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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

#302 of 1,480 things to do in London
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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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Better than the BM for Egyptian Artifacts

This museum has an large and extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts. There are no mummies, but many more items than the Brittish Museum. The are drawers and drawers of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has an large and extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts. There are no mummies, but many more items than the Brittish Museum. The are drawers and drawers of artifacts. Sometimes the relics are not well marked but there are eager Graduate students to answer questions It is fully airconditioned. I was there the middle of August, while the British... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a tiny museum full of Egyptian (and roman) objects sited currently adjacent to the UCL science library. Access is through the library. It has the oldest cloth dress in the world. There is a mummy folded up in a large jar. This collection was made by archeologist Petrie and is full of wonderful surprises. This is a tiny... More 

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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit hard to find on the university campus, but well worth it. An amazing display of Flinders Petrie's collection, including the Tarkan dress, the worlds oldest Egyptian garment. Free entry too!

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't this place was there until recently and it turned out to be a hidden gem. Lots of intresting artefacts from ancient Egypt as you would expect and they were also doing childrens holiday activities which looked like fun.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

A good alternative to the over crowded Egyptian galleries at the British Museum and with a charm all its own. This collection seems loved and well curated.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

This is a world away from the large museums of London; a quiet little museum tucked away. The exhibits are crammed into simple cabinets with cryptic labels typed on a manual typewriter. Some are even alongside the back stairs, and the lighting is a bit variable. The few more informative labels are interesting, explaining for example the chronology of pottery.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

A small but comprehensive museum of everyday ancient Egyptian objects. A nice contrast to the British Museum's collection of monumental pieces. A "study" collection for the university that is staffed with students and staff from the university. Definitely worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This little museum tucked into the campus of University College not far from the British Museum and British Library is truly a hidden gem. It is not easy to find and consists of a few rooms in an academic building and is crammed with Egyptian artifacts like mummies, pottery, treasure from graves, etc. Entry is free of charge and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

When we asked our taxi driver to take us to this museum, he did not know where it was. He said he had been driving a taxi in London for over 35 years. We thought we had read that it was near the British Museum, so he took us there. They also did not know where this museum was. So... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Visited this place which was a personal collection that has been turned into a small but worthwhile museum. The collections is focused on a lot of everyday objects found in smaller tombs and excavations. Jewelry, amulets, small tools, etc. A couple of mummies but not many. But there must be 1000 jars, they take up a whole room! All organized... More 

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