Our Museum…..

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 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

Our Awards and Affiliations

  • Arts Council Accredited Museum

  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 and 2019

  • Member of The Dinosaur Society

  • Peoples Project Award 2017 - Dorset Best Village Halls

  • CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers) New Build Award 2017

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Unforgettable.

“An amazing and inspirational experience'“

— Tripadvisor

Unique.

“More than just a museum”

— Tripadvisor

Unbelievable.

“Wow! Fabulous fossils and very informative”

— Tripadvisor