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Jurassic Birthday in Dorchester

Dinosaur Museum 1

8:21am 27th June 2014
(Updated 2:47pm 27th June 2014)

Its not much of an age compared to most of its exhibits, but Dorchester's Dinosaur Museum is today celebrating its 30th birthday!

The museum has welcomed millions of people through its doors over the years, providing displays of dinosaur bones and skeletons as well as hands-on activities.

Museums across the world have watched closely since the attraction first opened its doors, because of the unique ways they would communicate with visitors. The 'feely box' was first invented at the Dinosaur Museum, something which is now seen around the country.

Tim Batty, the museum's curator, said: "In 1984 the museum was an instant success when it opened. People were really excited, and the hands-on displays and family friendly approach struck a chord with the museum's visitors."

Percy, the museum's T rex, is also celebrating his 65 millionth birthday, but will be sticking with just 30 candles on his cake!

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