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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Ranked #310 of 1,589 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Friends of the Petrie”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

The Petrie Museum should need no explanation, but for those of you not yet introduced to the esoteric delights of Ancient Egypt, I recommend a visit (or six) to the collection, followed by one of the many events staged throughout the year. The Petrie excels at this and both public and members are welcome to join film screenings, exhibitions, talks, and lectures. Occasionally booking is required, but most invite you to just drop-in, link here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie

Last night’s event, ‘the Systematic Reuse of 21st Dynasty Coffins, at the Institute of Archaeology, introduced by Lucia Gahlin, was a good example of how generous scholars are, in this case Dr. Kara Clooney, in sharing their time, and knowledge with us. Dr. Clooney, very engaging and witty, offered some fascinating insights into the reuse of 21st Dynasty funerary ‘stuff’ (illustrated). Her rapport with the audience was instant; add contributions from Dr. Aidan Dodson, and a (slightly) argumentative Q&A at the end, and the evening was complete.

The lecture theatre is easily accessible from the street, and furnished by displays of pottery and other objects to keep you interested if you’re on your own (like me), or a comfy leather seat if you’re a group (everybody else), and do take a moment with the ladies on the door, they’re lovely. Lectures aren’t long, about an hour, maybe longer with questions. Petrie likes to entertain; light refreshments are available in the foyer if you fancy a little ‘bottoms up’ before you go. I couldn’t on this occasion, but raise a glass of fizzy today for feeding our passions and encouraging our interests.

Visited June 2013
6 Thank Steven H
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Beaumaris, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Old school but friendly and interesting”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The staff were friendly and enganging and the experience was very positive. There was very limited interpetation available and the cases were displayed in a very dry and uninteresting way. Having said that the quality of the collection spoke for itsself and what interpretation panels there were, were fascinating and informative. All-round a great museum experience.

Visited May 2013
10 Thank AlexTurrell
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fantastic Museum”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

A wonderfully accessible small museum. The staff were friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic. The museum had an amazing collection of Egyptian artifacts. There was even a crafts/play area for kids.

Visited April 2013
20 Thank kitcat118
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Wow…..just wow”
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
26 Thank H-G-Powell
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London, United Kingdom
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“Small, friendly and accessible museum”
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
44 Thank Tuftynut
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