Lyme Regis Museum re-opens its doors and reveals new extension

LYME Regis Museum has opened its doors to the public following the building of a brand-new extension.

The re-opening of Lyme Regis Museum

The Mary Anning Wing brings the museum up-to-date with improved visitor facilities including a lift, a new classroom and learning space, a brand new interactive fossil gallery and stunning sea views of Lyme Bay.

Helping staff, volunteers and supporters to celebrate the opening of the doors after the 10-month build project was Mary Anning herself.

Alongside her was Georges Cuvier, the father of French palaeontology, both characters courtesy of actors from theatre company Emerald Ant who brought the fossil hunter and her contemporaries to life in and around the museum on the first day of opening.

Museum director David Tucker said: “We’re thrilled to have the doors open again. It’s been an ambitious project and the extension will enable us to do so much more for so many more people.

“We’re very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and our many other funders for their support for the Mary Anning Wing.”

There are celebratory events taking place over the next two weeks, including a free open day for all DT7 residents on Saturday 22 July.

Residents must quote their postcode to gain free entry.

On Sunday 23 July, theatre company Emerald Ant will be in the museum bringing Mary Anning’s story to life.

On the same day, there will be a fossil talk from the museum’s expert geologists in the new geology gallery at 2.30pm, included in the price of admission tickets.

Children’s dinosaur sculpture workshops will be taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 July.

They will be run by Darrell Wakelam, who has been running these workshops for 25 years

The workshops are free, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information about the new and improved Lyme Regis Museum, visit