The Isle of Wight Council-run facility attracted over 22,000 visitors through the doors, with many taking part in guided fossil walks. It also hosted a number of international journalists specialising in pre-historic news, and welcome programme makers from ITV as part of the channel’s Dinosaur Britain TV series.
A visit from 30 international palaeontologists also took place to complete a busy but successful month for the museum.
General manager Peter Pusey said:
“It’s been a very busy month, not only for visitor numbers, but also for the scientific world with high-profile visitors from the pre-historic field.
“With national TV exposure and our collections at the forefront of a major conference, it really has been a memorable month for the museum.”
Councillor Ian Stephens, Executive member for tourism, culture and heritage, added:
“Dinosaur Isle remains a very popular attraction on the Isle of Wight and the August events and figurers further prove that.
“The rise in visitor numbers will no doubt have something to do with the wet weather and people seeking indoor entertainment, but for the museum to host a prestigious conference and receive a visit from international journalists while welcoming over 22,000 visitors in August is a reflection of the hard work of staff running the facility.”
Dinosaur Isle Museum opened in August 2001 and earlier this year welcomed its one millionth visitor.