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Lyme Regis Philpot Museum, Lyme Regis

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The Lyme Regis Museum is a local museum in the town of Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England.The museum building was commissioned in 1901 by Thomas Philpot, a relative of the fossil collector Elizabeth Philpot, hence the name. The architect of the building was George Vialls, who also designed the nearby Guildhall . It is built on the site of the birthplace and home of the fossil hunter Mary Anning. The family also ran a shop here.The collections and subject areas exhibited include fossils from the surrounding area dating from the Jurassic period, geology, local maritime history, memorabilia, and writers associated with the town such as Jane Austen and John Fowles. The curator at the museum is Mary Godwin.An ornate example of Coade stone work, in the form of ammonites is set into the pavement outside the museum, reflecting both local history and the palaeontology for which Lyme Regis is well known.
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  • The weather has not stopped us enjoying our day! (It was wet and windy with a few period of sunshine). Chris and Paddy's walk was educational, informative BUT not boring. No questions were left unansw...  more »
  • We went for fossil walk with Paddy in February and it was great! we found fossils before however with Paddy we found more than ever and we learn more how to find them. Somebody said before that if you...  more »
  • This was fantastic. We went with our 8 and 12 year old daughters for a 3 hour guided walk and brought home pockets full of fossils we found. The guides were fantastic.  more »
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  • +JMJ...Visited during travels to meet with a British pen pal and her friend. She new of my fascination with fossils and that I had read a book about a lady geologist who found many fossils which I believe are housed in this museum. I was in history and fossil Heaven!
  • Fascinating and amazing local fossil discoveries, including large dinosaur parts. Interesting and helpful displays. Right next to the beach where you can find your own fossils.
  • A great museum. Fantastic for kids. Ask art the desk about activities for them.
  • Very interesting.
  • We have visited the Lyme Regis Museum several times over the last 20 years and are total fans. It's a great site, a quirky building and absolutely packed to the gunwales with fascinating local history. We love the spiral staircase and little turret, and the way than no space is wasted. The history of Lyme with its cob and old harbour is well-covered, and the models are excellent. The geology - especially about the landslips - is superb. And the literary element, and John Fowles-related bits, are great too. Please don't change it too much! It's charming and unique. When I was last there, and added my comments to the visitors' book, a couple just before me had declared it boring and old-fashioned. I beg you not to take any notice! They must be mad...and there are plenty of bland, could-be-anywhere, corporate-style museums around if that's what they're after. Long live the eccentric, individual, genuine local museums of Britain.