Kimmeridge Fossil Museum

Kimmeridge Fossil Museum

The Etches Collection is an independent fossil museum located in the village of Kimmeridge, Purbeck, Dorset, England.

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.

You may then want to travel to Kimmeridge Bay which lies within a marine Special Area of Conservation and boasts the best rock pooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset! The Bay is also located on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and along the South West Coast Path national walking trail. Look carefully through the rock falls for fossils, you cannot help but find them!