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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 #225 of 1,084 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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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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174 reviews 174 reviews
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144 helpful votes 144 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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18 attraction 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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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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