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Museum of the University of St Andrews

7a The Scores, St. Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
01334 461660
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Ranked #17 of 31 attractions in St. Andrews
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) is a free museum displaying some of the amazing treasures from the University's collection of over... more » Owner description: The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) is a free museum displaying some of the amazing treasures from the University's collection of over 112,000 artefacts. The Museum is located on the Scores in St Andrews and is home to St Salvator's Mace, which is still used in Graduation and Welcome ceremonies to this day. The museum has four galleries, a 'Learning Loft' and a viewing terrace with stunning panoramic views over St Andrews Bay. MUSA is family friendly and its galleries feature a number of fun hands-on interactives as well as an art cart which is full of creative activities for children from dressing up to drawing. Free admission. « less
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

It is a small museum. Pretty interesting for some displays. It is a museum for you to understand about St Andrews university; it's history, societies, inventions etc. But there is a pretty nice view from the top of the museum. Worth to drop by for awhile.

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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I visited this museum and I was extremley disappointed. The ladies at reception were not welcoming and no interaction was interpreted . I gathered a little bit of info on the University but was quite bored with the museum in general . But the balcony was one of the best viewing spots we encountered on our trip as the telescope... More

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear that you found the museum boring: visitors often tell us that they find the history of the University extremely interesting. People also usually enjoy MUSA’s interactive displays such as the archery game and the kaleidoscopes. Our Front of House staff are more than happy to receive any feedback in person, and... More

Essex
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35 attraction reviews
324 helpful votes 324 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Really well laid out and decorated Museum, nice to spend an hour here on your Day Visit to St Andrews, nice tea room with home cooked fayre, and nice ladies looking after you, the Coffee was excellent. Also the gift shop has some natty and unusual gifts, well worth a visit.

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review. Unfortunately you may have confused us with the St Andrews Museum, which is located in Kinburn Castle. MUSA is located on The Scores and explores the history of the University and Town from the medieval period to the present. MUSA does not have a coffee shop but we do have a fantastic viewing terrace... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

If you are walking by I would def stop in. It is small but worth 30 minutes to look around. Check the times though as it isn't always open in winter. I really enjoyed the history of St. Andrews especially the traditions of the 'families' and foam party. My cousin just started there so it was great to read up... More

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review of MUSA Katie. We're glad you enjoyed learning about the many traditions at the University of St Andrews. Our winter opening hours are from 1st November-31st March when we are open Thursday-Sunday 12-4pm. At the moment we have extended our summer opening hours to give more people a chance to see our temporary Medieval Maces exhibition!... More

St Andrews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If visiting the town of St Andrews this museum is one of the things that everyone should go and see, especially when it is free to enter. Not too large, but thoroughly interesting - giving a real understanding of the history of the town, and great for all age-groups. Also, has what must be the best viewing deck to look... More

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Vienna, Austria
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

If you have a student at St. Andrews this is definitely a must. It's informative, well presented, but that's it then.

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Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

While we were there they had a special display of maces. It was an interesting display of local and some international ceremonial maces. The rest of the museum provides a history of St Andrews and exhibits on former students and their accomplishments. It doesn't take long to see it all and it is worth the time.

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review of MUSA - it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Our temporary exhibition on Medieval Maces runs to the 8th of December, and features ceremonial maces from universities all over Europe, as well as the three beautiful maces from the University of St Andrews which are on display in... More

GrampianScotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Took some visitors from America to St.Andrews to visit the Old Course, see the Castle and the Cathedral, but the best part of the visit was the museum of St. Andrews University. It's easy to miss it as it's out of the way, but simply walk along The Scores and you come to it. The building is superb and the... More

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to MUSA! We've loved hearing all the positive responses to our temporary exhibition on Medieval Maces, which is on until 8th December. More

Southeast, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is a tiny gem of a place. The medieval ceremonial maces on view now are not to be missed; the permanent collection is interesting as well...from the lovely Chalmers stained glass window to university artifacts of fascinating historical value.

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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to MUSA! The temporary exhibition on Medieval Maces has certainly been very popular, and it's on until 8th December. More

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

For me (as a university graduate) a visit to the museum was very interesting, and my wife (who didn't go to the university) also found it interesting. Not big - 3 galleries and a viewing platform - but free entry. Interesting displays on the history of the university, and on events over the life-time of the university.

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