Current exhibitions

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Date: 1 July 2015 – 25 January 2016. | Time: Museum Opening Times | Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology | Price: Free | Age group: Any |

“A Petrie dig is a thing with a flavour of its own: tinned kidneys mingled with mummy-corpses and amulets in the soup…” T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) in 1912.

Meet the characters whose lives became caught up in the discovery, care and rediscovery of the collections in the Petrie Museum on its one-hundredth anniversary. Characters and Collections tells the story of famous archaeologists as well as those hardly known who helped excavate the objects in Egypt and then lovingly looked after them in London. Petrie influenced generations of archaeologists, such as Howard Carter:

“Petrie’s training transformed me, I believe, into something of the nature of an investigator, [teaching me] to dig and examine systematically” (Howard Carter 1892)

Personal stories are displayed with pertinent, and often surprising, objects to bring the formation of this world-class museum to life.

020 7679 4138 |

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Date: Monday 28 September - Friday 18 December 2015 | Time: Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm | Location: UCl Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: Parental guidance advised |

Roderick Tye: The Human Presence, is an exhibition featuring the work of Roderick Tye (1959-2009), celebrated sculptor and dedicated fisherman. Curated by former colleagues at the Slade School of Fine Art in collaboration with UCL Art Museum, UCL Pathology Collections and UCL Anatomy Department, the display will present Tye's figurative sculptures and drawings.

For more information please go to Roderick Tye: The Human Presence

02076792540 |

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Date: 1st October to 19th December | Time: 1pm to 5pm | Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, University Street, WC1E 6DE | Price: Free | Age group: All |

How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morgan explores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum's collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica.

Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection of glass sponges, Eleanor has been exploring glass as a material, its cultural significance and how living and inorganic glass interact. Glass Delusions is an exhibition of her new work inspired by the Museum’s collection, the conversations she has had with biologists, chemists, geologists and engineers along the way, and the challenge of re-animating a museum of dead creatures.

The exhibition is free and there is no need to book

020 3108 2052 |

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Date: 11 January - 24 March 2016 | Time: Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm | Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT | Price: FREE, drop-in | Age group: ALL |

We are pleased to announce that in January 2016 we'll be opening the exhibition Revolution under a King: French prints 1789-91, showing a unique collection of prints from the first three years of the French Revolution. The exhibition will consist of vivid coloured prints of major events from the period, and a selection of medals, including one made from ‘chains of servitude’ supposedly found in the ruins of the Bastille.

For more information please go to the exhibition web page.

02076792540 |