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Address: Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
Phone Number: 06159717590
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Excavation site

This is the information center and the fossil pit where the excavations for the fossils take place. There is a one hour tour for groups where guides explain how the pit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Natalia M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the information center and the fossil pit where the excavations for the fossils take place. There is a one hour tour for groups where guides explain how the pit originated, the history of the fossil excavation and you will have the possibility to touch already excavated fossils yourself.

Thank Natalia M
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The site is very interesting, an amazing place, the visitor center well organized with well realized exhibits. As announced by the lady at the cashier we would have expected a translation into English of the guided tour: no way apparently for the guide on duty today it was not possible...a very nice lady, a tourist, did it voluntarily! What a... More 

Thank Paolanovo
Darmstadt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Wear sturdy shoes as the tour takes you through the park and down to the archelogical digging pits. We were allowed to dig for fossils and found some-you are not allowed to keep them of course! In spring the park is full of wildflowers. Good tour and introduction to what fossils are, history of Messel, and why it is important.... More 

3 Thank Caroline R
Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The site is not impressive in itself -- if I had come across it on a walk, I would not have thought it was anything remarkable. Fortunately, we had a very good guide, and he explained a lot about the site and its significance.

Thank Dag L
Darmstadt, Deutschland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Messel pit in itself is quite unspectacular. Its a hole in the ground. There is a nice visitors platform with informative signs. The visitors center nearby is pretty new and modern. If you want to see many fossils you should probably visit the Landesmuseum in Darmstadt.

2 Thank Robert M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I visited the Messel Fossil Pit with a school group many years after moving to Germany. I had no idea that such a discovery was so close to us! This isn't a tourist attraction, as one can only see the dig pre-booked with a guide, but the opportunity it provides to learn more about an incredible discovery makes booking ahead... More 

7 Thank pineGermany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Good to see the fossils they've already found and the pit they are working in. Good to visit with kids of 5 and older as their is an exhibition(biological) where they also can 'work' a little by themselves

Thank Christiane P
Cambridge, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

The tourist center is new and reasonably informative, although most of display items are replicas of famous fossils. The site itself you can access only with a (German) tour, so no wondering round the ex-volcanic lake cum shale oil extraction site cum municipal damp (the latter project was stopped in time). A place to take kids once.

2 Thank vmilman
Petersaurach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Took the tour here and it was quite good. While it was in German, the guide spoke English and explained everything as we walked along. This is the site of Eocene fossil excavations and they've recently set up an informative visitor's center and added good tours.

2 Thank jjdmcook
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

When I read this was a UNESCO World Heritage site I guess I expected more. As a Science teacher Iove fossils but the museum here has a limited range for viewing. Most of the data is in German, as is the guided tour of the pit. Basically the tour is just a talk about the geological history of the pit... More 

7 Thank jammoSydney

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