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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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Small but impeccably curated!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Alyth, United Kingdom
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Alyth, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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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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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

A very small museum, it starts off interesting enough, but there's no story to explain why particular pieces were on display. It struck me as an academic's folly, rather than the story of the university. Glad it was free. Won't go back.

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

Thanks for posting a review. Sorry to hear that you found the museum dull - most of our visitors enjoy the different themes of the galleries: from the chronological interpretation of the University's early history in gallery 1 to the themes of student life and achievements in galleries 2 and 3, as well as our changing temporary exhibition in gallery... More 

Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It's well worth a visit. It's the university museum and naturally very informative and chronicles the history of this awesome place

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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 how much you enjoyed MUSA and learning about the history of the University over the past 600 years! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If your in the St Andrews area then this museum is worth a visit. It is free entry. It has a beautiful view from the roof. It has a good bit of history about the Uni & area.

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

Thanks for your review. We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The roof terrace definitely has one of the best views in St Andrews! More 

Aberdeen
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Very well presented varied displays. Some hands on items for the kids too (magnetic jigsaw) and we were only sorry not to have more time to enjoy it. Lovely friendly welcome at the reception

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

Thanks for your review - brilliant to hear how much the kids enjoyed it. Our staff are always happy to have a chat about the museum, our collections or just the town in general, we've heard some great stories from former students and local people! More 

Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

No visit to the University of St. Andrews is complete without a visit to the Museum of the University of St. Andrews. The many exhibits dive deep into the University's over 600 year history.

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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 kind review. We do have 3 galleries devoted to the history of the University, as well as to students, staff and alumni associated with St Andrews and their achievements. We also have a temporary exhibition gallery so there will always be something new to see! More 

Pitscottie, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

very interesting museum, ever changing exhibits good place to take all of the family,many interesting activities for children

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

Thanks for posting a review. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoy our changing exhibits and all the different activities we have for kids. We also have a Facebook page and website where you can find out more about the organised events for children and adults! More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The Museum on The Scores has very interesting artefacts relating to The University, there is a gift shop and an excellent viewing balcony with a speaking telescope that highlights the surrounding area.

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

Thanks for the review. We're very glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

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Additional Information about Museum of the University of St Andrews

Address: 7a The Scores, St. Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
Phone Number: 01334 461660
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  St. Andrews
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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