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The Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Absolutely superb collection of fossils from the main oil bearing strata in Britain

The new museum is very well laid out and the static displays are supplemented by excellent films... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mayfield, United Kingdom
Extremely interesting if you want to know about fossils

Visited with a 3 year old who loves dinosaurs. Great little area for the kids - Fossil hunting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ash, United Kingdom
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The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in the village of Kimmeridge, Dorset, is the home of over 2000 Kimmeridgian fossils brought to life in an interactive aquarium setting. Come visit our 'Stories From Deep Time'
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Main Street, Kimmeridge, England
+44 1929 270000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The new museum is very well laid out and the static displays are supplemented by excellent films illustrating how fossils are found and extracted and how important the collection is for many species.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank euenec
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with a 3 year old who loves dinosaurs. Great little area for the kids - Fossil hunting etc. Very interesting place to have a look around.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience to follow the past relics of the Jurassic coast all laid out in time gone by easy and interesting to follow.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Alan H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been a few times and everytime enjoyed, with various members of family w very interesting and educational

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 3 November 2018

Well presented modern museum. Some impressive interactive displays, good historical content of local fossils. Demonstrates what a bit of passion can achieve. Think this place is a work in progress and felt it was a bit pricy but does get you 12 months entry.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LISA A
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

I had high hopes of the museum, but came away feeling rather disappointed. It’s a museum with great potential, but it doesn’t justify its £8 entry fee (regardless of the annual pass). The collection is impressive, but small, and not put into context well enough...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Carla C, Public Relations Manager at The Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback. We also think that we have lots of potential too. It is important to note that we are a charity and receive NO regular funding from either the government or local council, we are completely self financed and...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

We were staying almost next door at the local B&B and had a couple of hours free to visit here, it is worth the entry fee (you can use your ticket again for free entry for the rest of the year) we went up the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank laurabrown507
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

What a stunning building hosting an amazing collection of fossils - my daughter loves the dinosaur swimming over you whilst you are looking at the bones of the same creature. On a previous visit we’ve been lucky to hear Steve Etches talk about how he...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 11 September 2018

A good facility although a little pricey for the length of visit. Superb presentation of the fossils in a new building. Worth a visit when in Kimmeridge

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank TLPaul
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Like many of its exhibits, the devil is in the detail here. The Etches Collection has some outstanding fossils, and packs much into its walls. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, especially if you've tried your hand at fossiling nearby. It's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mark P
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Brian John S
11 April 2018|
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Response from Carla C | Property representative |
£8 Adults and £4 children (5-16), under 5s are free - the tickets last a whole year enabling the holder to visit the museum as many times as they like within that period for free.
Rachel T
14 March 2017|
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Response from thompsonjstjet | Reviewed this property |
Yes check their web-page.
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Response from kane47pam47 | Reviewed this property |
I think it is 10am ton5pm everyday.very nice tearoom directly opposite.