ‘feely box’, have now been adopted by museums all around the world.

Not only that, but the Museum has also used its expertise to give advice and support to a wide range of other museums and dinosaur projects around the world, as far away as Beijing.

Things are constantly changing and being added at the museum, so it’s always worth a visit no matter whether you’ve been before or it’s your first time. If you head to their website you can download a voucher for 50p off each ticket.

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