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“Nice Diversion for an Hour” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of the University of St Andrews

Museum of the University of St Andrews
7a The Scores, St. Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
01334 461660
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Ranked #19 of 32 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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“Nice Diversion for an Hour”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
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 overlooking St Andrews Bay and a lovely museum shop.
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“Worth a quick stop”
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 on the traditions when hearing her stories.

There is also a viewing deck on the top which is worth a look.

Visited November 2013
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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
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! So until 8th December the museum is open 10-5 Monday-Saturday, and 12-4 on Sundays.
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“An absolute must for visitors to St Andrews”
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 out across the golf courses, beach and bay.

Visited June 2013
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“A quick tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

If you have a student at St. Andrews this is definitely a must. It's informative, well presented, but that's it then.

Visited November 2013
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“Small but Interesting museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

While we were there they had a special display of maces. It was an interesting display of local and some international ceremonial maces. The rest of the museum provides a history of St Andrews and exhibits on former students and their accomplishments. It doesn't take long to see it all and it is worth the time.

Visited October 2013
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Musa S, Senior Visitor Services Facilitator at Museum of the University of St Andrews, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to post a review of MUSA - it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! Our temporary exhibition on Medieval Maces runs to the 8th of December, and features ceremonial maces from universities all over Europe, as well as the three beautiful maces from the University of St Andrews which are on display in MUSA all year round.
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