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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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  • 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 »
  • First of all this is not just a fossil walk. If you are considering one of the many walks then go no further than Paddy Howe's team. Paddy is the best guide we have every encountered. He should be the...  more »
  • I have given 5 stars to the fossil hunting tour with Paddy Howe under fossil tours - this review is just the museum. It had a wonderful collection of fossils from the local land slips above the beach ...  more »
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  • A great museum. Fantastic for kids. Ask art the desk about activities for them.
  • 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.
  • Ok place to visit
  • Lyme regis museum is the best place for family fun, I had a great time there with my kids. The sea is fabulous and sparkling, as I am a VERY KEEN writer I was able to write a GLORIOUS poem that is now onsale at Waterstones!!! I rate this FIVE STARS!!!!!!!!!!! My kids are absolutely ecsatic about going there again this year!!!!!!!!! Great place to visit on a cold, windy day. No members of my family got bored: there was activities for younger children, information to read about fossils and the history of Lyme Regis!!! All round a great day!!!!
  • Decent museum, full of fossils