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Petrie Museum Of Egyptian Archaeology

University College London, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

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Introduction

  • This museum is open to members of the public and houses historical artefacts from ancient Egypt. A portable hearing loop can be made available to visitors if arranged in advance.
  • There is step free access into the museum via the DMS Watson Building.
    The entrance from DMS Watson Building is located on the first floor and the width of this entrance is less then 75cm.
  • Related link DMS Watson Building.
  • Https://www.accessable.co.uk/ucl/access-guides/dms-watson-building

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • UCL is based in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Most of the buildings are close to the Euston Road (A501) and are located within the Congestion Charge Zone.
    • There is on street parking available on some of the streets in and around the UCL area.
  • By Bus View
    • There are many bus routes that stop close to the University buildings. The following bus routes stop on Gower Street, outside the main gate:-
      10 (Hammersmith Bus Station to King's Cross Station)
      14 (Putney Heath to Warren Street Station)
      24 (Hampstead Heath to Pimlico)
      29 (Wood Green to Trafalgar Square)
      73 (Victoria Bus Station to Stoke Newington)
      134 (North Finchley Bus Station to Tottenham Court Road)
      390 (Archway Station to Notting Hill Gate).
  • By Train View
    • Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross stations are close to the majority of the University buildings. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The closest tube stations to Gower Street are Euston Square (Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines), Warren Street (Northern and Victoria lines), Euston (Northern and Victoria lines) and Russell Square (Piccadilly line).
      There are many other tube stations in the vicinity of the University, including King's Cross St Pancras, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street.
      The step-free underground stations nearby are; Euston Square, King’s Cross St Pancras and Tottenham Court Road.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • On street parking is managed by Camden Council, one of the four central London boroughs in which the "Blue Badge Scheme" does not apply fully.
      Unless your Blue Badge was issued by Camden Council, you are restricted to using designated "Blue Badge parking bays".
      There is a Blue Badge parking bay, which can accommodate three cars, outside 20 Bedford Way.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 69cm (2ft 3in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located either side of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does not have handrails.
    • The width of the ramp is 130cm (4ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • Staff can escort visitors from the main entrance to the accessible entrance within the DMS Watson Library upon request.

Other Floors (Main Entrance to Reception)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located directly in front of main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 1m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, single doors which may be difficult to open to access the stairwell on the first floor.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Reception (Main)

  • The Museum Reception is located at the top of the main entrance staircase.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the top of the main entrance staircase.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is stepped access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are moderate to good.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Step-free access to Reception is possible by travelling through a staff office on approach from the DMS Watson Library.

Entrance (DMS Watson Building to Museum Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the first floor of the DMS Watson Building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a bell for assistance at the second entrance door with a height of 140cm.
    • Staff can escort visitors from the main entrance to this entrance within the DMS Watson Library upon request.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the majority of the building, via lift.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the museum from the reception via the main entrance.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • These steps are shown in photograph 1.
    • There is/are 2 clearly marked step(s), with a handrail on the right going up, for access to the lowered section of the museum.
    • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • These steps are shown in photograph 2.
    • There are no doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Museum

  • The Museum provides large print floor plans and maps.
  • The Museum has guided tours during opening times.
  • Torches can be provided upon request due to poor lighting in some areas of the Museum.
  • There is an audio described Museum tour available via an app.
  • For more information on the museum it is advised that visitors get in touch by emailing [email protected].

Lift (Access to Lower and Upper Museum Floors)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the lowered section of the museum.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 300kg.
  • The lift is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the DMS Watson to Museum entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 125cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 1in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is good.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located within the Changing Place on the ground floor of the DMS Watson Building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest available standard toilets are located in the DMS Watson Building on the first floor. Please see the DMS Watson Building guide for more details.