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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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Address: | University College London, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7679 2884
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Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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If the British Museum's Egyptian wing is too crowded for you go here

This small museum located in the University College London is a must for anyone who loves Egyptology. It has a great collection of beads, pottery, and statues. May not be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This small museum located in the University College London is a must for anyone who loves Egyptology. It has a great collection of beads, pottery, and statues. May not be everyone's cup of tea but if you want to feel like you've just done a dig in 1920s Egypt this is the spot for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I remember Petrie from the dishes I used in science classes, so when we saw a poster advertising the museum we had to check it out. Petrie is one of the first to identify dating of sights using pottery, which is still used today. Definitely a must see for every tourist.

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Hook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a hidden gem, within the grounds of University College, London, just opposite the big branch of Waterstones (once upon a time Dillons) that serves that area. It's quite well hidden, being actually on UCL ground (it's not visible from the road). It owes its existence to the indefatigable Egyptologist Flinders Petrie and to his inspiration and patron, Amelia... More 

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear Ashwin P, Your recent 5 star review was a delight to read. You left many generous comments - thank you!!! Hope you enjoyed listening in to the hieroglyphs lesson ongoing at the time of your visit. Hopefully you will visit again. Kind regards from the lady in the front office. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

A UCL Museum just behind Darwin House. It's hidden in a first floor area and is packed out with Egyptian artefacts. Very friendly staff and very well organised too. There was even a lesson on hyroglyphs underway. It's very different and more personal than the British Museum so if you have time to walk 5 minutes down the road from... More 

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear Tonywbhort, Another 5 star review - thank you!!! So many generous comments. We look forawrd to seeing you again soon. From the lady in the office. More 

County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Pros: 1. Near British Museum (you can visit this before British museum as "appetizer"). 2. They have everything about ancient Egypt 3. Lots of nice peoples, makes you forget that you are in London. (Especially the lady in front office). 4. Clean! Very clean! 5. Quiet. The only sounds you will hear is from students discuss in whispers about the... More 

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear Owen_Morgan, Thank you for your wonderfully detailed review. Hopefully we'll see you again soon. Best wishes from the Lady in the office. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Loved this gem of Egyptian artefacts. I was happy to find small artefacts from the Amarna period. The Museum is full of interesting items for anyone with a passion for Egypt it's a must see museum. The detail in the small items is just amazing as if it was made in this century. Look out for the clothes that are... More 

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear Linda, Thank you for your recent review. Very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the material housed at the Petrie. Very best wishes Tracey More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Truly a hidden gem since it's quite tricky to find the museum. But it is absolutely fantastic! Small and full of amazing and really interesting objects. The collection is outstanding. Highly recommended. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 13.00 – 17.00.

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear Cecilia, Thank you for your OUTSTANDING! review. Best wishes Tracey More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is part of the University and is on their campus. It has an amazing collection crammed into a small museum. It doesn't have a museum feel, rather a learning center feel for an active university. They are only open a few hours a day so check the website before going.

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear BkBak, Thank you for the recent excellence rating and advise for future visitors'. It was refreshing to be referred to as a 'learning center'. Kind regards Tracey More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

At the University College London, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is definitely a museum to visit if you love the ancient world. They have a lot of museum pieces in exhibition but they have so many more in the conservation part, it's incredible. It's in a good place to visit, near the British Museum. The people working there were... More 

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Front Office Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear MJGSMV, Thank you for your recent review. We look forward to seeing you again soon! P.S. It appears we visited each others country (me Algarve) at the same time. Kind regards Tracey More 

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The Petrie Museum is a lasting tribute to the great archaeologist, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie and is located in Malet Place University College London WC1E 6BT. It was not too easy to find – tucked behind the British Museum, it is located by walking the FULL LENGTH of Malet Street. Use the pedestrian crossing to cross over Torrington/Byng Place... More 

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PetrieMuseum-UCL, Manager at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, responded to this review

Dear Magister (if I may?), So glad you didn't give up on finding us! The collection can be quite overwhelming for the first-time visitor. Hope you found a favourite object. Best wishes Tracey Visitor Services Manager More 

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