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Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

#293 of 1,616 things to do in London
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Address: | University College London, Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT, England
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+44 20 7679 2884
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Tue - Sat 13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Besotted with Egyptology

I am in love with all things ancient Egyptian and this time in London, found the Petrie Museum open. I had never seen seen so many preDynastic pottery even in the Cairo Museum... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am in love with all things ancient Egyptian and this time in London, found the Petrie Museum open. I had never seen seen so many preDynastic pottery even in the Cairo Museum. Loved that I could open drawers (with plexiglass over the items) and see all the shabtis, bronzes and other artifacts that I could imagine. There is a... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is for lovers of Egyptology and/or Archaeology as it basically is display upon display of artifacts. It was fascinating to see all these artifacts in one place and to think what life must have been like in ancient Egypt.

Thank Eva E
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is by far one of the most kid friendly museums we have been to. A PHD student showed my son most of the major artifacts gave a hand out which kept him busy for almost an hour and since our visit he continues to read and learn about Egypt!!

Thank Kcdc2006
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

If you love Egyptology then you have to visit this museum was even better then the British museum. Lots to see going back over 6000yrs of history. Was on my must see list. One word Amazing

Thank Andrew O
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

I've visited the museum and it was really nice. Small but full of interessting sculptures and clay pots. I remember the sarcophagus and it was insulated and I need some time to find it. But if you are interessted in the old egypt, go there!

Thank macavity12
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Lovely museum, just around the corner from the British. If you love Egypt and are interested in archaeology, you'll love Petrie museum and its vintage, packed aisles.The staff is very polite and informative, there's a lot to do for children and adults as well. Different from any other collection of Egyptian antiques, since these were not stolen but excavated with... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

An extremely comprehensive collection of Egyptian artefacts displayed in a very traditional manner. Some excellent material for anyone with a very specific interest. Bead displays are interesting - and the displays challenge the collection policy. Staff very helpful

Thank Madalyn H
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

really good museum small but very good collection feels like a museum would of been 100 years ago, Worth a visit after the BM.

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Brussels, R?on de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Only open in the afternoon, free entrance. Fascinating place, so many exhibits. Shame we only had one day, would have loved to go back

Thank Vee I
Springfield, Oregon
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

The Petrie museum was originally set up as a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London (UCL). Both the department and the museum were created in 1892 through the bequest of the travel writer Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)probably most known for her 1877 book "1000 miles Up The Nile". Amelia Edwards donated her collection... More 

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