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Museum of the University of St Andrews

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Address: 7a The Scores, St. Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
Phone Number: 01334 461660
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: The Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) is a free museum...
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.
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History with a view!

I went to the museum because of a temporary exhibit I had seen advertised - on documenting Britain during WWII. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire museum. Very well done... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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philadelpha, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I went to the museum because of a temporary exhibit I had seen advertised - on documenting Britain during WWII. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire museum. Very well done - interesting and informative. There were a number of areas that were meant to engage kids as well, which seemed creative. And not to be missed - the roof... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Worth a look whilst in this city-a bit of history surrounds this uni city and the extra little bits allows to explore and handson stuff is interesting.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This museum has a fair few interesting bits and pieces plus it is free to go in. It gives a good history of the university and the town - particularly around the time of the reformation. There is a fabulous view from out the front which can be accessed from a gateway to the left of the entrance.

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Glad to hear you enjoyed MUSA and the viewing terrace upstairs! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Free museum giving museum history and that of St Andrews, also an excellent view point from outside decking and free admission.

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your visit! More 

London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Beautiful building with a surprising amount in it. Chap in the upstairs art room was lovely to the kids and they were very inspired by their visit.

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit - we love having families at the museum and it's good to hear that the kids were inspired by the Learning Loft! It's a great space with something for everyone! More 

Gliwice, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We were walking by snd stepped in. Interesting place; history of the university. Pity it's small.. Pity there is no cafe on a lovely top terrace that offers wonderful view of the beach.

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We think the terrace view is one of the best views in St Andrews! More 

Uddingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is what I would describe as a "pocket sized" museum but it provides a lot of information. Entry is free. It is situated near to the Castle Museum and it tells the history of the University as well as the town. It highlights the well known people who attended the University and showcases the famous alumni who have made... More 

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving a review of MUSA. We are very glad to hear how much you enjoyed the museum! More 

Alyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This small but fascinating museum is part of St Andrews University. It was hosting an exhibition "Recording Britain" which attracted our attention as we walked by. The museum houses a series of exhibits ilustrating the establishment of St Andrews and its University - the oldest in Scotland. There is a focus on life at the university over time; famous former... More 

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Musa S, Operations Officer at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review! It's great to hear how much you enjoyed the Recording Britain exhibition - it is a fascinating art exhibition linked to such an important period of our history! In September we will be opening an accompanying exhibition of the Recording Scotland collection at the Gateway Galleries - well worth... More 

Leiden, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The University is over 600 years old, yet the museum barely covers this long history. It is informative, though it would be better if it was a bit bigger.

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Musa S, Manager at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review

Hi Dimitrios thanks for the review. It's great to hear you found the museum so informative! I don't think it is fair to say that the 4 galleries 'barely cover' the history of the University. MUSA is not meant to offer a chronological story of the University over the past 600 years; many our objects explore themes such as student... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

You have to drop by if you know nuts about Scottish history like me! I learnt a lot about the Reformation and the traditions of St. Andrews as well as saw some works by ex-students. It is free to enter and you can spend about half an hour to an hour here.

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

Many thanks for your review. It's great to hear that you learned a lot at MUSA! It's a great place to find out about the University but also the town and Scottish history more generally as St Andrews was an important religious site in Scotland for hundreds of years. Our links with past and current students is also very strong... More 

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