Waited 30 mins to be told excitedly at the entrance that the main attraction inside was an Argentinosaurus (wow) that you could walk under (and look at it’s bottom, yes we were promised that) - but would have to queue again? This turned to be nothing more than ONE VR headset with another 25 min wait during which time we gave up as our 5 and 6 yr old boys were getting bored and worried when a child fell over with it on and hurt himself as we stood in line. Apart from that - two rooms, with Yorkshire's trilobites and ammonites etc., and, wait for it, 'although not found in Yorkshire but Oxfordshire' - a Megalosaurus (a real dinosaur - hooray!) - well a picture of it on the wall. Laughably, the main attraction in one room was a 'sandpit-type thing that children with little or no imagination could 'look' for plastic 'fossils'. Other than that, a badly displayed Plesiosaur, I guess exhibited because they were found close to what was ‘Yorkshire’ - although I did not realise Argentina was part of Yorkshire. Overhyped - with David Attenborough opening it and a sneaky marketing campaign showing real-looking dinosaurs on posters and a youtube video craftily not showing any of the exhibit but bits of York dubbed with dinosaur ‘sounds’. Sorry, but kids (and adults too) are not interested in tatty fossils you could find in any museum display with boring descriptions about chalk deposits in the Cretaceous (thought we were in the Jurassic) etc. They want to see large skeletons of meat-eating theropods, plant-eating sauropods etc, to get their imaginations running. 20 mins in two overcrowded rooms (well we detoured the obligatory shop) - it claims it is on 3 floors - one 'floor' is about "Yorkshire man" (did cavemen live with dinosaurs or in the Jurassic? Seriously!), followed by a few stairs up to a third floor the size of a box room. We thought we had just started the exhibition and were getting dinosaur-excited when we found ourselves at the exit - 15 quid lighter (plus the expense of a trip to York) with 2 unhappy boys! Totally duped. Cynically executed Yorkshire museum. Cheers, well done!
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