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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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Address: | University College London, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7679 2884
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A small Egyptology museum around the corner from the British Musuem

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

A lot of artefacts however the general view is that the museum is meant for specialists. Experienced poor welcome at the entrance.

1 Thank SLee16
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit the Petrie museum mainly as our young daughter is fascinated by all things Egyptian, we find it interesting and we were in London. As it is free we felt there was nothing to lose. The museum itself is full of a huge number of unique artefacts, some of which were from upto 3500 BC. Whilst the... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Not a big museum, and I had never heard of it, but well worth a visit. Free to get in, lots of fascinating items to look at, across a range of history, some dating back 5,000 years. Amazing what they have to on display, really enjoyed the visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

This museum is a short walk from Euston station. How overwhelmed were we when we walked through the doors, it is an amazing place, stuffed with Egyptian artefacts in display cases. Items are very well described and photography is allowed without flash. We spent a great three hours wandering around and are already planning our return trip as it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

This small and welcoming museum is a real jewel. Full of artifacts of an unusual and personal nature (children's sandals, the Roman period sarcophagi/mummy paintings), the remains of stelae from the Amarna period, the highlight for us were the ancient garments on display. Garments rescued and wonderfully conserved, and on display after more than 4000 years. Truly amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

I visited the Petrie yesterday and enjoyed it greatly. There are so many pieces to see you really need to visit twice. My favourite lots were the little gold dust measuring cups and opium measuring pans. The exhibition gives a real sense of a community of people living their lives. The staff were very friendly and hopeful. Great place for... More 

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