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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 #6 of 14 Attractions in St. Andrews
Type: Museums
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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.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Really enjoyed visiting the museum which is crammed with information about the University and its role locally and in context of Scotland's wider history. Child friendly activities are available. Free entry.

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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. It's fantastic to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. Our child-friendly activities are always very popular - we've even spotted adults having a go on occasion! More

Blackpool
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Called here during a visit to the open day at the university, a small and very informative museum charting the life of the museum. The staff were very welcoming and very informative and I would recommend a visit if you are in the area, the views from the balcony at the back on a clear day are amazing

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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're really happy to hear that we made you feel so welcome - we do enjoy the open days, as it's always nice to chat to prospective students and their parents! It's great to hear that you had a clear day to enjoy the view from the terrace! More

Vancouver, Canada
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This relatively modest size museum is well worth an hours visit. On display are a large variety of very interesting artifiacts and the stories behind them which give context not only to the story of the university and town but to the history of Scotland as a whole. I hugely enjoyed the experience

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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. It's really great to hear how much you enjoyed visiting MUSA. As you noticed, St Andrews and the University has had a disproportionate influence over the course of Scottish history, especially as the town was once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. More

Tennessee, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped in this small museum on the campus of the University on our walk to the castle. We honestly were not expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised at the collection of historical tomes and exhibits. We also enjoyed the observation deck and the beautiful views over St. Andrews bay.

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

Thanks for writing a review! We're very glad to hear you enjoyed learning about the University's history at MUSA. Many visitors enjoy the viewing terrace - it is perhaps the best view in St Andrews! More

Linlithgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

St Andrew's university is so grand and ancient and their museum tells the perfect story! It is hidden away, off the Main Street, therefore take time to seek it out. Lovely pieces on display, especially The Maces. I definitely learned a lot!

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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. The maces are fantastic - did you know they are the oldest surviving University maces anywhere in the world? Since your last visit we've also opened a new exhibition about the study of medicine in St Andrews, so if you are passing through again there is plenty more to see at MUSA. More

Alabama
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Museum provides and nice glimpse into the history of Scotland's oldest university. See microscopes from McIntyre, archery medals, robes, and walk up to the roof and look out of the talking telescope if it is a clear day. What a view!

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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. Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed seeing our wide range of objects and that you had a clear day for the roof terrace: it really is a beautiful view! More

preston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On arrival you are greeted by a very pleasant welcome from the staff. The museum is very interesting and enjoyable. We had a peek at the teaching room for school children and what a great and inspirational space for learning. The viewing platform is well worth a visit for the great views St Andrews.

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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 glad you enjoyed your visit to MUSA and that our staff made you feel so welcome! Please come back to visit at any time: we are currently planning a new exhibition which opens in October and explores the study of Medicine at the University. More

glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A great insight into the evolution of the uni and town. Definitely worth a visit. Free of charge and the roof terrace is superb!

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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! Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We now have a temporary exhibition space in MUSA, so from October onwards we'll have a new exhibition about the study of medicine at St Andrews. Please do pop by again if you have the chance! More

Gourock, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a free museum where you can learn about the famous university. It has activities to make the visit interesting for all ages. The viewing balcony upstairs offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

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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! Great to hear that you enjoyed MUSA and that our staff were so helpful! We really enjoy talking to our visitors about the objects on display and the university in general. More

Sarasota, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Youthful receptionists greet you. Museum is fairly new ---2006? Well maintained. Views of the water from the upstairs terrace. Free. Easy walk from main Market St.

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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! The museum opened in 2008 after a significant redevelopment: the building was previously used as a coach house for the Principal's residence. MUSA is very lucky to benefit from the enthusiasm of a number of University students who volunteer and work at the museum - their knowledge of student traditions comes in especially useful! More

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