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Museum of Jurassic Marine Life - The Etches Collection

BH20 5PE

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The Etches Collection - Museum of Jurassic Marine Life
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Telephone: +44 01929 270000

Opening Times

2019 Opening (1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* We are open every day 10am to 5pm except when we are closed at Christmas on the 24th, 25th, and 26th December (please check website).
If you are a group, school, educational institution or university please contact us for discounted entrance tickets and details on a educational package
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).

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

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.00 per ticket
(1 Adult + 3 children)£16.00 per ticket
(2 adults + 2 children)£20.00 per ticket
(5 – 16 years)£4.00 per ticket
(under 5 years)Free

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

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 and complaints policies, please see the attached documents.

Our Ticket Price…..

The Etches Collection 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.

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.

Telephone: +44 01929 270000



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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Recent Reviews:

  • T0dW
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom
    Remarkable achievement by one man to house a great fossil collection
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd September 2019
    It's sad that some people felt it was too expensive. This is all the effort of one man Steve Etches and his supporters. They had to raise the money for this museum to house all the fossil treasures... Read full review
  • Anne T
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    One of the Wonders of the world
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 24th September 2019
    I made my second visit this year because I had spent a whole year talking about it. I hadn't seen many fossils previously and couldn't believe the variety and quality of those on display, all found... Read full review
  • AlisonAmahl
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 12th October 2019
    Fossils could sound boring for any visit but the Etches Collection is anything but boring. We had a fantastic and enlightening visit. The Collection is in a beautiful new purpose built museum... Read full review



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Free car parking
  • On-site coach parking
  • Open All Year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French museum guide
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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 Restaurant.

It's 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 The Blue Pool to get to us. The weblink to check for any scheduled road closures is:

Public Transport Directions

Journey planning: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables. From 1st January 2019, calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Telephone: +44 01929 270000


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