For many visitors to London, a major highlight of their trip is visiting the British Museum and seeing the Egyptian mummies. The problem with doing this is that every single other tourist is doing the same thing at the same time! So instead of being alone with a mummy, you’re standing behind a group of students pressing their faces along the glass panels. Not very educational…
What many visitors (and even locals) don’t know is that there’s a whole museum dedicated to Egyptian artefacts – and it’s only a fifteen minute walk from the British Museum! The Petrie Museum is located on the University College London campus and hosts over 80.000 archaeological objects. What I like most about the museum is that it focuses on the smaller objects that many people might gloss over at the British Museum. Everyday objects like amulets, jewels and musical instruments can help give a clearer picture of what typical daily life was like for most Egyptians.
The visiting hours are limited to afternoons, so it makes a perfect companion stop to your British Museum wander. I would recommend a morning visit with the Rosetta Stone, a leisurely lunch nearby, followed by an afternoon visit to the Petrie. You’ll have an Egypt-tastic day out!
Take note that the museum will be closed for an upgrade from late December to early March. However some of the exhibits may pop up around the neighbourhood!