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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

#304 of 1,529 things to do in London
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Address: | University College London, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT, England
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+44 20 7679 2884
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13:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Victorian-style museum stuffed with thousands of small but fascinating artifacts

The Petrie museum was originally set up as a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London (UCL). Both the department and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Springfield, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Petrie museum was originally set up as a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London (UCL). Both the department and the museum were created in 1892 through the bequest of the travel writer Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)probably most known for her 1877 book "1000 miles Up The Nile". Amelia Edwards donated her collection... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This museum can be quite hard to find as it is hidden away inside the university campus. Once inside there is a wealth of artifacts, which are displayed in a Victorian manner. This is quite charming but because of this the artifacts can be sometimes hard to see, all being stored in wooden cabinets and drawers. There is not a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is only a short distance away from the British Museum. It is located within the UCL on Malet Place and access is through the science library. The museum was set up in 1892 by Amelia Edwards, a diarist, and is named after William Matthew Flinders Petrie, who was appointed as first UCL Edwards Professor... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Been meaning to come here for a while and am delighted that finally got here. Superb collection of ancient Egyptian objects. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Learnt things that I did not know.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Simply an amazing find! The children loved the compact nature of the museum and the fabulous artefacts - what’s not to like about discovering an exhibit of curly hair with scalp attached! The half term spy activity was brilliant - simple but highly effective as the children donned spy glasses, chose a magnifying glass and equipped themselves with a torch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Hard to find but well worth the search. Filled with marvelous Egyptian antiquities with typed labels. A gem.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This museum has an large and extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts. There are no mummies, but many more items than the Brittish Museum. The are drawers and drawers of artifacts. Sometimes the relics are not well marked but there are eager Graduate students to answer questions It is fully airconditioned. I was there the middle of August, while the British... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a tiny museum full of Egyptian (and roman) objects sited currently adjacent to the UCL science library. Access is through the library. It has the oldest cloth dress in the world. There is a mummy folded up in a large jar. This collection was made by archeologist Petrie and is full of wonderful surprises. This is a tiny... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A bit hard to find on the university campus, but well worth it. An amazing display of Flinders Petrie's collection, including the Tarkan dress, the worlds oldest Egyptian garment. Free entry too!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We didn't this place was there until recently and it turned out to be a hidden gem. Lots of intresting artefacts from ancient Egypt as you would expect and they were also doing childrens holiday activities which looked like fun.

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