The Etches Collection

Kimmeridge, Wareham, BH20 5PE

01929 270000

A unique and modern museum with an amazing collection of Late Jurassic fossils from Kimmeridge Bay

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38.1 miles from Highlands End
40.1 miles from Golden Cap
35.9 miles from Graston Copse
15.6 miles from Sandyholme

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The Etches Collection is a unique, modern museum of amazing fossils from the marine life of the Jurassic Coast. Learn about life and death in the Kimmeridgian Seas 157 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs. The museum houses the finest single collection of Late Jurassic age fossils and you will be mesmerized by sea monsters, the marine flora and fauna and the prehistoric predators of 152 to 157 million years ago, when Kimmeridge was a shallow, tropical sea.

The museum was created by Steve Etches, who began collecting fossils from the Kimmeridge Clay over 35 years ago, 2 miles away from the museum at Kimmeridge Bay. Steve has become a renown expert on fossils and it has always been his wish to donate the collection to the nature so that generations can learn from the amazing species. Approximately 10% of the collection is on display – those specimens which are most stunningly beautiful and scientifically important.

Learn about their Stories from Deep Time interpreted with state of the art CGI imagery of Jurassic marine life. Watch as Steve cleans and conserves his latest finds in the museum lab and workshop. Explore the Wolfson Education room with geological and palaeontological interactive displays and information, fossil handling collection, fossil excavation pit, fossil mould painting and other activities. There are video information guides on the collection and a shop with unique gifts, jewellery and rare fossils.

The ticket price includes 12 months complimentary admission. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the museum. The modern building has step free access and a lift between the two levels with accessible toilets on both levels. There is a free car park at the museum.

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Our Awards & Accreditations

Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse