Lyme Regis Philpot Museum
Lyme Regis Philpot Museum
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"A delightful and remarkable museum, a gem" - Sir David Attenborough. Extended in 2017, discover 185 million years of history at this charming and friendly museum with stunning views of Lyme Bay. Families are very welcome - it's free for children to visit and there is plenty to keep them busy in the new interactive geology gallery and learning centre. There are fossils galore, and you can combine your visit with a fossil walk to really make the most of your day out. Inside you will find a wonderful interior and displays that tell fascinating stories about fossil collecting and geology on the Jurassic Coast, and the personalities who played a key part such as renowned fossilist Mary Anning. You will also find displays about the artists and writers inspired by Lyme including John Fowles and Jane Austen along with the story of the famous Cobb, the Civil War and every aspect of the town's rich history. Please check website for seasonal opening times and for entry prices.
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  • David R
    Christchurch, United Kingdom436 contributions
    Mary Anning’s house, a fossil treasure trove
    A really good museum with interesting information about Lyme Regis down the years. Key exhibits are some of the amazing fossil finds from nearby and links to Mary Anning the world renowned fossil finder. Wonderful ichthyosaurs and ammonites dominate the first floor galleries.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2023
  • shinny_d
    Wantage, United Kingdom173 contributions
    Fossil walk
    We did the fossil walk this morning and it was amazing. Chris and Richard were fantastic, so knowledgable, engaging and very helpful the whole time. You also get to visit the museum as part of the price and there are some great things in there. I cannot recommend it enough!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2023
  • Melissa M
    Nottingham, Maryland68 contributions
    Wonderful history of Lyme Regis
    The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to the non-fossil history of Lyme Regis. Old firefighting equipment, coins found dating from the 1300s, Monmouth Rebellion artifacts, etc. The top floor is full of fossils. Ammonites. Ichthyosaurs. Plesiosaurs. Everything you could imagine, from finds hundreds of years ago to recent discoveries. Chris is so fantastic and explains things so clearly, and Paul was wonderful to talk to about fossils. Paula was so patient with us as we kept finding more things to buy and fossil walks to schedule! I spent a good amount of time here and would go back soon!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Annie M
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom343 contributions
    An unexpected gem
    A bit of an unexpected gem is how I would describe the museum. There is a real mix of local and social history as well as the obvious focus on the amazing fossils that have been discovered in the area and are displayed here. The fossil walk was also very interesting as well as showing you what you should be looking out for. Paul was Betty knowledgeable and passed on his expertise very well.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Dr Tanya
    3 contributions
    Who knew learning could be so much fun
    We booked a fossil walk that included entry to the museum making it excellent value. The museum was packed with local history and especially fossils. Our guide for the walk, Chris Andrew was witty and very knowledgeable. A wonderful way to spend a few hours. I would definitely recommend the museum and walk to others
    Visited February 2023
    Written 24 March 2023
  • 676kareng11
    Bedworth, United Kingdom249 contributions
    Very interesting
    We had a couple of hours free in Lyme Regis so thought we would go to the museum. The museum is really interesting especially about Mary Anning. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. The option on £2 extra for a annual pass is really good. This is a great place to learn something new.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Quietestman
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Brilliant guided fossil hunt
    Spent a fascinating, fun and informative few hours with the museum fossil hunt guides today. Despite the drizzle we all had a great time. Funny, knowledgable and enthusiastic professional guides who imparted their lifelong passion to a diverse age group in an encouraging and fun way. Highly recommend but do book
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Recah
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom27 contributions
    Great for children who like learning
    The Museum was really interesting especially about Mary Anning. Friendly staff on hand to answer questions. Children were given a fact sheet to answer questions which added to the fun, and plenty of drawer to open and look at other exhibits and other activities. Nice little shop with various reasonable gifts for the children.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Andrew
    London, United Kingdom23 contributions
    Good local museum
    This is a very well presented museum about the local history of Lyme Regis. The fossil collection is well displayed and impressive. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. It is sore as over 3 floors and took about an hour to go round.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2023
  • heather
    England, United Kingdom20 contributions
    Great little museum
    Great little museum, lots of fossils to look at! It’s really small so we managed to do the entire thing in half an hour, cute gift shop at the end to buy cuddly toys and books. Lots of history about Lyme Regis too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
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LiquidLil
Exeter, UK7 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
I went to the Christmas wreath making event today that I heard about through a friend. How fabulous - a really lovely lady helped to make the wreaths in the upstairs room with all materials provided. Loved it! I joined as a member which also gets me into the museum for the next year and while there heard about the mulled wine event in conjunction with the town lights switch on tonight. What lovely volunteers...all so helpful. A great day and such good value that I was more than happy to give a donation too. Thank you to all of you!
Written 25 November 2023
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review269
Greater London, UK114 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
What a wonderful and educational experience thanks to Chris Andrew, who is such a knowledgable and fun character that he turned all ten of us into enthusiastic amateur palaeontologists. Chris's presentation was both entertaining and rewarding, we were given a comprehensive overview about fossils by someone who has a passion for the subject. After our instructional talk we then ventured down on to the beach to find our own fossils, which was quite a revelation. Thanks Chris for making it a truly memorable experience for all of us, you were amazing, hope you managed to catch the bus home.
Written 21 November 2023
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MrGJ2000
Manchester, UK46 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
On arrival we were invited to come inside. Me and my friend Sarah had a great time, Sarah’s husband Tooony would be very jealous of our visit as he loves fossils so we didn’t tell him. Would recommend a visit here.
Written 8 November 2023
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David S
Great Malvern, UK710 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
You do have to pay for entry. There are excellent displays in an interesting building. Not just fossils, but local history was well. There is a lift, but not to top floor were there is a display about the railway that used to go to the town.

The gift shop could have catered for the more serious visitor with a better range of publications. Nothing on the local railway, now closed, for example.
Written 22 October 2023
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Tina K
Chester, UK95 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Overpriced for what it was. Plus art gallery at the top, we wanted to see fossils.
I'd go over the road to the shop, it's free to enter, they are far friendlier and the fossils are better!
Written 8 October 2023
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Josepha M
148 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum is small and full of fascinating information about Lyme Regis. Mary Anning and fossils are a major part of the displays. Jane Austen, the Cobb and the railway are other topics covered.
Written 25 September 2023
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Katy G
London, UK264 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely local museum, full of very interesting history. It covers the well known fossil finding past but also many other parts of history from the earliest times to the closure of the local railway. The buidling is attractive and the exhibits well selected and curated. The shop has some beautiful items, great for gifts. The volunteer staff were absoluetly lovely and so welcoming.
Written 22 September 2023
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Barrie C
Kent11 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful time at the fossil walk from the museum last Wednesday. Chris was brilliant ! - so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and humorous. With his guidance and advice we found some fossils on the beach and were delighted. It was fascinating to walk in the footsteps of Mary Anning. Entry to the museum is included in the cost of the walk.
Written 12 September 2023
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katiejohn
Brighton, UK25 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We loved this little museum, which manages to pack so much in, in such a small place. The displays are excellent both visually and informatively. Enthusiastic staff and a well stocked shop. Thank you
Written 12 September 2023
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nessief
Worcester, UK1,055 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I suppose we are spoilt with our home city museum being free. We paid £7.95 each for entry and yes it's interesting and well set out but not amazing. If you have limited mobility you won't be able to access the top floor.
Written 9 September 2023
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