The Etches Collection

Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

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A unique, modern museum of amazing fossils – the marine life of Jurassic Dorset. Lean about Life and Death in the Kimmeridgian Seas 157 million years ago during the age of the Dinosaur. Visit us in the village of Kimmeridge, many of the incredible specimens were found within 2 miles of our location on the stunning Jurassic Coast, all found by just one man , Dr Steve Etches MBE.

Watch prehistoric sea monsters swimming above the museum gallery whilst the exceptionally preserved and prepared fossils, all new to science and of great palaeontological importance provide a unique and fascinating insight into how these ancient creatures lived, bred and died.

The Sea Rex of Kimmeridge!

On the back of the incredible BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster’ the Etches Collection at Kimmeridge are very excited to share their amazing Pliosaur skull discovery. Come see this amazing creature and learn more about how it lived, hunted, and died in the Jurassic seas of Kimmeridge 150 million years ago. The skull will be on display at the museum from January 2nd, 2024.

“This really is the most complete Pliosaur skull that has been discovered to date and it is one of, if not the most important specimen ever to come out from the Kimmeridge clay, and globally, this is one of the best specimens you’ll see” – Dr. Steve Etches, MBE.

Scientifically this specimen will unlock a treasure trove of secrets for many years to come. Throughout the filming process the museum was fortunate to work with some of the most prestigious university palaeontology departments, utilising state-of-the-art technologies to reveal fascinating details about this ferocious predator, but there is still more work to be done to further study this once-in-a-lifetime find.



The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life Kimmeridge, Dorset BH20 5PE


01929 270000



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