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Petrie Museum Of Egyptian Archaeology

University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Introduction

  • This museum is open to members of the public and houses historical artefacts from ancient Egypt.
  • 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. 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.
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Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

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) is / are heavy.
    • 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).

Other Floors (Main Entrance to Reception)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
    • The stairs are located in front of you on entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 1m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on the first floor.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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 a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in).

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 is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to an additional section of the museum.
    • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • The stairs lead down to a fire escape. These steps are shown in photograph 3. There are museum exhibits and artefacts lining the entire length of the left side of the staircase as you go down. There is no alternative route back up and no lift, the same stairs must be used to return to the main museum sections.
    • There are not 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 no directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • 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 varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Museum

  • The museum provides both large print floor plans and museum maps for those that require them.
  • Guided tours are also given.
  • There is also a handling box containing a number of the museums collection pieces which can be brought out for those with visual impairments to experience.
  • Torches can also be provided to those who require them due to poor lighting in some areas of the museum.
  • Audio described museum tour available via app.

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 225kg.
  • 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 clear door width is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 75cm x 120cm (2ft 6in x 3ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • 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 medium.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located within the DMS Watson Building.

Standard Toilet(s)

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