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“Wow…..just wow” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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 #217 of 1,078 attractions in London
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Wow…..just wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Petrie Museum is one of the finest small museums I have visited. I have seen many Egyptian collections before (London has plenty scattered around) but few are as detailed, diverse and with such a high level in quality and quantity. The hieroglyphics of the masonry are not blurry and worn as in others I have seen but sharp and defined. Necklace beads with their hieroglyphics are clear and it is amazing to think they were done by hand. Vases and pots of many designs are whole and colourful and show no visible signs of damage or wear. Rare examples of Egyptian cloth and paintings were on display, some of the first examples I have seen from such a period. There are multiple drawers in many of the display cabinets as well containing further items for you to see.

I could go on about all the parts that impressed me but hopefully the sampling I have given above will entice you to come and see the museum for yourself. The museum is on the UCL (University College of London) site and there are plenty of maps around the campus to mark out where the museum is. It is straight down the road from Euston Square underground tube station, about a five minute walk, and just over five minutes from London Euston train station. There are several cafes nearby, such a Costa Coffee in a Waterstones near the museum as well as cafes on the site of the university open to the public.

It is open in the afternoon 1pm to 5pm and is free admission to anyone, quite surprising considering the wealth and quality of the items on display. You can spend at least an hour looking around everything on display and there are computers available to view images of the items on display and other items not out in the cabinets, allowing you to zoom in for closer looks at the details of the items.

Considering the museum is open in the afternoon, I would recommend a leisurely afternoon sightseeing trip, taking in the other UCL museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology; Pollock’s Toy Museum; or the British Library, which are all nearby and in easy walking distance. The Petrie Museum is relatively unknown to the tourist masses that visit the big attractions in London, so you are guaranteed a visit where you won’t have to be rushed and a quality one that is worth your time.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Small, friendly and accessible museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Inside the university campus is this great little museum - we were made to feel very welcome when we arrived by the friendly and enthusiastic archaeologist on reception. Lots of interesting items to see and staff on hand to answer questions, some kids activity stuff which actually the adults were enjoying too.........

Visited March 2013
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“Flinder's keepers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Among all the Victorian visitors to Egypt, as well as the posers and braggers and trophy hunters who mercilessly plundered Egypt, one man stands head and shoulders among them as a true and genuine Archaeologist and that was Flinders Petrie. This museum is just a small token part of the huge legacy that he leaves behind. This is the museum of the founder of Egyptology in England. He was horrified by the plunder and devoted himself to trying to preserve as much as he could. The uncontrolled tourism in the lands of the Nile was destroying so much. In his museum you can see how lovingly he recorded and noted and compared the smallest details and devised an accurate system of dating based on pottery and ceramic fragments. Treat yourself to a visit to this place, hidden away near the University College of London. His presence can be felt throughout the exhibits. Look for the eye that seems to stare at you no matter where you are in the room! He trained and mentored a generation of Archaeologists.

Visited July 2012
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“Wonderful small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

The Petrie Museum has some unique objects, including - this is a more modern addition to the collection - an African string instrument made from everyday household objects. There is also an ancient dress - mind-boggling to think how old it is - and beautiful mummy portraits. The stone reliefs that we are used to seeing without colour, here sometimes have original, bright colours!

So, there's plenty to learn about and wonder at. This museum is best combined with visits to the Grant Museum of Zoology and SOAS Brunei Gallery, all of which are within a few minutes' walk from Euston / Goodge Street / Russell Square. Don't miss these!

Visited December 2012
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“Interesting Museum, Friendly Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I visited the Petrie Museum during my lunch break last week. The museum was easy to find and, best of all, free. The museum is small but full of interesting displays. Friendly and knowledgeable staff happily answered all my questions. Recommend the museum to anybody, children or adults.

Visited February 2013
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