Lyme Regis Philpot Museum, Lyme Regis

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#5 of 66 in Museums in Dorset
Lyme Regis Museum stands in the heart of the town, just where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Built on the site of the home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the museum is one of the architectural gems of the town and is packed with fascinating displays. Find out about Lyme’s early and maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles.
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  • The area around Lyme Regis, known as the 'Jurassic Coast', is rightly famous for fossils and at the town's museum there is an excellent collection of them for you to see. But it's not only fossils the...  more »
  • I don't like fossils and stuff (especially irregular echinoderms). The boy behind the counter with the little beard was a gem though  more »
  • If you want to learn about Lyme Regis and it's history this is the place to go. Well laid out displays, lots of variety and information. We spent a good hour and a half here - well worth the entry fee...  more »
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  • Excellent! Fascinating place. Did the fossil tour along the coast with Chris and Paddy from the museum. Although it was raining it was perfect weather for finding and seeing fossils. Chris and Paddy were amazing and kept the tour really fun and interesting! Thanks guys, highly recommended and will be back!
  • Definitely a must see even worth a travel, the day tours they run are fantastic even in rainy cold weather. These are ideal conditions for finding the fossils and the tour guides are extremely charismatic and fun to have. While on the tour the guides try and find fossils for everyone in the group which depends on the day. Tour takes 3 hours and is never boring and total worth it
  • The Museum has a fascinating insight to the history of Lyme Regis that has more history then most provincial towns in the UK thanks to being a major trading port also. The real fun for the little ones is going on a guided Fossil hunt down to the beach. We were guided by a geologist called Paddy who was very informative, clear and fun. With his guidance you are easily guaranteed a few finds of good quality fossils - certainly hunting the ammonites is a little like going on an Easter egg hunt. My only complaint is that the hunt is a little long for our 5 and 9 year old who started flagging about half way through - but I am being very picky. On a sunny day, make sure you take plenty of water and possibly a snack to keep going... and also a bag, to carry all your findings in. I will definitely be going back to see what else I can find!
  • Excellent museum. I generally don't visit museums but my son (6) was doing a school project on fossils and dinosaurs. Very informative and interesting. Was not bored at any point. Also fairly priced. Would recommend to anyone interested in fossils.
  • Great informational fun just wish I could buy a book they had on display called Jurrassic Poop
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