London, England

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology

This strange little museum is itself a relic of times gone past, in addition to containing relics of times gone past.

One of London’s hidden gems

You could be forgiven for walking past the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology without even realising it was a museum. Behind the humble facade, however, lies a charming museum dedicated to Ancient Egypt and all the wonders it has to offer, presented in the original Victorian style of the museum–so you get a glimpse into two periods in time at once!

A unique museum experience

Even if you’re not especially interested in Ancient Egypt (though who isn’t?) the Petrie museum is worth visiting because it’s such an odd place. Since it’s more or less unchanged from the way it was initially built in the Victorian era, things we might take for granted in other museums–such as adequate lighting–are absent here. The solution is to ask to borrow a torch, making this almost certainly the only museum in the world where this is necessary, and therefore a novel holiday story to tell.