The Etches Collection

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset, England

Come and visit the Jewel in the crown of the Jurassic Coast, The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life situated in the village of Kimmeridge, Dorset.

*** The Etches Collection are looking to reopen on Monday 17th May 2021 per government guidelines ***

Housing the finest single collection of Late Jurassic Kimmeridgian fossils all found by just one man, Dr Steve Etches MBE - you will be mesmerized by sea monsters, prehistoric predators and the marine flora and fauna of 152-157 million years ago when Kimmeridge was but a shallow, tropical sea. All of the fossils in the collection were found by Steve in the Kimmeridge Bay locality, from the world famous oil rich Kimmeridge Clay, within 2 miles of where the Museum is located.

Learn about their Stories from Deep Time interpreted with state of the art CGI imagery of Jurassic marine life swimming above the amazing fossils in the museum gallery.

Watch as Steve Etches cleans and conserves his latest finds in the museum lab and workshop - our collection of world class fossils include many which are new to science and of national importance.

The museum features:-

Exhibition fossil gallery with CGI imagery and interactives. State of the art workshop, lab and reserve fossil collection. Wolfson Education room with geological and palaeontological interactive displays and information, library, microscope and fossil handling collection, fossil excavation pit, fossil mould painting and activities. Video information guides on the collection. Shop featuring unique gifts, jewellery, branded merchandise, rare fossils and minerals for sale, Jurassic and dinosaur themed goods.

Clore Room - Our Village Hall which features events, pop up exhibitions and is available for hire. Refreshments. Fully accessible, carbon neutral, modern museum building The museum offers events and activities for all ages including fossil hunting tours of Kimmeridge Bay, please see our website for more details. Our unique Centre of Excellence for learning and discovery will engage and fascinate visitors young and old!

The Etches Collection is located in the beautiful village of Kimmeridge, Dorset on the Isle of Purbeck, just a mile away from Kimmeridge Bay, famous for its fossil ledges, geology and archaeological history. A site of special scientific interest, on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Opening hours:-

Every day 10am - 5pm.
Closed for Christmas on the 24th, 25th, and 26th December.
We are open on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Last ticketed entrance to the Museum is at 4.15pm.

Ticket Prices:-

Adults - £8

Children (5 - 16 years) - £4

Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) - £20.00

Family ticket (1 Adult + 3 children) - £16.00

Children under 5 years free

Pay once and return free for a whole year!

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