We’ve just been to Hull last month and found this really fun interactive dinosaur museum: Dinostar. It’s in the fruit market area of Hull near the marina. Only open on weekends and some school holidays only 11am-5pm. It’s cheap and cheerful. It’s not modern, not flashy and is a “no frills” sort of place. Why you’ll love it? It’s very interactive, kids can touch, climb, learn about and play around with all things dinosaur, and it only costs a couple of quid to get in.
Find Dinostar at HU1 1TH. Adults £3, kids £1.50. There’s 2 floors to the museum, with a flight of stairs going up to the top floor and no lift. So you would have to leave buggies downstairs, and if you struggle with stairs due to mobility problems you get free entry into the museum. It is very close to The Deep (across the road, really) and in the trendy Fruit Market area of Hull. For something to eat try Thieving Harry’s on the same row at the opposite end to Dinostar.
There is a stamp trail around the museum where you can find a number of dinosaur stamps at stations on both floors to stamp onto a trail sheet that you get at the ticket desk. Once completed you can bring the trail sheet back for free kids entry on another visit.
Although dinostar only has 2 small floors there is plenty to see and they’ve certainly cramped things in. The floor boards might be a bit creaky and the paint needs re-doing but the exhibitions are well thought out and cared for. There’s so many different touchy-feely dinosaur things to play with, touch, have photos with, explore, climb on and just enjoy. Eric really liked it and couldn’t believe that none of it was off limits. This is not a “don’t touch” sort of place.
It isn’t scary, there is nothing making huge roaring noises and it isn’t dark.
The ground floor has an amazing interactive dinosaur sand pit where technology is used to react your hands touching the sand, so any shapes in the sandpit turns into water, mountains or land. I’ve never seen that before and thought it was absolutely amazing. Could have played with that for ages! In this room you’ll find a good few big dinosaurs to climb and have photos with.
Upstairs there’s 3 rooms with more dinosaur things to see and touch, in the biggest room there are some crafts.
In total we were there probably 1.5 hours from start to finish. The museum is small but you can drag it out especially with the interactive stuff and finding all the stamps. It was a unique experience, very hands on and Eric loved it. He was playing for a while in the upstairs craft room with a dinosaur model table, colouring, sandpit and books. He loved taking photos with the big dinosaurs.
There is a small gift shop and you do have to exit through it to leave the museum. There is not an overwhelming load of stuff to buy and we didn’t buy anything. It’s free to go in the shop and there’s a T-Rex head to have a photo with if you want. 🙂
I would say this museum is best for toddlers aged 3 and up. There is not much for smaller ones to do and they wouldn’t be able to participate in the little games, stamp trail, etc., it is educational in a fun way.
Will I go back? It’s a cute, cheap, interactive dinosaur museum so yes, I would. It’s rare you can find exhibitions that are this interactive when it comes to dinosaurs, usually they’re off limits to touch, and especially climb. For that reason I’d go back, there was definitely enough to do to get your moneys worth. 🙂
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