UCL: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
- UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT
- +44 (0)20 7679 2884
- Opening times
- Tuesday-Saturday, 13.00-17.00
- Closest station
- Euston Square, Goodge Street
The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.
The beginnings of the museum
The Petrie Museum is a university museum. It was set up as a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London (UCL). Both the department and the museum were created in 1892 through the bequest of the writer Amelia Edwards (1831-1892).
Amelia Edwards donated her collection of several hundred Egyptian antiquities, many of historical importance. However, the collection grew to international stature in scope and scale thanks mainly to the extraordinary excavating career of the first Edwards Professor, William Flinders Petrie (1853-1942).
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