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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 #18 of 32 attractions in St. Andrews
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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Atascocita, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Awesome museum. Lots of great displays and neat gift shop.. Staff was very helpful. II loved the history of the university as I knew nothing about it before visiting the museum.

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Morgan City, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This pretty little museum has beautiful displays of the artifacts and history of St. Andrews and its prestigious university. There is an activity center for children, too. It is a great stop to rest and regroup as you explore St. Andrews, and it is free.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a splendid little attraction, all for free, that gives you a first class glimpse at the history of this ancient seat of learning. There are some good displays and hands-on activity and even a balcony with a lovely view over to west sands. Well worth a few minutes of your day in the city.

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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 Neil, we're really happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We now have a temporary exhibition space in gallery 4 so please do pop by again if you are back in St Andrews. Our upcoming exhibition in September focuses on the study of Medicine in St Andrews, which promises to be really interesting! More

Brooklyn, New York
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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This is a small but immaculate museum, that also has a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea. Good for an hour visit, to get the history of this historic town and university. FREE.

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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 write a review of MUSA. We're glad you enjoyed the museum, and of course our famous terrace view! One of the great things about the University of St Andrews is that it has always been closely integrated with the town, so visitors to MUSA learn a lot about local history as well as the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a very well done exhibition . One gets the sense of history as well as information about the great programs offered and sense of history of the institution.

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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 kind review Carolyn! We're very proud of our long history as the oldest university in Scotland so we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the exhibitions. More

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

Thanks for the review Vivian. We're glad you enjoyed the museum. The view from the terrace is a highlight for many of our visitors! More

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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38 attraction reviews
353 helpful votes 353 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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29 attraction reviews
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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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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