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“Great fossil walk from the museum”

Lyme Regis Philpot Museum
Ranked #7 of 29 things to do in Lyme Regis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: "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.
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We enjoyed the fossil hunting walk organised by the museum for £10 per person. Lasting around 3 hours and led by Chris, we and the rest of the dozen or so people were taken out along the beach and shown examples of the kind of things to look for, before being let loose to see what we could find. Chris and his colleague Ben then split open any interesting rocks we'd turned up and examined and explained anything that we found as we wandered around for 90 minutes or so.

We were fortunate in finding a "nodule" containing a decent-sized fossil ammonite and we were invited to bring it back to their workshop (underneath the Teddy Bear shop) after the walk for further cleaning. They cleaned it up beautifully and refused any payment for doing so, giving us a fantastic souvenir.

Chris and his colleagues were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and we learned something, as well as having fun hunting around on the beach.

The only reason I haven't given five stars is that we spent a bit longer than we wanted to learning about Lyme's industrial history at the beginning of the walk, when all we really wanted to do was start looking for fossils. That said, we'll certainly go again.

Thank Cestrian1965
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

We went there to learn even more about the Anning's,, Philpots, and fossils. We were very excited at the displays and explanations.

Thank Alan W
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We didn't go in the actual museum due to not having time but did a guided rock pooling walk with our 4 year old. The guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He found lots of different creatures for us to look at and we had time to look for them too. It was a very pleasant morning. Only downside is that the current sea defence improvement works have made the rocks very slippery with clay and the water a bit cloudy. I recommend you wear sturdy shoes or wellies you can get wet and mucky.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I had travelled to see the museum as I was interested in Mary Anning but sadly it lacks the space to provide all that could be said. what was there was fine just would have loved to see more about the remarkable Mary Anning.

Thank harrasedmum54
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Interesting museum in an old interesting building. Lots of things from the history of Lyme to the fossil finds of the area. Sometimes an exhibition of paintings. Children would like it.

Thank PatF190730
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