The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
University College London
Malet Place
London WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 3108 9000

Planning your visit

Entry to the museum is free. We are open Tuesday - Saturday 13:00–17:00, and by appointment only to researchers on Mondays. 

There is currently no step-free access to the building due to a broken lift. We're very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The museum is closed for Easter between 17 April - 22 April 2019.

Research Services

Individual researchers are welcome outside public opening hours and are encouraged to visit on Mondays, when the museum is closed to the public. Space is limited and booking is essential. Email or ring us on +44 (0)20 7679 2884. It will help us prepare if you can search the online catalogue in advance and tell us the museum numbers of the objects you wish to see (normally up to 10 objects per day). If you wish to conduct analysis on objects please consult our analysis policy and complete an analysis request form. Requests are considered by a committee, and you should allow three months for consideration.


If you have mobility difficulties please contact us in advance of your visit and we will do our best to help. We may be able to arrange parking for you in the main university quadrangle (off Gower Street, see map). There is a banner over the entrance to the museum, which is located on the first floor of the DMS Watson library. Staff at the security desk just inside the library entrance will be able to direct you to the museum (please follow the signs). 

There is lift access to the museum on the first floor. Inside the museum visitors must negotiate two steps to reach the second gallery: a wheelchair lift is available. Occasionally on Saturdays in vacation time, or for evening events, lift access may not be possible; please contact us in advance of your visit to check.

Currently the nearest accessible toilet is at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. This can be found to your right as you exit the Petrie museum further along Malet Place, directly opposite the Institute of Making. There is a platform lift to enter the building, and once inside you will find the toilet to your right.

Lighting within the museum is less than ideal, and we offer visitors the loan of torches. Seating is available.

Photography & Filming

Photography without flash is allowed, but if you wish to order photographs ask a member of the museum staff when you visit.

All filmProfessional filming and photography should be arranged in advance. For more information, please read our guidelines on Professional Use of the Petrie Museum