Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology @ University College London
Whilst walking down Gower Street I noticed a sign for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology… I had never heard of the museum before so I took a detour from where I was going and popped in for a visit… it was free so what did I have to lose, nothing but time!
The Petrie museum is part of University College London and is located on Mallet Street. The museum which is a real hidden gem holds over 80,000 pieces of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology, of which only around 10% are actually on display at anyone time due to lack of space. If you ask me, 2 rooms and 1 stairway full of artefacts is more than enough to look at in one day!
Armed with a wee colour coded map and a torch – some of the cabinets are slightly dark and the torch comes in useful – off I went for a wee tour of what is a very interesting and quirky little museum. There are glass cabinets and drawers full of every day objects as well as tiles, sculptures and art, which bring to life what life was like in ancient Egypt.
The highlights of my visit to the Petrie Museum were the mummy portraits, and the rare beadnet dress of a dancer. And of course how could I forget the skeleton in the big clay pot! I really was struck by the beauty of some of the artworks that were on display…
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is must visit museum for anyone interested in history, archaeology or ancient Egypt. They really do have fascinating and captivating collection of artefacts on display which are worth exploring.
Much of the collection housed in the Petrie Museum comes from documented excavations conducted by William Mathews Flinders Petrie, whom the museum is named after. The museum is recognised as holding one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world.
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
University College London
H = History courtesy of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. For more from the A to Z of Things to do & Places to Visit in London.