by Gill Chris
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 is great about the museum is that it focuses on the smaller objects that many people might gloss over at the British Museum. Everyday objects like pottery, 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. Why not start with a morning visit to see the Rosetta Stone at The British Museum, continue with a leisurely lunch nearby, and finish with an afternoon visit to the Petrie. You’ll have an Egypt-tastic day out!
The British Museum is easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals by tube (Central, Piccadilly or Northern lines) or by numerous buses.
This article was originally published on Spotted by Locals London