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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 #199 of 1,041 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Little Rock, AR
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A beautifully arranged and wonderful museum. It doesn't have the size and glamour of the British Museum, but it's still incredible.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My partner was at a conference at the UoL all day and while waiting for him in the afternoon, I spent a very nice hour and a half at the Petrie Museum. We were lucky enough to have visited Egypt (Luxor, Nile/Aswan) in February this year during one of the quiet periods when tour companies were not sending out their... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

Free museum showing Petries collection. Most of the larger items are in other museums, but the pieces here were very detailed and clear. A very large collection within the university. Have done a course on egyptology so this was great to see as he was mentioned regularly.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Found this attraction completely by accident when looking for an apartment in London on Tripadvisor. I am so glad I did as I love ancient Egypt. No its not like the British, Turin or Cairo Museums. Its small compact and exhibits some 80000 artifacts the majority diminutive. Be aware that they only open from 1.00pm during the week. Entry is... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is an amazing collection of Egyptian artefacts and contains some absolute archaeological gems. But the interpretation is very out-dated - a few larger panels give additional information about some topics. But the object labels don't tell you anything apart from basic facts e.g. the museum accession number and how old it is. This frustrated me immensely! All their objects... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This museum contains Mr. Petrie's collection of Egyptian artifacts that he collected through years of excavations. There is everything from tools to toys, packed into cases, with additional items available to look at in drawers underneath. Be sure to check the hours when it is open because they are a little unusual. It is in a university building, but easy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

A short walk from the British Museum, this is the place to go for a more in depth look at Ancient Egypt. Somewhat hidden away, but well worth the effort. Great staff, amazing exhibit. No crowds, so you feel no pressure to keep moving before you are done with each part of the museum. Our visit lasted just short of... More

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