Destination Kimmeridge

We are in the village of Kimmeridge, eight miles south of Wareham in Dorset.

Kimmeridge is sign posted from the A351 at Wareham.  As you turn into the village, the museum building is on the right hand side, opposite Clavell's cafe and restaurant.

Its useful to know that Kimmeridge is close to Lulworth Army firing ranges and sometimes there can be road closures in the area.  Visitors may need to take a detour via Corfe Castle or past Blue Pool to get to us.  The link to check for any scheduled road closures is here .


Other key information

Our Ticket Price

The entrance fee includes 12 months complimentary admission to The Etches Collection and is valid for one year from the date shown on your till receipt (which must be retained for re-admission).  You will be asked to sign and print your name on your till receipt.  Tickets are not transferable including family/child tickets.  Proof of signature will be required in order to gain re-admission.  Conditions and exclusion dates may apply. For our refund, admissions and complaints policies, please click here.

The Etches Collection is a charity and exists due to the generous funding provided to enable the creation and build of the museum from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other trusts and donors.  We are not funded or supported in any way by the government or other bodies when it comes to our day to day running and in order to maintain and sustain the fossil collection for future generations,  we rely heavily on the income generated from our ticket sales, events and room hire.  All of our revenue is reinvested back into the museum to enhance and grow the displays within the collection as well as conserve specimens for the long term future and to expand on the visitor experience for all of those that come and visit us at The Etches Collection.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in visiting us. 


We can only let assistance dogs into the museum.


Our shop sells hot drinks and snacks.  There are picnic areas by the museum or Clavell’s café and restaurant is opposite, which offers lunch, afternoon teas and evening meals. 

Gift Aid

With your permission The Etches Collection can reclaim from the government 25p in every £1 spent on admission by using GiftAid - It costs you nothing but helps us a lot.  Please refer to the GOV.UK website for further information on GIFTAID.  Your details from Gift Aid will remain confidential and will never be disclosed to third parties, other than for the sole purpose of processing your donation.

Special Concessions

If you are a group, school, educational institution or university please contact us here or call 01929 270000 for discounted entrance tickets and details on a educational package to support your visit.  

Accessibility & Disabled Visitors

Our modern building has step free access with a lift between the two levels.  An accessible toilet is available on both levels. We have a detailed 'Access Statement' available, please click on the link for more details. Our disabled guests receive a FREE carers ticket for their carer on production of either:- disability living allowance or attendance allowance award letter, personal independance payment letter, current and valid blue badge or a letter from GP or consultant confirming need for a full time carer (all documents need to be dated within the last 12 months)

Car Parking

There is a free car park at the museum, including parking reserved for the disabled, but space is limited.  If you plan on visiting Clavell's then you may use their car park.  There is also parking at Kimmeridge Bay, which is a 15 minute walk away. Please be aware that the Smedmore Estate charge a £5 toll to use the car park down at Kimmeridge Bay. 

We also have a designated parking space for a coach next to the museum which can be booked by prior arrangement, for groups which plan to arrive to the museum by more than one coach we can arrange for passes to enable parking down at Kimmeridge Bay (please see our 'Kimmeridge' section of the website to see how to book your coach pass from Dorset Country Council).


Enjoy our free Wifi throughout the building.


Visitors are encouraged to take photographs throughout the collection and share them with us via Facebook or Twitter. However any photographs or videos taken in the Museum are for personal use only and commercial use of any kind is not permitted.