The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 13:00-17:00, and by appointment only to researchers on Mondays.
We are not able to open around Christmas and Easter due to the holiday closure of UCL.
Individual researchers are welcome outside public opening hours and are encouraged to visit on Mondays, when the museum is closed to the public. For space reasons 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 (there are signs).
There is lift access to the museum on the first floor, and to the toilet for visitors with disabilities on the third 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.
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.