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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 #191 of 1,137 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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London, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Petrie Museum is down a sort of university road, at UCL, which could be missed, so make sure you've got a map handy, or know where you're going first. Walking from Euston station will take about 10 minutes. Inside, hundreds of objects (painted pottery, jewellery, tools) are crammed neatly into long rows of glass cabinets, between which there's just... More

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Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

A great little museum dedicated to Egyptian artefacts. A wide selection of interesting artefacts with histories of their excavation. Well worth a visit!

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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224 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
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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192 reviews 192 reviews
52 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
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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