Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London

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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London is part of University College London Museums and Collections. The museum contains over 80,000 objects and ranks among some of the world's leading collections of Egyptian and Sudanese material.
The museum was established as a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College at the same time as the department was established in 1892. The initial collection was donated by the writer Amelia Edwards. The first Edwards Professor, William Matthew Flinders Petrie, conducted many important excavations, and in 1913 he sold his collections of Egyptian antiquities to University College, creating the Flinders Petrie Collection of Egyptian Antiquities, and transforming the museum into one of the leading collections outside Egypt. Petrie excavated dozens of major sites in the course of his career, including the Roman Period cemeteries at Hawara, famous for the beautiful mummy portraits in classical Roman style; Amarna, the city of king Akhenaten; and the first true pyramid, at Meydum, where he uncovered some of the earliest evidence for mummification.
The collection and library were arranged in galleries within the university and a guidebook published in 1915. Initially, the collection's visitors were students and academics; it was not then open to the general public. Petrie retired from University College London (UCL) in 1933, though his successors continued to add to the collections, excavating in other parts of Egypt and the Sudan. During the Second World War (1939–1945) the collection was packed up and moved out of London for safekeeping. In the early 1950s it was moved into a former stable, where it remains adjacent to the science library of UCL.
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  • I visited this exhibitipnnwith my 14 year old daughter, and we were blown away by the amount of artifacts on display. We didn’t have enough time so we are going back in 3 weeks to investigate more. Th...  more »
  • This museum is a hidden gem . The ten top items to spot sheet is a really useful guide and the items themselves are mind blowing, a 5000 year old shirt! We were there for around an hour , even my teen...  more »
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  • A small but compact museum with a huge variety of incredibly well preserved exhibits. The pottery room was a particular highlight for me, a really colourful look into Egyptian history. The venue is air conditioned too and has seating in the main room, so it's easy to rest if you need it. Highly recommended
  • Small but really interesting museum if you're interested in Egyptian history with super nice staff. There are a lot of items (more than you might inside in such a small museum and maybe it could be a little better curated), but many of the pieces are in really excellent condition (better than other world class museums) and there's a nice short guide that you're given that highlights a few of the hallmark pieces. Great to kill an hour or so.
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