Get up close and personal to a remarkable collection of Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts at this small and specialist museum. Part of the University of London in Bloomsbury, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology owns over 80,000 objects (not all are on display), most of which came from the private collection of Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, who the museum is named after.
What is there to see at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology?
Visitors to Bloomsbury who are interested in ancient artefacts and Egyptology are almost certainly on their way to the British Museum. But just a few streets away you’ll find the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, a lesser-known treasure chest of Egyptian and Sudanese artefacts owned by University College London.
Discover a huge collection of ceramics, mummies, coffins, papyrus and stonework which transport you back to Ancient Egypt and Sudan.
Highlights include a dress from 5000BC and other items of clothing, footwear and jewellery, which give an intimate sense of how real people lived thousands of years ago.
Get a closer look at individual items in the museum’s augmented reality kiosks, where visitors can virtually study precious relics.
The museum also has an extensive archive that anyone is welcome to delve into – but you will need to book in advance to do so.
How long does it take to go around the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology?
This is one of London’s smaller museums but with so many detailed and rare artefacts on display, you’ll want to give yourself at least 2 hours to appreciate it all at a leisurely pace.
Is it free to visit the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology?
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is free to visit and you don’t need to book in advance. Check opening times before visiting as it is closed over the Easter and Christmas holiday periods.
Where is the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology?
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is on the main campus of University College London in Bloomsbury, central London. The museum is on Malet Place (WC1E 6BT).
How do I get to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology?
The closest tube stations are Goodge Street (5 mins walk), Euston Square (7 mins walk), Warren Street (8 mins walk) and Russell Square (9 mins walk).
The closest mainline station is Euston (10 mins walk).
Bus routes 24, 29, 73 and 390 run close to the museum.
There are Santander Cycles docking stations on Malet Street and Taviton Street.
Prices and opening times
Groups must book in advance +44 (0)20 7679 2884.
Tuesday - Saturday 13:00 – 17:00.
Closed: Christmas & Easter.
Venue Details & Map
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
University College London, Malet PlaceLondonWC1E 6BT
- +44 (0)20 3108 9000
- Public transport:
- Cross Tottenham Court Road and turn right. Turn left along Torrington Place. Opposite Waterstones bookshop turn left into Malet Place and enter the door under the banner.
- Payment Facilities
- Free entry