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
LocationLyme Regis, Dorset
Coordinates50°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
Built1750-1755
ArchitectJohn Whitty
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Congregational Church
Designated31 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 dinosaur 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 in a historic Grade I listed former congregational church building.

The museum 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]

As well as local Jurassic fossils, there are dinosaurs from China.[9] 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[change | change source]

The museum is 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]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Congregational Church, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, West Dorset, Dorset". Images of England. English Heritage.
  2. David Else and Fionn Davenport, Great Britain, Lonely Planet, 2009. Page 309. ISBN 978-1-74104-491-1.
  3. Oliver Berry and Belinda Dixon, Devon, Cornwall & Southwest England, Lonely Planet, 2008. Page 161. ISBN 978-1-74104-873-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Thomas A. Hose, Geotourism: Appreciating the deep time of landscapes. In Marina Novelli (editor), Niche tourism: contemporary issues, trends and cases, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005. ISBN 978-0-7506-6133-1.
  5. Fine example of a crinoid!, Midweek Herald, 14 November 2007.
  6. "Briefing: Dinosaur upgrade in Lyme". Geology Today 14 (5): 167–168. 1998. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2451.1998.014005162.x. 
  7. Dinosaurland — Lyme Regis Archived 2012-07-13 at Archive.today, VisitBritain, UK.
  8. Dinosaurland Fossil Shop, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK.
  9. Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in Dorset, Visitor World, UK.
  10. Lyme Regis, Panoromic Earth.

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