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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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Address: Malet Place | University College London, 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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Everyday Artefacts from Ancient Egypt

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This museum takes you back in time literally, the exhibits are a bit old fashioned but that in no way detracts from the artifacts. In some ways there is so much to see in a small area you can feel a little overwhelmed. The displays are crammed with information and I know I could come back time and again and... More 

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

Dear Margo, We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your recent visit. We are currently working on ways to make the museum more user-friendly. Improvements should be well on the way by the end of year. Perhaps you will come back and tell us how we are going? See you soon! Kind regards Tracey Visitor Services Manager More 

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Great collection and a nice break from the crowds, not to far from the British museum so definitely check it out!

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

Dear Katie, Thank you for the lovely review. We are often described as a hidden gem, so so glad you managed to find us. Kind regards Tracey Visitor Services Manager More 

Windsor, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

On entering this museum I was greeted by a very friendly lad who asked me if it was my first time there and when I replied yes she gave me a map and a top 10 list which I thought was very helpful! There is so much to see in this museum! There isn't much information about the items here... More 

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

Dear recent visitor, Thank you for the 5* review, and the wonderful photos; so clear and crisp! We're so glad to hear you recieved a warm and informative welcome. If you plan to visit again, and if available, I'd be more than happy to provide a little more info for you. Hopefully we'll see you again Kind regards Tracey (Visitor... More 

London, United Kingdom
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332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The Perrier Museum is the UCL Egyptology Department's c collection - collated by Sir Flinders Petrie himself. Ceramics, reliefs, jewellery and many items from daily life. Better laid out than it was 20 years ago, and much better lot, the museum remains a gem of Victorians and is worth seeing for its setting and context as much as the collection... More 

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

Dear Neil (if I may?) Welcome back - and thank you for the lovely review. Glad you like the improvements - still more to do but we're getting there. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Absolutely fascinating, unspoilt, display cases crammed full. Would take days to see it all, so many pieces & so much detail. All collected by the English Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, ('The Man Who Discovered Egypt') - there was very little information about him at the desk when we went but there might be a publication later this year. Good location being... More 

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

Dear Visitor Many thanks for your lovely review - we really value your feeback! Will you be attending our Characters and Collections book launch in June? Hopefully we'll see you again soon! More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I love small museums and this is incredible . Look out for the oldest dress in the world. I was surprised at the colour of some of the exhibits . There is a really beautiful necklace. If you like Egyptian things don't miss this. Look out for opening times as it is not open all the time

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

Dear recent visitor So very glad to hear just how much you enjoyed your visit to the Petrie museum. The 'highlight' pieces draw so much attention and conversation. Did you manage to see the multitude of other objects tucked away in the drawers - a prefect excuse for a repeat visit. Thank you! More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Brilliant place and off the London's crowd path.amazing activities for kids include learning how to write using hieroglyphs:)

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

Thank you for the 5* review - we really do appreciate it. The children's Activity Book is extremely very popular with adults; sometimes it's just too good to resist! More 

Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Interesting little museum tucked away in UCL. There are lots and lots of things here, mostly smaller items or fragments, but things like the cosmetic bits and bobs were fascinating. I did get overwhelmed by the pots and being far from an expert, needed more interpretation than there was to get much out of the many cases of pots. Having... More 

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

Thank you for your review. It sounds like you really enjoyed your recent visit! If you plan to visit again do ask for copy of our perfume and/or pottery trail. Kind regards Visitor Services Manager (VSM) More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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346 attraction reviews
628 helpful votes 628 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Interesting museum, you won't see anything too large here, but it was nice to see some of the colours still present on the stonework on display. There was everything from pots to needles to a coffin. Easy to find and a short walk from Euston station

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