Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
How to get there
  • Euston Square • 3 min walk
  • Warren St • 5 min walk
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  • Lis T
    Manchester, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    An amazing Egyptology museum. A huge collection of items on display - about 8000 out of a collection of 80,000. Lovely every day items alongside more unique treasures. Lovely to get up close and personal with these items. Enjoyed it more than the collection held at the British Museum (which we visited on the same day) . Very friendly staff who were happy to talk to us and my 12 year old nephew. Highly recommended!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Basel E
    Cambridge, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring Ancient Wonders: The Petrie Egyptian Museum at UCL
    The Petrie Egyptian Museum at UCL is a hidden gem in London. It's a captivating journey through ancient Egypt's rich history and culture. The well-preserved artifacts and passionate staff make every visit an educational and awe-inspiring experience. A must-see for history enthusiasts and curious minds alike.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Chris D
    Colombo, Sri Lanka12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tip of the iceberg
    It is incredible how such a huge collection resides within such a cramped space, a real hidden gem. With far fewer visors (sadly) than the larger London museums, one gets a much more personal experience of what is on display and how it got there. Only about 10% of the artefacts are on view, but the collections is expertly curated by friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always available to offer help and guidance. Well worth a visit! Hopefully they will eventually be able to move to premises more appropriate for what they have.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 January 2024
  • Cyrus C
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for lovers of ancient Egypt and archaeology.
    Great museum but more for aficionados of ancient Egyptian archaeology. You won't see objects like the colossal statues of Ramesses II and Amenhotep III here, but you will get a deep appreciation for the intricacies of ancient Egypt and for Flinders Petrie's great contributions to the world of Egyptology. Basically, if you are really into the history and archaeology of ancient Egypt, this is a must-see; if your only interest in Egypt is taking selfies with objects like the Rosetta Stone so that you post them on Instagram to be the envy of your friends, skip it and go to the nearby British Museum.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 January 2024
  • FIL M
    London, United Kingdom636 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating but at times visually overstimulating
    The finds located within this museum are exceptionally interesting. There are main exhibits on display which is lovely but at times almost overly stimulating. I believe the ethos of this museum is very much that it is teaching museum hence why perhaps the items are exhibited in this form. That being said well worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 February 2024
  • ShaunH290
    London, United Kingdom2,727 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check the Website - and Visit!
    This museum is definitely under the radar. There are so many larger and more famous museums in London, but, apart from the British Museum's Egyptian collection, this is the next in importance. As Egypt is no longer allowing the export of antiquities, the Petrie Museum houses what is called a "closed" collection. So it is no longer growing and therefore they know exactly how many exhibits they have and exactly how much space they have to store and display them. Only a fraction is on show, but that is common in these places. William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) was the first professor of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. He wanted UCL to have the most complete teaching collection of Egyptian artefacts in the world. As it is so little known, it is ideal for small groups (children or adults) - when we visited there was one group of schoolchildren and perhaps three other couples. (Compare that to the Egyptian Rooms in the BM!) Its collections are focused on particular types of artefacts, so that you can get an idea of the variation involved. We visited just before they closed (between June and August 2024) for "maintenance". They are rearranging things to show more of the collection. So check the website before you visit to ensure that it has reopened. Also it is not open everyday. We hope to return to see how they have improved things. It is great that UCL opens this place to the public - for free! Long may it continue!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2024
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Footloose48
Worthing, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took our grandson to see the exhibits as he was studying the Egyptians at school. Very friendly and helpful museum staff/assistants. Suitable trails to follow if appropriate - wonderful collection - not too large to be overwhelming. The skeleton proved to be of great interest as was the mummy! We also went afterwards to the British Museum and found that the two complemented each other well.
Written 20 February 2020
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Thanks Footloose48, We are glad you and your grandson enjoyed our museum. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes Museum Visitor Services Team
Written 2 April 2020
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
What a terrific museum! This treasure trove of Egyptian artefacts is hidden away within the expanded campus grounds of University College London. Came across it almost by accident last weekend.

The reception staff at the front door were very, very welcoming!

I have to say that while the Egyptian Museum of Cairo is by far the better known museum, the Petrie Museum is much better set out and far better curated.

The Egyptian Museum of Cairo holds the greatest number of Egyptian artefacts, but, in my view, the curation was/is terrible. My lasting impression of the place is that of a huge warehouse with layers of dirt, grit and sand covering virtually all of its contents.

In the Petrie, the spotlessly clean aisles are set up in chronological order, with artefacts well arranged and well lit.

As is the case with most museums in London, entrance is free.
Written 20 June 2022
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Chris D
Colombo, Sri Lanka12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It is incredible how such a huge collection resides within such a cramped space, a real hidden gem. With far fewer visors (sadly) than the larger London museums, one gets a much more personal experience of what is on display and how it got there.
Only about 10% of the artefacts are on view, but the collections is expertly curated by friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always available to offer help and guidance. Well worth a visit! Hopefully they will eventually be able to move to premises more appropriate for what they have.
Written 14 January 2024
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CarloGenoa_Italy
Genoa, Italy215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Visiting this University museum was a trip in time to pre-war England. Egyptian artefacts are shown in pristine Edwardian style, something I couldn't expect. The halls are tiny and lined with old windows chock-full of thousands of items, most of which of little artistic or historical value. Everything is on exhibition. There are some good ceramics, a few sarcophages and paintings on wood of Roman times, and some excellent steles and carvings. Of course, it's no match with the British Museum collection, but it's a fascinating tour to early XX Century English Academia.
Written 9 August 2022
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Julie Potter
Sutton, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We went expecting a very small museum with not a lot in it, but we were surprised by the amount of exhibits. Quite academic, and for us, too much to take in. There is so much to see and we only have limited "school" knowledge of the period. But, we found so many small items of interest. e.g. a toilet spoon, gold dust measures (the size of which would fit into a dolls house) and many more. Well worth the visit.
Written 11 February 2023
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Basel E
Cambridge, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The Petrie Egyptian Museum at UCL is a hidden gem in London. It's a captivating journey through ancient Egypt's rich history and culture. The well-preserved artifacts and passionate staff make every visit an educational and awe-inspiring experience. A must-see for history enthusiasts and curious minds alike.
Written 2 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ShaunH290
London, UK2,727 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This museum is definitely under the radar. There are so many larger and more famous museums in London, but, apart from the British Museum's Egyptian collection, this is the next in importance. As Egypt is no longer allowing the export of antiquities, the Petrie Museum houses what is called a "closed" collection. So it is no longer growing and therefore they know exactly how many exhibits they have and exactly how much space they have to store and display them. Only a fraction is on show, but that is common in these places.
William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) was the first professor of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. He wanted UCL to have the most complete teaching collection of Egyptian artefacts in the world.
As it is so little known, it is ideal for small groups (children or adults) - when we visited there was one group of schoolchildren and perhaps three other couples. (Compare that to the Egyptian Rooms in the BM!) Its collections are focused on particular types of artefacts, so that you can get an idea of the variation involved.
We visited just before they closed (between June and August 2024) for "maintenance". They are rearranging things to show more of the collection. So check the website before you visit to ensure that it has reopened. Also it is not open everyday. We hope to return to see how they have improved things.
It is great that UCL opens this place to the public - for free! Long may it continue!
Written 5 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cyrus C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Great museum but more for aficionados of ancient Egyptian archaeology. You won't see objects like the colossal statues of Ramesses II and Amenhotep III here, but you will get a deep appreciation for the intricacies of ancient Egypt and for Flinders Petrie's great contributions to the world of Egyptology. Basically, if you are really into the history and archaeology of ancient Egypt, this is a must-see; if your only interest in Egypt is taking selfies with objects like the Rosetta Stone so that you post them on Instagram to be the envy of your friends, skip it and go to the nearby British Museum.
Written 18 January 2024
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FIL M
London, UK636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The finds located within this museum are exceptionally interesting. There are main exhibits on display which is lovely but at times almost overly stimulating. I believe the ethos of this museum is very much that it is teaching museum hence why perhaps the items are exhibited in this form. That being said well worth a visit.
Written 12 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lis T
Manchester, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
An amazing Egyptology museum. A huge collection of items on display - about 8000 out of a collection of 80,000. Lovely every day items alongside more unique treasures. Lovely to get up close and personal with these items. Enjoyed it more than the collection held at the British Museum (which we visited on the same day) . Very friendly staff who were happy to talk to us and my 12 year old nephew. Highly recommended!
Written 16 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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