"Petrie Museum of Egyptology" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by tvor

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The Petrie Museum is affiliated with the University College London and is found in the DMS Watson Library. You will access that via Malet Place, a little lane off Torrington Street which itself is off Gower Street, near Euston Square. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 1 p.m to 5 p.m. and is free entry. The museum is on the first floor (second for us North Americans) with elevator/lift access. Another gallery is two steps up. Check at the security desk on entry for a visitor card/pass. They may also offer you a flashlight (torch) as the lighting isn't always ideal in the museum, according to the website. You are allowed to take photos without a flash, which is nice though if the lighting is dim, you may not have the best results.

They have an extensive collection of egyptology and items from Sudan and the Nile Valley. You can see items from the times of the Pharaohs, the Romans and early Coptic era as well as much older. They have 5000 year old linen, costume and dress that dates from over 2000 BCE, and most of the items are from every day life gleaned from excavations.

I have not been to this museum yet but I most definitely plan to now that I know it's there. The photo with this tip is from the British Museum, by the way. When I get to the Petrie, I will replace it!

Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/petrie/

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  • Written Oct 18, 2011
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