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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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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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excellent static display and interesting temporary exhibits

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 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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245 reviews 245 reviews
59 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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 

Rutherglen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

interesting facts of what the university was like then and what it is now. it has a wealth of knowledge of the past and present graduates , some whom you'd never think had the brains to go there lol. told you the history of the red gowns worn by the grads and how some changes were made to them over... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Great to hear that you learned a lot during your visit. Our front of house staff are always very happy to answer any questions! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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
Top Contributor
151 reviews 151 reviews
29 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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 

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