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“Very well laid out museum and lots of interesting areas. Not just fossils!”

Lyme Regis Philpot Museum
Ranked #1 of 30 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 6 April 2018

This museum is cleverly laid out and has something for everyone. Great for kids as quizzes to complete on the way round and drawers for them to pull out etc. Lots of fossil info if that's your thing but also lots of other interesting things too. Historical information about the area and plenty of seating for weary legs!

Thank Nanny P
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

A fantastic insight into the history of Lyme Regis and the local area. Well laid out but a bit cramped in places. There are also some steep narrow stairs to negotiate if you wish to see everything. It was hard to see some items as it was quite busy and although there is a nice flow to the place it is cramped with several pinch points as I mentioned before. It's still worth a look though but I'd advise trying when it's less busy.

Thank roycooper1
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The area around Lyme Regis, known as the 'Jurassic Coast', is rightly famous for fossils and at the town's museum there is an excellent collection of them for you to see. But it's not only fossils there. The Duke of Monmouth came ashore in the town at the start of the Monmouth Rebellion and there are items from that time too. There is so much to see in such a small footprint and it's well worth visiting. The staff are very friendly and extremely knowledgable so why not pop in, whatever the weather.

Thank KevInSlade
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I don't like fossils and stuff (especially irregular echinoderms). The boy behind the counter with the little beard was a gem though

3  Thank Bryn K
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

If you want to learn about Lyme Regis and it's history this is the place to go. Well laid out displays, lots of variety and information. We spent a good hour and a half here - well worth the entry fee.

Thank suelangley14
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