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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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Fantastic Old School museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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Carlisle, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 yesterday NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Baltimore, Maryland
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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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Edmonton, Canada
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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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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.

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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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