Dinosaurland Fossil Museum

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Dinosaurland Fossil Museum
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is located in Dorset
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum
Location of Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in Dorset
Location Lyme Regis, Dorset
Coordinates 50°43′33″N 2°56′02″W / 50.72583°N 2.93389°W / 50.72583; -2.93389Coordinates: 50°43′33″N 2°56′02″W / 50.72583°N 2.93389°W / 50.72583; -2.93389
Built 1750-1755
Architect John Whitty
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Congregational Church
Designated 31 January 1974[1]
Reference no. 404523
View of Coombe Street with the Dinosaurland building in the distance.
Ichthyosaurus fossil exhibit
Exhibit of Segnosaurus nest with eggs

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum (aka Dinosaurland) is a privately owned fossil museum in Lyme Regis, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England.[2][3][4] The museum is located in a historic Grade I listed former congregational church building.


The museum, opened in 1989, is owned and run by Steve Davies, a former chief palaeontologist for BP.[5][6] It contains a collection of local marine fossils from the Jurassic period. The museum organizes guided fossil hunting walks.[7] There is a museum shop that sells fossils and minerals.[4][8]

The fossil collection is housed on the ground floor.[9] As well as local Jurassic fossils, there are dinosaurs from China. There are also modern shells and skeletons on display. The museum has a small collection of dinosaur fossils on show (such as a large dinosaur coprolite, a Megalosaurus skeleton and a Chinese dinosaur, of unknown genus).

Congregational Church[edit]

The museum is located on Coombe Street in a 250-year-old Grade I listed building that used to be a congregational church.[1] The church was built between 1750 and 1755 by John Whitty. It was where Mary Anning (1799–1847), an early fossil hunter, was baptised and later attended for worship.[10]

The two storey building has a hipped roof and rusticated quoins. The round-headed doorway has Doric pilasters on either side. There is a 19th-century addition to the left hand end of the building.[11]

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