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Messel Pit Fossil Site

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Interesting fossils

There are 2 places of interests here: the Visitor Center and the actual site. The Visitor center... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bangkok, Thailand
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Geology and Paleontology... interesting Visitors Center

If you are expecting to see thousands of fossils, this is not the place for you! Grube Messel is a... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2019
Worms, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are 2 places of interests here: the Visitor Center and the actual site. The Visitor center has a nice education presentation of the site. You will have a chance to see around 20-30 actuals fossils found from the site. 70% of the Explanation were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

If you are expecting to see thousands of fossils, this is not the place for you! Grube Messel is a very interesting and detailed exhibition of the geological past of the pit, where coincidentally many fossils are found!! The Visitors Center is very interesting, displaying...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Valverden
Reviewed 12 August 2018

I got there after they closed so I didn't get inside the visitor center. However, I did see the nearby Fossilien und Heimatmuseum which claims to have more fossile on display than the Fossil Pit site itself.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank investroll
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We were looking forward to visiting Grube Messel as we heard quite a bit about it and were aware that it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, the visitor centre was disappointing given the amount of fossils retrieved from the quarry. Most people likely...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank StefanRutkowski
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Having read about Grube Messel for many years and the importance of its exquisite fossils, I really looked forward to visiting when we happened to be in the area. The fancy building boded well but two rooms in, I actually doubled back to check with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank akerbeltzalba
Reviewed 3 June 2018

It's about a five-minute drive north of Darmstadt. The F/U bus (bushalte #22) can pick you up and transport you there from the train station (3.2 Euro a person). Cost 13 Euro for the two entry tickets (one for museum, one for the pit). On...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank pepsionice
Reviewed 2 June 2018

The visitor center itself is relatively limited. There are some cool installation as an (animated) journey into the borehole they drilled to get the origin of the crater. But you are done with the visitor center in max. one hour. But with a guided tour...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank idetlef
Reviewed 11 October 2017

If you go there, you should definetly go by car, because public transportation is not very well connected to this place. I recommend also to join a guided tour. If you are interested in fossils it is good place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank RalfGlass1961
Reviewed 23 September 2017

This was an organised visit with a guide as part of university geology seminar. Hence comments will not apply to many. It was of such great interest along with questions and debate time flew so never made it to the bottom. Our guide was a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank colin m
Reviewed 27 July 2017

We visited it last year in summer. We just managed to get on the last tour, but there was no time left to see the museum on site. However, the tour was informative and there are some fossils found available to see and our guide...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank tinaq_reviews
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