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Mary Anning Wing

The new Mary Anning Wing is now open

Lyme Regis Museum has completed the building of the new Mary Anning Wing, the museum’s much needed £1,500,000 extension, and it opened in July 2017.

What will I find when I visit?

The Mary Anning Wing now provides our 113 year old museum with the services it needs to bring it into the 21st century:

  • A new accessible interactive geology gallery telling the story of Mary Anning and Lyme’s fantastic fossils
  • A state-of-the-art Fine Foundation Learning Centre where we can welcome and accommodate families and schools, and run exhibitions and events
  • A lift, ensuring all our visitors can visit the museum’s first floor, plus accessible visitor toilets
  • An extended shop selling a range of new products
  • Absolutely stunning views across Lyme Bay – the only public building in Lyme to offer this.

What does the Mary Anning Wing look like?

The Mary Anning Wing stands on the museum’s small terrace, on the seaward side of the building. It looks different from the original building and is contemporary in design. It is constructed of zinc and glass. Zinc is an ideal material for coastal locations, it doesn’t slowly dissolve like the local limestone nor does it rust, as it has no iron content. Our zinc is the colour of the ‘blue lias’ the local stone visible in the cliffs that dominate Lyme Regis. The colour was also chosen to reflect the dark slate roofs of the town. And glass? Well, we wanted to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the fantastic open views of Lyme Bay.

Lyme Regis seafront is a combination of old and new, of traditional and contemporary, and the Mary Anning Wing is a fascinating addition to the varied architecture of the town.

Mary Anning Wing