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The Etches Collection - Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

Museum of Jurassic Marine Life Kimmeridge


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

Housing the finest single collection of Late Jurassic age fossils all found by just one man, Dr Steve Etches MBE - you will be mesmerised 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, during the great age of the Dinosaurs. 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

Our lifesize recreation of the top chain predator of the Jurassic seas, the giant sea monster Pliosaur - Goliath

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


Fully accessible, carbon neutral, modern museum building

Our unique ‘Centre of Excellence’ for learning and discovery will engage and fascinate visitors young and old!

Pay once and return free for a whole year!  Special concessions, see our website for more details.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.00 per ticket
Children (5 - 16 years)£4.00 per ticket
Children under 5 yearsFree
Family ticket (1 adult + 3 children)£16.00 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children)£20.00 per ticket

Special concessions: if you are a group, school, educational institution or university please contact.

Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* Last ticketed entrance to the Museum is at 4.15pm.
Open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • DaveandDebsGif
    Ash, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Extremely interesting if you want to know about fossils
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th January 2019
    Visited with a 3 year old who loves dinosaurs. Great little area for the kids - Fossil hunting etc. Very interesting place to have a look around. Read full review
  • euenec
    Mayfield, United Kingdom
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    Absolutely superb collection of fossils from the main oil bearing strata in Britain
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th January 2019
    The new museum is very well laid out and the static displays are supplemented by excellent films illustrating how fossils are found and extracted and how important the collection is for many species. Read full review
  • steadybeard
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Inspirational venue
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
    I called in on the museum recently and was impressed with the whole feel of it. Spacious, classy and well laid out. Shop was good too with a great range of books. Read full review

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