Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

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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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KC30000
England, UK43 contributions
Great place to visit if in the area. Staff are very helpful and was pleasantly surprised at the service and attention given. Right in the heart of Lyme Regis a very picturesque seaside town, the surrounding countryside is also beautiful. Luckily the weather was also very sunny and pleasant for late February. Found the museum had plenty of interesting facts and information about the area and in particular fossils. Will be back to visit again as found the annual family ticket a bargain and on next visit also planning to go on a guided fossil walk which is an additional activity provided by the museum.
Written April 27, 2022
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Sue H
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We booked our Fossil Tour through the museum and all I can say is the afternoon went way beyond our expectations. Our Guides were Chris and Paul who are extremely knowledgeable but also good fun. From young children through to teenagers and those young at heart they were able to communicate in a fun but informative way.
As with all tours you get the people who have done it before or already know it, but they were able to draw in the beginners and encourage them to take part in their talk/presentation.
Then on to the beach where we must have been for at least 2 hours looking for fossils. Our teenage son who had spent days looking for fossils but with no joy came off the beach with a bag full of ammonites (of varying quality) and a full smile of having achieved what he wanted to achieve.

One piece of advice - take a drink, food and sun cream as you are out their longer than expected.

Second piece of advice - book weeks before your holiday - all the tours were full until the Thursday so our son then only had the Friday to carrying on his fossil hunting with the knowledge he had gained.
Written August 30, 2021
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Brian K
Vancouver, Canada36 contributions
The displays in this museum give you a really good sense of what has happened in the relatively recent history of this town , the history of palaeontology, and the long ago history of earth . If you are in Lyme Regis for rock hounding , or finding out about Mary Anning this place is a must see. And if you look around carefully has good pricing on local souvenir fossils etc compared to the shops on the high street.
Written June 2, 2022
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Chris C
Farnham, United Kingdom2 contributions
We Spent a week in Lyme Regis and the Highlight had to be the Guided Fossil walk led by Chris Andrew, The Museum's educational officer. The walk started with talk that lasted about 40 minutes and was a fun educational tallk. I learnt apparently bad weather is good news for fossil hunters amongst other things. Chris is very entusastic about fossil hunting and although the talk and walk was scheduled for a couple of Hours, but I think Chris is so enthusastic the walk appeared to go on much longer. The Mueseum itself has a lot more than just fossils in it, but will tell you much more about the history of Lyme Regis
Written March 4, 2022
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samanthajaynedark
London, UK10 contributions
I had a fossil walk today on Lyme Regis beach with my son and it was by far the highlight of our holiday. Our guide Chris was incredibly knowledgeable and really engages with kids to get them learning about fossils. He went above and beyond and extended the time on the beach to make sure my son came home with a range of ammonites he is going to treasure for years. This is a big MUST when visiting this area... thank you Chris so much!
Written May 27, 2021
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Mary B
London, UK57 contributions
The fossil walk is what I want to recommend. Our guide was Chris Andrews and he was excellent. He begins with a 45 minute explanation of what we are looking for. Sounds long? Not at all. He has loads of examples, including toy models of what the creatures, explains everything very clearly- enthusiastically - and involves everyone of all ages. Then once on the beach he knows what to look for and helps everyone look fir the right thing. He talks so nicely to everyone, conveying his enthusiasm and throughout makes it all fun. He has a great sense of humour. Don’t even think it’s only 2.5 hours (as advertised), Chris will carry on for as long as anyone wants to (I did 3.5 I think). All this for £12.50). Highly recommended
Written June 29, 2021
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Glynis B
Bury St. Edmunds, UK335 contributions
I just popped into this museum to find out a little about the early history of Lyme Regis as we were on a visit in the town for a few days. I was not disappointed as I found out all sorts of interesting things about the Saxon and medieval settlements and how the sea has taken a lot of it. The Mary Anning and fossil sections were especially good. I also thought the small shop had some good content. I learned a lot in a very short time.
Written November 10, 2021
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teza08
Bristol, UK27 contributions
Couples
We booked a fossil walk via the museums website & was the highlight of our trip. Paddy Howe the facilitator was incredibly knowledgable & friendly. He explained the different types of fossils that can be found & handed around examples so we were all aware of what to look for. He also took us through the history of the site & how the different rock layers were formed. The walk was well structured with each section of the beach focusing on different types of fossils. Everyone in the group found an array of items & anything Paddy found he also gave away to the group. We recently came back to Lyme Regis with family & they wanted to do walk but unfortunately the museum wasn't doing walks on those dates so family members booked another local walk guide and it was nowhere near as good. Paddy's genuine caring & interest in his group was really fantastic, he even saw us the next day remembered our names & where we were from & gave us tips to nearby fossil sites to us. I couldn't recommend him & this walk enough!! Also the walk ticket includes entrance to the museum which wad really interesting and worth a visit.
Written January 20, 2020
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phstevie2002
Kidderminster, UK25 contributions
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We booked a fossil hunt tour with the museum and can definitely recommend it. The two guys who took us were very informative and entertaining. You need to allow about 3 hours. We found loads of good fossils on the beach and my 9 year old daughter loved it. We sadly didn’t have time to tour the museum but would go again. Thanks for a great afternoon!
Written August 11, 2021
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EJR19
Buonconvento, Italy70 contributions
Couples
A delightful museum packed with interesting information about the history of Lyme. And amidst all the excellent information are quirky touches that show the curators have a sense of humour and are not “preachy” as are too many museums nowadays. Thoroughly recommend a visit. Has a good little shop too.
Written February 7, 2022
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