LYME Regis Museum opened its doors for the first time in six months last week, with near capacity visitor numbers.
The first arrivals on September 8 were a couple from Essex celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
Museum chairman John Dover was on hand to welcome them to the museum and learning officer Chris Andrew gave them a special guided tour.
After so many days of emptiness, museum staff and volunteers said it was a “truly memorable visit”.
With more than 250 visitors in five days, including families, couples, people on day-trips and those on holiday, the museum was near capacity with the new social distancing requirements in place.
From ammonites to ichthyosaurs, the museum has the smallest and the biggest Jurassic fossils on display, revealing the amazing discoveries that led to the birth of palaeontology and the life story of Mary Anning.
The museum showcases the highs and lows of the town’s swashbuckling history and the Writers’ Gallery tells the tales of those who have fallen in love with this place.
At the top of the unique building, the tiny white domed rotunda gallery is currently hosting a colourful programme of contemporary local art.
You can also join museum experts on a fossil hunt or special walk to really discover the truly spectacular countryside and coastline.
Entry price is just £5.95 for adults and £2.75 for children, open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Entry times are staggered and numbers limited, to create time and space for a relaxed and calm visit.
To find out more or book your visit www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk