Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, Reading

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The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology contains one of the most important collections of Greek antiquities in the United Kingdom. The Museum forms part of the Department of Classics at the University of Reading and is situated on the university's Whiteknights Campus, about from the centre of the English town of Reading, Berkshire. The museum is open to the public Monday to Friday and there is no admission charge.CollectionsThe museum houses a collection of material from the Greek and Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics and terracottas. Other exhibits include prehistoric pottery, metal and stone artifacts of Greek and Roman dates, and a collection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from the Pre-dynastic to the Roman period. These include musical instruments, bronze and copper artefacts and jewellery, a funeral boat and a mummified cat's head.HistoryThe museum was created in 1922 by the first Professor of Classics at the University, Percy Ure, although it contains an earlier donation of Egyptian antiquities made by Mrs Flinders Petrie in 1909 to the then Reading University College. The collections have grown through the generosity of various donors, and are recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. The museum is named after Professor Ure and his wife, Dr Annie Ure, who was the museum's first curator.
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  • Went to the museum for an "Awesome Archaeology" workshop with my 7-year-old which lasted two hours - it included a talk about what archaeologists are, a mini "excavation", artefacts handling (the most...  more »
  • This is a very small museum, just one room and not worth a special visit unless you have a particular interest in Greek Archaeology. However if combined with the two other university Museums, Zoology ...  more »
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  • Saturday kids club is well organised and engaging
  • Nice museum with some really interesting artefacts to look at however very small and maybe a little bit difficult to find and parking in the uni is limited and costs too
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