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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
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Rutherglen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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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149 reviews 149 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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45 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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 

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