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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  • You need to navigate your way around UCL to find this little museum. It is a little treasure and is crammed with small exhibits from ancient Egypt. The story about the museum and Mr Petrie is fascinat...  more »
  • The Petrie Museum is part of the University College of London museums and collections, exhibiting artefacts from ancient Egypt. The entrance is a little awkward to find as it's not on the main road, b...  more »
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  • amazing so much in such a small museum. very friendly staff. If you are visiting the British museum make sure you visit the Petri.
  • Mummified mice, bead dresses and other rarities await you at this prolific Egyptian university collection at UCL.
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