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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Malet Place | University College London, London WC1E 6BT, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
44 20 7679 2884
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Ranked #179 of 1,106 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Small but amazing museum. They have a really collection of objects of different periods from prehistory to the Roman era. It is also free to visit but donations are welcomed! I loved the Tarkhan Dress, it is thought to be from 2800bc!!! Piece of funerary clothing.

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Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

After the grandeur of the Egyptian sculptures in the British Museum, the small but perfectly laid out Petrie Museum allows a more intimate glimpse of life in ancient Egypt - shelves crammed with pottery and everyday artifacts of all kinds, from gorgeous jewellery to 5,000 year old linen and mummified mice. Excellent help from staff who love the exhibits, not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

It was only after being in Cairo earlier this month I truly appreciated the Petrie Museum. We are great fans of Egyptology and found this Museum a wealth of beautiful items especially the tiles & glass works. 3 hours flew by and if they weren't closing we would have stayed much longer. After visiting Luxor, Cairo, Aswan & Nubian museums... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I am an always have been a great fan if all things ancient Egyptian, so I love the Petrie museum. Sir Flinders Petrie founded both modern archaeology and also cake up with the concept of dating ceramics by typology. This museum was his teaching collection and it remains part of University College London's teaching collections for Egyptology students. It is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Petrie Museum is small but full of great objects. Unfortunatelly, sometimes it looks like a cramped warehouse with narrow corridors between showcases. But the exhibits are really wonderfull and if you know a little bit of Egyptian history, it is really inspiring place. The pottery collection is excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

I discovered this museum from a documentary I saw. Was challenging to find was glad we persisted as it has a beautiful display of jewellery,mummy boards and pottery. It's refreshing to see more everyday objects rather than just treasures. This gives you more insight into life for the ancients.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

With a keen interest in Ancient Egypt, we looked forward to visiting the Petrie Museum with its significant collection of artefacts. Entry to the museum is free. There are three main rooms – one focussed primarily on pottery, and the other two a mix of bead jewellery, carved stones, painting, and various implements. Whilst the museum was interesting, it is... More

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Little Rock, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

While visiting London we stopped by with some local friends (who had never heard of the Petrie!) and were all amazed by this hidden gem. Entrance is free and anyone with more than a passing interest in Ancient Egypt should find it appealing. (Admittedly, the less you know about Egyptology, the less time you're likely to want to stay.) Well... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Its a nice secluded museum which is not busy and offers lots of browsing opportunities. It included a lot of different items which was interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I loved my visit to The Petrie Museum. Such helpful staff. The drawers of ushabtis and pottery fragments are amazing. Petrie is an early hero of Egyptology. He was so right in many things. A true pioneer. I managed to interpret a five thousand year old design on a pot as well. It was storks landing on water.

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