The Petrie Museum houses around 80,000 objects, it's one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. Highlighting the life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period. At the Museum you will find one of the earliest pieces of linen from Egypt (about 5000 BC), the earliest example of metal from Egypt, the first worked iron beads, the earliest example of glazing and plenty more of ancient items.
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 the Museum on +44 (0)20 7679 2884. Please prepare which objects you wish to see by the online catalogue in advance and tell 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 you must consult the analysis policy and complete an analysis request form. Requests are considered by a committee, allow three months for consideration.
Each trail contains a museum map with a list of objects for easy location. They are written by museum staff, PhD candidates or specialists and are authored.
ISLAMIC EGYPT (Long Trail)
Explore the often hidden beauty of objects from Islamic period Egypt with this trail written by expert Carolyn Perry. Generously sponsored by the British Egyptian Society: Islamic Egypt
CARTONNAGE MASK CONSERVATION (Long Trail)
Go behind the scenes of the museum to find out how conservation treatment determines how we see the faces of some of the mummy masks: Cartonnage Mask Conservation
ALEXANDER AND THE GREEKS (Long Trail)
Find out about the Greeks in Egypt and Alexander the Great. Please note this trail contains some sexually explicit words and images: Alexander and the Greeks
SCI-FI EGYPT (Long Trail)
"With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same." HG Wells (1898), The War of the Worlds, p.1
Discover how Dr Who encountered Seth, what Stargate takes from Egypt and how the past fills our visions of the future. Written by Dr Who BBC Books author and general sci-fi geek, Simon Guerrier. Sci-Fi Egypt
GOTHIC EGYPT (Long Trail)
Find out more about the fascination of Egypt for the morbid and macabre in Gothic Egypt: Gothic Egypt
BEYOND ISIS AND OSIRIS (long Trail)
Take another look at sexuality in Ancient Egypt in this popular trail written by John J Johnston. Please note, this trail contains some sexually explicit words and images: Beyond Isis and Osiris
AMELIA EDWARDS (Quick Guide)
A quick guide to the founding collection of the Petrie Museum and the founder of the museum Amelia Edwards: Amelia Edwards
MUMMIFIED (Quick Guide)
A quick guide to objects involved in mummification and burial of the dead in Ancient Egypt: Mummified
FOOD AND COOKERY (Quick Guide)
A quick guide to what the ancient Egyptians ate and the tools they used in cooking, this is a brief trail produced to illustrate examples of the types of food eaten in Ancient Egypt from the pre- dynastic period (before 3100BC) to the Roman period (AD400 approx). It was produced as part of UCL’s Food Junctions in May 2010, there is even a Recipe for Poppy Seed Bread. Food and Cookery
FREEMASONRY AND ANCIENT EGYPT (Quick Guide)
A quick guide to objects associated with the Freemasonry movement and its history. This is a trail that accompanied a lecture on the uses of ancient Egypt by freemasonry, Freemasonry and Ancient Egypt